Uses for Instant Hot Packs
For situations in which heat therapy is recommended for pain relief or healing, instant heat packs provide convenient and portable alternatives to heating pads and hot water bottles. Since heat is not an appropriate treatment option in all situations, consulting with a doctor is recommended prior to applying heat to any injury or painful area. Both disposable and reusable hot packs are available and come in various sizes, making them suitable for a wide range of uses. Some uses for instant hot packs are:
Relief from muscle aches, pains and stiffness. Heat helps to relax the muscles and can be a remedy for muscle pain or stiffness when inflammation is not present. Consulting with a doctor about chronic pain is important to ensure that heat application is suitable for your situation.
Alleviating joint pain. Applying heat for a limited amount of time can help alleviate joint pain associated with chronic conditions such as arthritis for some people.
Adding heat to the body in cases of mild hypothermia. Heat packs can be used to help gradually warm a person suffering from mild hypothermia. However, anyone in such situation should not be warmed too quickly, and attempting to warm a person may not be recommended in cases of severe hypothermia.
Relaxing the muscles prior to an athletic activity. Applying heat is a common technique used by those with arthritis to prepare for a doctor approved exercise regimen. Since heat helps relax the muscles, it can help prepare the muscles for physical activity and reduce exercise induced pain.
Keeping warm in cold environments. Even without the need to treat injuries, many enjoy the luxury of instant heat packs for warmth in cold environments such as outdoor sporting events, concerts and when working outdoors during the winter. Instant heat packs make excellent hand and body warmers and can make cold temperatures more comfortable.
Always consult with a doctor prior to applying heat to an injury or the site of pain if you are unsure whether heat therapy is the appropriate course of action. People with certain conditions are advised not to apply heat to an injury.
About MEDNET Direct: MEDNET Direct is a leading supplier of disposable supplies for medical, dental, spa and veterinarian offices. MEDNET offers a full line of products for cold shipping transport and hot and cold therapy including instant cold compress and reusable heat pack products from Nortech Labs.