Often our daily routines can be disrupted by muscle tension, strain, and kings. Heating pads are easy to use and can be effective to relieve certain aches and pains. As consumers seek medication-free options to address pain, heating pads are increasing in popularity.
Heating pads provide cozy warmth on cold winter days. But they can also be used for heat therapy against tension and pain. Choosing the right pad, but also using it correctly, is crucial for maximum wellbeing.
Within minutes of applying the heating pad to the affected area, the warmth will start to deliver some comfort. Heating pads are also commonly used in the winter months for warmth and protection from kinds due to drafts.
Halo Healthcare offers a wide selection of heating pads. When making the best choice for you, consider what your specific needs are. Do you need mobility? That is, are you able to sit in one place near an electric outlet, or would you be best suited for a battery or microwavable heating pad? There are a variety of styles including moist heating pads, microwaveable, remote control operated, and electric heating pads.
Areas of application of heating pads
Heating pads offer a constant, adjustable heating effect. They are mainly used to increase comfort, for example, to warm the back while sitting or to protect the neck from the cold. Heating pads can also be used in bed in the evening to warm up the bed or to warm up cold feet. Heating pads can also be used for various illnesses because heat therapy is probably one of the oldest methods of relieving pain.
Heat therapy for tension
Drafts and winter cold cause painful tension in the back and neck area. The body recognizes this tension, which can lead to other problems like headaches, migraines, muscle pain, muscle spasms, stiff joints, or even cardiovascular issues. When the body is tense, it also goes into defense mode fighting off infection. Warmth helps against this.
Heat therapy for tension is becoming more popular because it quickly relieves pain and stiffness associated with chronic back pain. It promotes blood circulation and thus helps the muscles to relax. The effect can often be felt after just a few minutes. The muscles are loosened by the warmth and the tense feeling in the neck slowly disappears.
Heating pads for joint pain
Joint pain is a common ailment that can be caused by a variety of reasons. In most cases, the underlying cause of joint pain is degenerative diseases such as osteoarthritis. Other symptoms associated with these diseases may include stiffness or swelling in the joints. These symptoms are relieved by applying heat to the affected area.
Heating pads can be applied directly to the inflamed joint or wrapped around it for more effective relief. Heat therapy is most often used for acute or chronic pain, and can also reduce stiffness and improve range of motion in joints. The heat helps soothe the muscles, which is important after they have been overused.
Use heating pads correctly:
- for back pain : lay the pillow flat on a mat and lie on it. Maintain a relaxed posture. Raise the temperature slowly and listen to your body's response.
- for joint pain : Find a comfortable sitting or lying position and place the pillow on the painful joint. The pillow must not be folded. Pay particular attention to the effect of the heat after minor sports injuries (e.g. sprains) or osteoarthritis. Some complaints can be alleviated better with cold than with warmth.
- for a tense neck : For the treatment of tension, there are special heating pads that are adapted to the body shape. But square cushions can also be placed on the neck when you are sitting comfortably on the sofa.
- for menstrual pain : A heating pad replaces the hot water bottle for menstrual pain. In contrast to the hot water bottle, it is ready for use at any time and offers an adjustable heating effect for hours. The light weight is also an advantage.
- for cold feet : A heating pad can be positioned like a bed bottle at the lower end of the bed. It is best to turn it on about 10 minutes before going to bed and put the duvet over it so that the heat does not escape. The bed is comfortably preheated and the cold feet are warmed up. The heating pad must be turned off before going to sleep. Should you forget it, the automatic switch-off switches the pillow off after a specified time.
Advantages of Heating Pads over other heat sources
Heat applications are possible with bed bottles, cherry stone pillows, hand warmers, rechargeable hot packs and many other aids. Heating pads offer a great advantage over all of them, they are connected to the electricity. As a result, they generate a constant heat effect for hours. The heat can also be reduced or completely switched off at the push of a button. So the cozy effect is always available exactly when you need it.
Find the right Electric Heating Pad
When buying a heating pad, you should make sure that the following properties meet your individual needs.
- Temperature levels: heating pads are equipped with a temperature controller. If you also want to use the heating pad at night, pay attention to the illuminated temperature display. For the targeted heat therapy of individual joints, a heating pad with as many levels as possible is recommended so that the heat can be finely dosed.
- Quick heating function : If you want the heating pad to provide warmth immediately after a walk or if you suddenly experience pain, pay attention to the quick heating function when buying, which brings the pillow to the desired temperature within seconds.
- Size : Heating pads with approx. 30 × 40 cm, are ideally sized to comfortably treat individual areas of the body such as the back. Larger heating pads are more suitable as a bed pad.
- Material : Most heating pads are made of plastic, which can be easily cleaned with a damp cloth. Models made of breathable materials ensure natural warmth without sweating.
Halo Healthcare offers a wide range of heating pads in Canada and US so you can decide which one is best for you.