You might be surprised to learn it, but heat therapy is one of the top recommendations for both treating and for preventing menstrual cramps and discomfort. Because of heat’s versatility as a muscle relaxing and repair-initiating treatment, it’s remained a popular and uniquely non-invasive and straightforward way to tackle stiffness, soreness, and cramping, even in the age of instant medications, pills, and creams.
Heat therapy works to reduce menstrual soreness, also called dysmenorrhea, by relaxing the muscles in the pelvis, which can become tightened and constricted during a woman’s monthly menstruation. As one of nature’s natural salves, heat stimulates the body to release muscles and allow them to stretch in healthy ways again.
In addition to its properties as a muscle relaxant, heat therapy provides increased circulation to the pelvic area, bringing fresh blood, more oxygen, and faster healing and regeneration in the region.
Heat also fights some of the other symptoms of a woman’s period, including nausea and bloating. Both by serving as a distraction to the brain – increasing the amount of sensory information the brain is processing and reducing the attention it can give to the cramps and soreness themselves – and by causing the body’s repair mechanisms to kick in (via the increased circulation and the muscle relaxation effects of heat therapy), heat therapy is effective at stimulating the body’s systems to work together to combat soreness and reduce the negative effects of menstruation.
While any kind of heat can do – a hot bath or even a warm coat in wintertime can help – heating pads are one of the most convenient and quick-acting methods for applying heat to period cramps and tenderness.
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