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Reduce Aches and Pains with a Hot Water Bottle

Many episodes of pain result from strains and over-exertions, creating tension in muscles and soft tissues.  As a result, this restricts proper circulation and sends pain signals to the brain.  Muscle spasms can create sensations that may range from mild discomfort to severe pain.  Heat therapy can help relieve pain form the muscle spasm and related tightness. 
Hot Water Bottle application can help provide pain relief several ways:
  • The heat from the hot water bottle dilates the blood vessels of the muscles.  This increases the flow of oxygen and nutrients to the muscles, helping to heal the damaged tissue
  • Heat from the hot water bottle stimulates the sensory receptors of the skin, which means that applying heat to the area of pain will decrease the transmissions of pain signals to the brain and relieve the discomfort
  • Heat from the hot water bottle facilitates stretching the soft tissues, muscles, connective tissue and adhesions.  With a hot water bottle, there will be a decrease in the stiffness and an increase in flexibility and comfort. 
Reducing aches and pains with a hot water bottle is easy to do - it can be done at home while relaxing or it can be portable making it an option while at work or in the car.