Here are the results of a recent experiment I ran to evaluate the benefits (if any) of using heat applied in a slightly unorthidox way.
The experiment is fairly simple:
A - first thing in the early morning put on my PeniMaster and tighten the tension so the bars are at 90 percent tension.
Wear it an hour and then see what, if any, stretching has occured that has lowered the effective tension. Results - generally a 30% drop in tension (1.5 divisions based on the bars indicator).
B - repeat the above sequence except cover the PeniMaster with a special, tubular, double sock filled with flaxseed and heated 40 seconds in the microwave (creates an initial, internal temperature of 120 deg F).
Results - after 1 hour generally a 70% drop in tension (3+ divisions based on the bars indicator).
Action: If this morning is not a scheduled pumping session, take a short break and then increase the tension on the Penimaster and keep the stretch but no heat sock - let the unit cool down.
Otherwise, massage and then get into the pump tube.
Conclusion: A simple, yet somewhat quantitative illustration of why heat and why heat works for me.
All the Best,