Heat is one of the best ways to find relief from any sort of pain and stiffness and your handmade hot water bottle can also be used as a cold compress to help reduce any swelling you might have around your abdomen. And, there’s nothing nicer after surgery than cuddling on the sofa with a film, tea, a blanket and hottie.
Using a hot water bottle for heat encourages blood to rush to the area which helps the healing process around internal and external scars. Adding a half cup of water and popping it in the freezer turns it into an instant cold pack that can reduce swelling.
Researchers at University College London have shown that putting something warm on your skin, like a hot water bottle, alleviates abdominal pain and cramps in a similar way to painkillers for up to an hour. According to Dr. Brian King, ‘The heat doesn’t just provide comfort and have a placebo effect – it actually deactivates the pain at a molecular level in much the same way as pharmaceutical painkillers work. We have discovered how this molecular process works.’
- Research link: Heat halts pain inside the body