Muscle pain

How to make a hot compress for muscle pain

Max. D Gray
By Max. D Gray. Updated: January 16, 2017
How to make a hot compress for muscle pain

One of the most effective methods to alleviate muscle pain is to apply heat in the affected area. The heat let off from the compress help to reduce muscle tensions offering a certain sense of relief which is almost immediate. If you wish to make your own heat compress in this OneHowTo article you will find the solution. Learn how to make heat compresses for muscular pain and apply it whenever you feel lumbar or cervical pain or even migraine, amongst other conditions. It will really help!

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Steps to follow:


To start your heat compress for muscular pain, fill a pot of water and put it on the hob to start warming up the liquid. Monitor the water while it is heating because you should not let it boil as it could burn you.


Then, preparing a small towel and fold it so that it only covers the area which is suffering the pain. Remember that the more concentrated the heat is, the better it will at at alleviating the muscular pain.


Place the folded towel in the container with the hot water, you must ensure that the compress is entirely covered by the warm water. If you see that the upper part has not been soaked take a fork to submerge the towel. Do so carefully to not burn yourself.


Next, carefully withdraw the soaked towel from the pot. On an area of your body (such as the arm or the leg) check that the hot compress is at the appropriate temperature and that your skin can bear the temperature without getting burnt. If it is too hot, let it cool a little before applying it on the painful area.


Finally, and with the towel at the perfect temperature to alleviate your muscular pain, leave it on the area suffering from muscular tension and relax whilst the compress takes effect and reduces pain. You can remove it once it has cooled or submerge it again in the warm water to reapply the heat on your muscles for another few minutes. you will feel relief!

This article is merely informative, oneHOWTO does not have the authority to prescribe any medical treatments or create a diagnosis. We invite you to visit your doctor if you have any type of condition or pain.

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  • Strain the hot compress before place it in the area suffering from muscular pain. This way you will avoid getting everything wet.
  • Once the effect has taken place and you proceed to withdraw the hot compress we recommend you carry out some gentle stretching.
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