How Does Heat Help Your Muscles?

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If you’ve ever had back pain, you’ve probably treated it with a heating pad. The application of heat can do wonders for an aching back, and while you may not be sure how it works, you’re simply happy that it provides relief. At World’s Best Massage Chairs (WBMC), we carry a number of amazing chairs that feature built-in heat capabilities, and in this post, we’ll look at how a little rise in temperature can help your sore muscles.

Better Blood Flow

When your muscles are cold and constricted, it can affect the flow of oxygen throughout your body. Oxygen is taken into the lungs and carried to your muscles by the hemoglobin in your blood. Once the hemoglobin reaches your muscles, the oxygen is released. If your body is cold, the oxygen becomes more tightly bonded to the hemoglobin, and it’s more difficult for it to release and flow into your muscles. This can lead to more stiffness in your back or wherever the pain is located. With the heat from your massage chair, you can warm up those muscles and promote better blood flow, which means more oxygen is getting to your muscles. This helps them contract more easily, and the oxygen carries the nutrients they need to repair themselves.

Stimulate Sensory Receptors

Heat also stimulates the sensory receptors in your skin, and when applied to your lower back, it can decrease the pain signals that are being sent from the affected area to your brain. While the relief may only be temporary while you’re sitting in your chair, the heat can help you relax and focus on something other than the knot in your back or the twinge in your shoulder.

When Not to Apply Heat

While heat application can help in a number of instances, it’s not always the best solution in every case. If you’ve injured your back and the skin and tissue are sensitive to the touch, it’s best not to apply heat until any swelling or sensitivity has gone down. In these instances, ice is likely to be a much better remedy. You want to soothe the inflamed area, not exacerbate the problem with more heat. If you’ve been hurt, you’ve hopefully been to see a doctor or medical professional, and he or she will tell you whether hot or cold therapy will be best for your injury.

Find the Right Setting

With a luxury massage chair, you can find the right setting for your heat application. Several of the options in our online store have infrared back and seat heat, which are ideal for lumbar pain. When paired with a gentle massage, the infrared heat can soothe and relax sore muscles, and you can set the levels exactly where you want them. You can also simply sit in your chair without the heat and massage functions turned on, since each chair is designed to provide amazing comfort and relaxation!

If you’re interested in ordering a massage chair to have in your home or office, look through our catalog today. We have options from leading brands such as D.Core, Panasonic, and Positive Posture, and each chair in our store offers amazing benefits that can make you feel amazing every time you sit in yours. At WBMC, our mission is to connect customers with the perfect chair, and with our same-day shipping and free white glove delivery, you can have your new chair in as little as two weeks.

The next time you have a sore back or your muscles are exhausted from a strenuous workout, you won’t have to break out the heating pad – you can sit in your massage chair and enjoy the benefits of built-in infrared heat.

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