Heat treatment

Depending on the nature of the applied heat are distinguished: a) moist heat - tubs, showers and other therapies, compresses, poultices, mud, peat, clay, etc; b) dry heat - hot-water bottles, heating pads (termofor), dry air and light baths. Deeper warming of tissues is achieved using high-frequency currents (diathermy or electric and electromagnetic fields inductothermy, ultrahigh-frequency and microwave therapy (see Electrotherapy). The mechanism of action of thermal procedures, methods of application, indications and contra - see Balneotherapy, Baths, Hydrotherapy, Mud treatment, Ozokeritotherapy, Paraffin treatment, Sand baths, Phototherapy.