Man has pain in the neck and hips on the backAlmost everyone knows the benefits of using heat to help reduce their back pain, but, did you know that there is a difference in what type of heat works the best for your aches and pains?

Back pain can be caused by several different reasons, and depending upon the cause, you may need to treat your pain in a different way. You can now have the same treatment at home by purchasing your own heating pad.

Dry heating pads work differently than moist heating pads.

If your back pain is caused by a chronic medical condition, using a heating pad can help temporarily alleviate your pain, but you should speak to your doctor about long-term treatment options. Many Physical Therapists and Chiropractors use moist heating pads for back pain relief.

For acute back pain such as muscle soreness, strains and sprains, and overworked muscles from sports or exercise, the use of a heating pad can become very beneficial in alleviating your back pain.

If you do not already own the right type of heating pad for your need or are having trouble with the wide range of choices that are available, you can check out the following page for some insight as to what you need.

Here are some tips to help you decide on which type of heat to use and when to use it.

Using Dry Heat:

Dry heat is best when used for longer intervals.

Because it takes longer for day heat to penetrate into the deep muscle tissue, it needs to stay applied for a longer amount of time (30 to 45 minute intervals) than moist heat. Although, on the up side, the benefit of using dry heat is that the pain relief lasts longer (up to 8 hours).

  • Muscle Strains and Sprains
  • After Exercising
  • Before an extra-stannous day ( full day of physical activity)
  • For long-term chronic pain


Using Moist Heat:

Moist heat is best when used for short intervals.

Because moist heat can penetrate quickly into the deep muscle tissue, it does not need to be applies for long (15-20 minute intervals). The down side of moist heat is that the benefit does not last as long as dry heat (up to 2 hours).

  • Overworked Muscles
  • To reduce soreness from sports activities
  • To reduce soreness from exercise
  • To relax stiff or tightened muscles due to spinal dis-alignments
  • For long-term chronic pain

For some people, which type of heating pad they use may simply boil down to how much time they have to use it and get the most benefits. If you are like most back pain sufferers, you don’t have a lot of time to be off your feet in the middle of the day. In which case, it may help you most by using both types. Moist heating pads for back pain can be used for quick help to get you moving until you have the time to use a dry heating pad for a more long-term pain relief.