When it comes to choose heat packs, there are many types to make you comfortable. Many of the products on the market are designed poorly to be effective, look clumsy, and don’t say on well. Here is a few points to consider before purchasing:
1. Convenience or with lines attached. Many people don’t want to mess with cords and plugs. In that case, microwavable hot cold packs or gel-types are good choices. Heat packs made of natural materials or chemicals are microwavable and freezable. Although the ones made with natural materials such as flax seeds, rice, or wheat can be over-cooked and give out odor, they don’t explode in the microwave like many of the gel hot cold packs. Some gel-type hot packs can be boiled to recharge. Although not very convenient, some people like it since this type can be turned on when needed. Electric heating pads are good when the usage is restricted in a single location. The heat can last a longtime since reheating only takes a switch-on. However, for those who prefer a really hot pack, electric ones will never achieve the desired temperature due to safety concerns. Another inconvenience, electric ones are harder to use when traveling.
2. Portable and Washable or Stay Put. The great thing about microwavable hot cold pack is that it is light weight and portable so you can take it with you on the road while traveling or into the office or anywhere you have access to a microwave. Many heat packs are easy to care for. If you found the ones with washable cover, you can wash it in your washing machine to keep it clean. Electric type is best in a location close to an outlet, with lines hanging and may be tripping someone.
3. Coverage for Chronic Pain Muscles. It is hard to find a nice shoulder and upper back heat pack that works the way it is supposed to. Electric type often comes in rigid shape. For people that have chronic illness and muscle pains, finding the one with the neck portion wraps around your neck reaching across your collarbones and almost meeting in the front of your neck is time consuming, not mention a well-designed hot cold packs for the upper back muscles right between your shoulder blades and above the waist. Hot cold packs of any kind are perfect for those with illness such as CFS Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Neuralgia, Lupus, Athletic Sport Sprains/Strains and even office workers can easily wear this to relax their strained muscles and rid themselves of fatigue. Many people that have had car accidents are going to find the heat pack perfect for their aches and pains.
4. Thick Cover For Sensitive Skin. If you have delicate skin, pick the hot cold packs that have a thick fleece cover, not a thin layer of cotton. Heat packs covered in super soft material will not feel rough against tender skin. The thick cover on both sides of the pack will make the heat last longer too. Hot packs are perfect for anyone who has a need for soothing tired sore muscles and pain relief; from simple muscle strains or those with chronic pain, this microwave heating pad will become your go to selection for comfort and relief.
5. Lavender-scented for stress reduction. This option is only available to the hot packs made with natural materials. The lavender shoulder heating pad smelled fabulous right when the package is opened. Once microwaved, the scent is even stronger. You would be as blissful as a kitten sitting in the sun. The lavender scent really soothes frazzled nerves. When you try it on, you won’t want to take it off of the shoulders.
In conclusion, any type of hot cod pack will bring pain relief. Picking the right type depends on how it would be used, as well as what muscles need the treatment. Finding the right shape can be critical. Close contact and constant contact is the key to a speedy recovery.