Heat Pack

- Jul 20, 2017 -

Heat pack is a flexible bag containing special heat-holding chemicals. Applying one to a strained muscle or a broken bone is considered heat therapy, as opposed to placing an ice pack on a sprained ankle or a head injury for cold therapy. Heat tends to allow muscle tissue to expand and loosen, which is why a coach or physical therapist may use a heat pack immediately following an injury or wait until the initial swelling has lessened.

Heat packs may be used to treat stiff muscles as they recover from overexertion. A patient suffering from Bell's Palsy or other facial ailments may also benefit from them. Other typical uses of these items are personal hand warming, preparation for scuba diving and hypothermia treatment. They may also be found in food containers designed to transport casserole dishes or other hot meals.

Perhaps the most common form of heat pack uses a blue-colored silica gel wrapped in a puncture-resistant plastic bag. The gel can be placed in a microwave oven and heated to several hundred degrees, although human skin shouldn't be exposed to temperatures much above 140 degrees Fahrenheit. After the gel has been heated, the pack can be applied carefully to the affected area. It can be reheated as necessary and a protective towel should be placed between the patient and the pack itself. This form of heat pack can also be frozen and used for cold therapy.

A heat pack is a flexible bag containing special heat-holding chemicals. Applying one to a strained muscle or a broken bone is considered heat therapy, as opposed to placing an ice pack on a sprained ankle or a head injury for cold therapy. Heat tends to allow muscle tissue to expand and loosen, which is why a coach or physical therapist may use a heat pack immediately following an injury or wait until the initial swelling has lessened.

Heat packs may be used to treat stiff muscles as they recover from overexertion. A patient suffering from Bell's Palsy or other facial ailments may also benefit from them. Other typical uses of these items are personal hand warming, preparation for scuba diving and hypothermia treatment. They may also be found in food containers designed to transport casserole dishes or other hot meals.

Maybe ost common form of heat pack uses a blue-colored silica gel wrapped in a puncture-resistant plastic bag. The gel can be placed in a microwave oven and heated to several hundred degrees, although human skin shouldn't be exposed to temperatures much above 140 degrees Fahrenheit. After the gel has been heated, the pack can be applied carefully to the affected area.This form of heat pack can also be frozen and used for cold therapy.It can be reheated as necessary and a protective towel should be placed between the patient and the pack itself. 

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