Athletes, coaches, therapists and every day Australians use stretching to improve flexibility and range of motion. Whether its hamstrings, shoulders, hips, biceps or other important muscle areas, it’s common to see stretching as part of physical activity ‘warm ups’ and training exercises. Stretching is used as part of therapy treatments and recommended for all of us to keep healthy.
But did you know that using heat therapy along with stretching, has better outcomes compared to stretching alone?
A systematic review of research showed this, and that improved range of motion is also sustained longer, when using heat therapy too. Regardless of which muscle group in the body, the type of application (including heat packs), or the number of treatments; using heat and stretch together is more effective than stretching on its own.
In our Tasmanian heat packs range there is a size and shape suitable for all different areas of the body and muscle groups. Instant packs can be used when out and about, without the need for a microwave. They can be re-used hundreds of times, so are an economical and more environmentally friendly option than other single use products. Our bio ceramic belts for our sports and joints pack or back and body pack, will help hold the heat packs in place and keep them warm for longer. This means you can be warming up the muscles while doing other things!
Some sports have now modified athletes’ regimes, by shifting 'static stretching' to non-training days and using ‘dynamic stretching’ before training and competition. This approach treats flexibility and range of movement routines as a separate and important focus for the athlete. Instant heat packs are highly convenient to use for both your static stretching routine, (wherever you are doing it), and as part of the dynamic stretching prior to training or competing. They are also important in assisting with the warm up of recovering or problematic muscles or joints prior to activity.
We encourage you to try our Thera-Ease Tasmania heat packs as part of your stretching program and let us know how you go with improving your range of motion and flexibility.