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Heat Therapy

09.06.22

In today's digital age, the majority of us are spending eight or more hours behind a screen each day. And for the most part, we usually spend this time at a desk or in a seated position. Although this seems comfortable at the time and is how office spaces have been designed for decades, it could be doing us more harm than good.

Sitting for long periods of time, particularly if you have bad posture or don’t use an ergonomic chair, can have both short and long term effects on our muscles and our overall health, making what seems like a relatively benign activity potentially more harmful than we thought.

Along with muscle aches, long periods behind a screen, particularly throughout our work day, can often cause tension and stress causing our bodies to stiffen and lead to tension headaches and body tightness.

One proven way to alleviate muscle tension and body aches is through a treatment known as heat therapy. As the name suggests, it is a fairly straightforward practice and can be done through the use of a heat packs, water bottle or even in some cases a hot shower or bath.

How does heat therapy work?

Heat therapy has the ability to speed up the healing process by increasing blood flow throughout the body. Increased blood flow allows the body to deliver more oxygen and other vital nutrients throughout the body, which in turn helps to repair and heal damaged tissue at a increased rate.

Along with allowing your body to heal faster, heat therapy has the power to alleviate muscle spasms, body stiffness and helps to reduce inflammation throughout the body. By using heat to relax and loosen your muscles, it increases blood circulation throughout the body helping to relieve any built-up tension from the day.

In addition to reducing muscle tightness, heat therapy also has the power to reduce mental stress. I am sure you’ve all heard of the benefits of going to a day spa or having a hot bath, that’s because the power of heat can reduce oxidative stress on a chemical level, allowing your body to unwind and de-stress.

And if that wasn’t enticing enough, heat therapy also has the ability to boost your immunity, which, particularly through the colder months is a no brainer. By elevating your body temperature your body mimics the experience of having a fever, which puts your body into a defensive state and stimulates the immune system to respond on various levels.

So, if you are experiencing muscle aches, body tension, stiffness, or just plain old increased levels of stress, heat therapy is definitely something you should try. Baxter Blue has just released a Heated Neck Wrap, which uses the power of heat therapy to increase blood circulation throughout the body helping to reduce inflammation and stiffness, and bring instant relief to sore and stressed muscles.

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