Hot-water bottle, cherry pit pillow or electric blanket: they are so good at helping against pain
Created: 01/08/2023, 12:42 p.m
By: Ines Baur
A hot water bottle can contribute to well-being or relieve pain.
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Can heat actually relieve pain?
Is a cherry pit pillow better than medication?
Can healthy people harm their bodies by using an electric blanket?
Munich – A hot-water bottle filled with hot water has always been one of the tried-and-tested home remedies for stomach ache.
The activation of the heat receptors masks the pain receptors, according to the NDR guide.
This helps relax the myofascial tissue and organs.
However, it is important that the hot-water bottle is closed well and not too hot.
The rubber of the hot water bottle should never be in direct contact with the skin so that it does not overheat.
Hot water bottle helps with abdominal pain, cherry pit pillow for muscle tension
With a few tricks, the hot-water bottle stays cosily warm for a long time. A grain kernel pillow gives off heat a little longer than a hot-water bottle.
When it comes to the filling, people can choose between cherry stones, millet and spelt.
Lavender or another medicinal herb is added to some fillings.
The grain pillows can make people warm in microwave or oven.
The pillows help with strong muscle tension.
An increased exchange of oxygen takes place in the arteries.
It boosts the metabolism.
Metabolism products are broken down better.
electric blankets and heating pads
People whose existing arthritis gets worse from exposure to cold can use an electric blanket or heating pad.
However, experts advise other groups of people not to use it.
Lying in the heat for hours can cause the fascial tissue to become matted, according to the NDR.
At some point, the heat can no longer penetrate the “matted” tissue.
And those affected bring more and more heat to themselves with the blanket without feeling a feeling of warmth.
This could lead to burns on the skin.
The electric blanket as an alternative to heating?
Stiftung Warentest has compared various heating options powered by electricity, including fan heaters, air conditioners and electric blankets.
The blankets perform best in terms of cost.
Professionals use fango or red light as heat therapy
Physiotherapists primarily use three heat sources for treatment: red light, fango or the hot roller.
With the hot roll, they soak towels in boiling water and then briefly press them onto painful parts of the body.
The hot roll works well for muscular tension in the shoulder and neck area.
Also for strains and muscle fiber tears that are more than eight hours ago.