What is Heat therapy?

Category: Equipment

Most popular types: Heating pad/Hot Shower on Massage


Heat therapy is most commonly used for rehabilitation purposes. The therapeutic effects of heat include increasing the extensibility of collagen tissues; decreasing joint stiffness; reducing pain; relieving muscle spasms; reducing inflammation, edema, and aids in the post acute phase of healing; and increasing blood flow. The increased blood flow to the affected area provides proteins, nutrients, and oxygen for better healing.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Pain 28 2
Muscle and joint pain 26 1
Fibromyalgia 10 1
Muscle spasms 3 0
Pain in lower back 3 0

Show all 21 reasons taken

  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 0
Moderate 0
Mild 0
None 3

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Heat therapy

Side effect Patients
Muscle tension 1
Pain in left side of neck 1
Skin discoloration 1


Based on patients currently using Heat therapy

Dosage Patients
15minutes as needed 2
2 other daily 1
2 hr four times daily 1
0mg as needed 1
1hours as needed 1
1other as needed 1
20minutes as needed 1

Why patients stopped taking Heat therapy

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Course of treatment ended 1
Doctor's advice 1
See all 2 patients who've stopped using Heat therapy


Currently using Heat therapy

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 2
1 - 6 months 1
6 months - 1 year 1
5 - 10 years 4
10 years or more 5

Stopped using Heat therapy

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
10 years or more 1
Adherence Evaluations
Always 0
Usually 2
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 1
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 0
A little hard to take 0
Not at all hard to take 3
Last updated:
There are no evaluations for Heat therapy.