#36alive 111: Heat Therapy

We all get tension in our muscles from time to time, especially with excessive sitting when driving, working on a laptop, or looking down at a smart phone.

There are many reasons why this happens, the reasons of which could be several blog posts on their own.

When I spend a lot of time in front of a laptop I notice it especially around my neck and this can build up quick, even when sitting for just half an hour, restricting my movement and resulting in little aches and pains (I can feel my neck tightening up right now as I type this).

While I am a firm believer that the best to remedy for muscle soreness / tightness / restriction with movement is actually moving, we can’t be moving all of the time. There are loads of fancy machines out there that can help alleviate a little pain, and expensive patches we can put on our body but sometimes the cheapest, simplest things can work just as good.

This is where a hot water bottle comes in handy.

Heat therapy is a cheap way to provide relief from aches, pain and stiffness in the body, helping the muscles to relax to provide more freedom of movement*.

So stick the kettle on, fill up your favourite hot water bottle, and place it on the area that feels tight for 15-20 minutes. And, if you’re wondering what my favourite hot water bottle looks like, wonder know more as that is it pictured, I’m sure you’ll agree it’s an absolute belter.

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*There are times when heat therapy is not a good idea, these include deep vein thrombosis, diabetes, dermatitis, infections, a new injury that is still inflamed, and burns. If in doubt always consult a medical professional.

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