I know… I have been promoting the use of heat and personally used heat to deal with endo pain for years! Years! Anything from hot water bottles to hot baths to heat packs! I really believed it was something positive to do for our bodies as it instantly relieved the pain for us. I have also promoted heat with castor oil packs and made it a “go to” for pain days. Sadly, I was wrong and many naturopaths and physicians are wrong in recommending heat and particularly hot water bottles for managing endometriosis pain.
Why is heat bad for endometriosis?
In this weeks video post, I invited Chris Toal onto the Endo Empowered show. He has been working with women who struggle with endometriosis since 1997 and has treated over 1000 cases in that time. He specialises in deep fascial release massage and has allowed women to achieve miraculous changes and resolve their pain and adhesions. He has taken on the worst cases and managed to help women with amazing success. *Don’t worry, I will be sharing more about Chris and his work with you over the upcoming weeks.
Today, I want to focus on one of the key messages Chris told me: “Don’t use heat on your belly or abdomen ever again!”.
Here is the reasons why:
I know that this is super scary for some of us and I know many of you have been relying on using hot water bottles for years but luckily we have found this information out and can share it with other women with endometriosis: Don’t use hot water bottles!
Here is a cool download for you to save, share or print to keep handy. It gives you the full background on why we don’t want to apply heat with endometriosis.
I am excited to have found Chris, who has a wealth of knowledge to share with us all about endometriosis. In the upcoming weeks, I will be sharing more about his treatment and my personal journey in releasing my own adhesions. To get the updates, be sure to enrol as a member of Endo Empowered.
Update: There has been some heated debate about this interview over the last few years and many claiming that the information isn’t correct.
Here is more research look at:
Some key points to pull out from the video interview:
- Inflammatory conditions (which endometriosis is) should restrict blood flow to the inflamed area. This is where using cold compresses would be more beneficial. Heat would further inflame the area as it encourages more blood flow.
- Fascia is not the same as collagen. Fascia alters with heat/cold.