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How To Use A Heating Pad Safely

The colder weather is upon us and many people have an increase in chronic joint or muscle pain. Are you using heat or rubs to treat your pain? If you find relief with these items it is important that you know how to use them safely.

A hot pack can provide pain relief to the chronic aching joints that accompany arthritis. Here are some tips on safe use of a heating pad.

• Do not sleep with a heating pad or you may get a burn.
• Only use a heating pad for 15-30 minutes per hour.
• Be extra careful if you are using a heating pad on an area of your body where you don’t have as much feeling and avoid heating numb areas. If you can’t feel the heat as strongly, you might not realize if
you burn yourself.
• Placing towels between the heating pad and your skin can help reduce the risk of burns.
• If you are using topical rubs and ointments like BenGay, only use after applying a heating pad.
• If you have an acute injury (one which is less than 3 days old), you should use ice instead of heat. Heat is appropriate for chronic injuries or pain more than 3 days old.

If you find that your chronic pain is limiting your normal functional activities, or if your acute injury doesn’t begin to get better with ice and rest, visit your local Physician or Physical Therapist.

Benefits of heat therapy for back pain

Heat therapy is an effective remedy for back pain because it boosts circulation, which then allows nutrients and oxygen to travel to joints and muscles. This circulation helps repair damaged muscles, relieves inflammation, and improves back stiffness.

Any type of heat therapy can help relieve back pain. Yet, heating pads are ideal because they’re convenient and portable. They’re also electric, so you can use them anywhere in your home, such as lying in bed or sitting on the couch.

Hot or warm baths provide moist heat, which also promote circulation and reduce muscle pain and stiffness. A bath might work better if you have pain or stiffness in other parts of your body, too.

The problem with baths, though, is that it’s difficult to maintain the water temperature. That water will slowly cool down.

On the other hand, heating pads have adjustable levels and provide a continuous flow of heat — for as long as the pad is turned on.

Dry vs Moist Heat

Dry vs Moist Heat

There are many questions when trying to relieve pain. Should you a use cold or hot pack? Should I use dry heat vs moist heat therapy?  And for how long? If you didn't know, thermal heat therapy and moist therapy is very beneficial for lowering your pain and stiff muscles.

 

What is Dry Heat Good For?

Dry heat products are popular because they heat up quickly, can be less of a mess, and the heat tends to longer than moist heat packs. And dry heat can last longer than moist heat heating pads and is the easiest to apply.


What is Moist Heat Good For?

Moist heat therapy products are more likely to be recommended by experts. Not only do they not dehydrate skin, but they also increase tissue elasticity. This is perfect for patients with dry or aging skin who are concerned for skin irritation. Another important factor is that moist heat therapy penetrates deeper into the skin. This can relieve pain faster.
Benefits of Moist Heating Pads

Comfytemp heating pad features both heat and moist therapy option, which meets your different demands.