Once you have gotten past the acute stages of healing an injury, applying heat can be both soothing and healing. But did you know the best source of heat comes from the body itself? The body will create heat when massage is administered. This heat from within the body will separate muscle fibers that are stuck together and increase circulation to the injured area.
Using heat and massage for chronic conditions before participating in activities will help prevent re-injury. The cold laser is another method of increasing circulation to a healing injury.
Do not use heat treatments after activity, and do not use heat after an acute injury or if an infection is present. At that time, ice is preferable, keeping tissues in a state of “suspended animation.”