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Warming up with heat therapy

Stiff back? Aching muscles? We’ve all been there, and although OTC medication can help with pain, heat therapy actually improves range of motion and can reduce pain better than analgesics in some cases.

Although our products were not designed specifically to provide heat therapy, when an innovative customer shared that she uses of our Heated Add-On as a remedy for her sore back, we thought she might be on to something. Turns out that heat therapy has been used for centuries for pain management and to alleviate muscle spasms, so we decided to dedicate a post to the power behind our product—heat!

Muscle strain and injury

With spring in the air, lots of folks will be renewing their commitment to both yard work and outdoor exercise, both of which have the propensity to be a pain in the backside, if you know what I mean. That pain is typically caused by a breakdown in fascia and muscle tissue. Applying heat to painful, stiff areas causes blood vessels beneath the skin to dilate, flooding the area with oxygen-rich blood.

Increased blood flow to damaged areas helps remove toxins and lactic acid, which often builds up in overworked muscles, making post-workout heat therapy an ideal drug-free pain management strategy.

Applying heat prior to exercise can even help increase range of motion, potentially preventing injury.

Bring the heat to beat back pain

Relief for arthritis and chronic pain

 Sufferers of chronic pain caused by inflammation or arthritis may find relief from heat therapy as well, since the increased blood flow that helps heal broken down tissue also reduces inflammation and makes connective tissue more flexible. The Arthritis Foundation recommends heat therapy as part of a basic pain management and prevention strategy.

Choosing the right therapy for your condition

Heat therapy can frequently be most effective when alternated with cold therapy. For new injuries, ice or cold packs are usually recommended in order to reduce swelling. Understanding which therapy is right for your condition is an important consideration, and you should consult your doctor before undertaking any new therapeutic treatment.

 There are some reasons not to use heat therapy. Generally speaking:

  • Don’t use heat if there’s swelling. Use cold first, then heat.
  • Don’t use heat if you have poor circulation or diabetes.
  • Don’t use heat on an open wound or stitches.
  • Restrict use of heat to 20 minutes or less.

Relax and enjoy

The therapeutic benefits of direct heat notwithstanding, being warm and comfy is just plain relaxing. Our prescription for a chilly morning campground or outdoor soccer game? Chaheati! Our heated camp chairs and new “add-on” seat can make nearly any seating area warm and cozy.

What are your favorite uses for your Chaheati? Leave us a note in the comments and we’ll feature our favorites in an upcoming blog post!

 

 

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The Chaheati as a Therapeutic Device

So you’ve finished using your Chaheati after a week-long camping trip or a tailgate event. What do you typically do with it afterwards? Like most people who own camp chairs, your Chaheati heated camp chair likely rolls around in the trunk of your car or sits in the corner of your garage or basement. Well, what else are you going to do with it? Consider this: you could be using your Chaheati in the home as a therapeutic device.
“Use my heated camp chair as a therapeutic device?” you’re probably saying. No, we haven’t lost it completely. Heat therapy has been used for centuries as a way to heal what ails us. It’s only recently though that medical professionals have fully understood what happens when we apply heat to stiff and achy muscles and joints.

Heat therapy can be used to lessen the pain associated with arthritis, for example. Heat has the tendency to increase blood flow to the heated part of the body. This increased blood flow applies not only to the joints but also to the muscles and skin. For those suffering from arthritis, this loosens up the joints and tends to reduce the pain levels associated with it. If you have ever had a grandparent complain about achy joints in cold weather, it may be easier to imagine how the Chaheati heated camp chair could be used as a therapeutic device.

But heat therapy isn’t reserved for only those with arthritis. Any active person who uses their muscles to lift, grab, run, or climb could benefit from heat therapy. Many athletes will use heat before a workout or event to increase blood flow and loosen up tight muscles. You can utilize this same therapeutic premise before your own workouts or physical activities with your Chaheati.

Finally, some folks who suffer from migraine headaches have figured out that heat can reduce the symptoms. Sometimes tight muscles in the upper back and neck (often brought on or amplified by stress) are the culprit for migraines. Many folks have been able to apply heat to these areas to loosen the muscles and lessen the strain. As the Chaheati features a fully heated back and bottom, which can easily be applied to many parts of the body. (Though, a heating pad may be needed for the neck.)

So know that your Chaheati is more than just a camp chair that keeps you warm. It’s also possible to look to its potential therapeutic heating ability as a reason to use it inside the home as well as outdoors. Happy heating!

(The content of this post shouldn’t be considered a substitute for medical advice. If you have chronic or acute pain, please consult a physician for the best advice on how to manage it.)