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 29 2
Muscle and joint pain 26 1
Fibromyalgia 10 1
Muscle spasms 3 0
Pain in lower back 3 0

Show all 22 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

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
1other as needed 3
2 other daily 1
2 hr four times daily 1
0mg as needed 1
15minutes as needed 1
1hours 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
1 - 6 months 1
5 - 10 years 4
10 years or more 6

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.