As a registered nurse for over 20 years I used to think that folks who complained about back pain were "wussies"......until I hurt MY back....OUCH.....
While the overall qualities of warmth and heat have long been associated with comfront and relaxation, heat therapy goes a step further and can provide pain relief and healing benefits fro many types of lower back pain.
This article provides an examination of how heat therapy interacts with the body to alleviate pain as well as an option on how to apply heat therapy to help alleviate many types of lower back pain.
Many episodes of lower back pain result from strains and over-exertions, creating tension in the muscles and soft tissues around the lower spine. As a result, this restricts proper circulation and sends pain signals to the brain.
Muscle spasm in the lower back can create sensations that may range from mild discomfront to excruciating lower back pain. Heat therapy can help relieve pain from the muscle spasm and related tightness in the lower back.
Heat therapy application can help provide lower back relief through several mechanisms:
- Heat therapy dilates the blood vessels of the muscles surrounding the lumbar spine. This process increases the flow of oxygen and nutrients to the muscles, helping to heal the damaged tissue.
- Heat stimulates the sensory receptors in the skin, which means that applying heat to the lower back will decrease transmissions of pain signals to the brain and partially relieve the discomfront.
- Heat application facilitates stretching the soft tissues around the spine including muscles, connective tissue, and adhesions. Consequently, with heat therapy, there will be a decrease in stiffness as well as injury, with an increase in flexiblility and overall feeling of comfrot. Flexibility is very important for a healthly back.
The Vital Wrap is an ALL-IN-ONE system that combines heating, cooling, and compression. Designed to help reduce pain and swelling. The control unit, which includes a fluid reservoir, manages the temperature of the water used by the system to supply heat or cold to a fabric wrap attached to the body. By pumping the water through a heat-exchanging bladder inside the wrap, the control unit warms or cools the water to match the proper temperature setting, delivering precise and safe thermal therapy.
The Vital Wrap system is covered by Medicare for the diagnosis of Low Back Pain, Arthritis, Sciatia and Lower Extremity Numbess due to Diabetes (there are individual wraps for different parts of the body; ie low back, elbow, hip, knee, shoulder, ankle, hands)
MEDICARE COVERS THIS DEVICE.
YOU MAY BE ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE A SYSTEM AT NO COST TO YOU.
A PRESCRIPTION IS REQUIRED.