What is Moist Therapy?
Moist Heat can reduce muscle spasms, reduce joint stiffness, and make soft tissue more flexible. Heat can be used to help loosen tight muscles and joints during a warm-up period before exercise. Moist heat also called superficial heat is a physical therapy modality used to control pain, speed healing, relax muscles, and increase range of motion. In moist heat treatment, a hot pack is placed on the tight or painful area and left there for about 10 or 15 minutes.
PHYSIOLOGICAL EFFECTS OF MOIST HEAT
Physiotherapy Moist Treatment
Any heating pads, whether they have water or gel inside, need a layer in between the source and your body to avoid burning the skin. You may see your physiotherapist using a hydrocollator, which heats pads in a thermostatically controlled water bath. The pads are put in covers before being placed on the injured area. Any source of moist heat should be monitored throughout to ensure the skin does not overheat. You shouldn’t use heat therapy when the injured area is bruised, swollen or the skin is broken or hot to the touch.