Treat Chronic Neck Pain With Heat Therapy

If you’re experiencing chronic neck pain, the most important thing you can do is receive an accurate diagnosis. This will put you on track to overcoming the root cause once and for all. 

While you’re searching for an answer, you may want to consider using heat therapy to treat your pain and discomfort. Not only is it easy to take advantage of this treatment at home, but it’s also inexpensive.

There are many benefits of heat therapy, including but not limited to:

  • Increase blood flow to the injured area.
  • Warm up muscles and other soft tissues. 
  • Increase flexibility.
  • Reduce muscle tightness.

Heat therapy comes in many forms, such as the following:

  • Heating paid
  • Warm, damp towel
  • Warm bath or shower
  • Heat pack

Experiment with all of these options to determine which one is best. And while you’re at it, pay attention to how long it takes to find relief. For some, 15 to 30 minutes is all it takes to feel better. Others, however, prefer that their therapy extends much longer.

Heat therapy can help relieve the pain associated with many injuries, but it’s not a replacement for a medical diagnosis. You want to be 100 percent sure of the underlying issue, as this allows you to receive the right care in the near future. 

Virginia Spine Specialists is an award-winning, minimally invasive spinal care practice with locations in Fredericksburg, VA and Manassas, VA. We also serve these Northern and Central Virginia locations: Haymarket, Gainesville, Culpepper, Front Royal, Spotsylvania, Stafford, Colonial Beach, Tappahannock and Lake Anna.