There are many ways to warm aching muscles, including but not limited to taking a hot bath. When you apply heat to an inflamed muscle group, your tightened and sore muscles will relax. Similarly, the heat will promote better flow and circulation of blood to the area while eliminating the buildup of lactic acid waste.
How long should you heat a sore muscle?
Heat helps warm our muscles, increasing blood flow to the area. Heating pads ease muscle soreness by applying low heat, directly to the source of pain. Leave on for about 20 minutes, and be sure to place a towel between the pad and skin to avoid potential burns.
Is a heating pad good for a pulled muscle?
“But ice wins for acute pain, inflammation and swelling. Heat perpetuates the cycle of inflammation and can be harmful.” Adds Sports Health physical therapist Carol Ferkovic Mack, DPT, SCS, CSCS: “Moist heat helps to loosen injured muscles before activity or stretching. Icing afterward can minimize pain.”