Heated Pad - Back, Shoulder, Knee, Neck
Heat therapy has been used for centuries to treat aches, strains, sprains, and everyday pain from overuse of muscles and joints. Heat therapy is often used in conjunction with cold therapy for maximum efficacy. Heat for healing works by expanding the blood vessels around the muscles, joints, or affected area, allowing more blood to flow to the site, which aids in recovery.1 To make a heating pad easier to use, they come in a variety of sizes, shapes, and types, including one-time use heating patches and electric heating pads that plugin and are reusable. A calming heat pad provides heat through electricity, chemical reactions, or mechanically storing and radiating heat.
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The Different Types of Heating Pads
Electric Heat Pad
Electric heating pads plug into an electrical source and work by applying heat directly to a specific site. They are designed to be used by a person at rest. Depending on the model, electric heating pads often come with features such as an automatic timed "off" switch for safety, levels of heat, and overall size. An Electric heating pad is great for sore or tense shoulder muscles caused by sitting at a desk for long hours.
Adhesive, One-Time-Use Heat Patches
Adhesive, one-time-use heating pad activates by the air contact and creates heat chemically. Most heating devices are odorless and are worn either over or under clothes, depending on the type of patch. Unlike other disposable hot pack options, these adhesive patches stay in place for all-day pain relief while the user continues their daily activities. Many adhesive patch heating products provide up to 12 hours of heat and are safe to dispose of within regular trash. Options are available to target different kinds of pain, such as shoulder heating pad and menstrual cramp heat wraps. Heat patches create actual heat and shouldn't be confused with other adhesive patches that provide the sensation of heat through compounds such as camphor, menthol, or capsaicin.
Other Types of Heat Therapy
Reusable Moist Heating Pad
Moist heat is a type of heat therapy that utilizes water as a conduit. This helps the heat penetrate deeper and more efficiently to the affected area. Moist heat can be delivered through an electric heating pad designed specifically for moist heat. These come in both digital or analog varieties.
In addition to a plug-in electric heating pad, other types of reusable moist heating devices include those that are filled with a medium such as gel, water, hard grains, or beads. Depending on the filler, the pad is often heated in the microwave. This type of heating pad has the advantage of being reusable and easily contoured to various areas of the body. Some options are designed specifically for certain areas of the body, such as a heating pad for back pain relief or a heated neck pad.
Infrared Heat Therapy
Infrared Heat Therapy is a therapy using energy from the infrared spectrum of the light band. This has the advantage of penetrating soft tissue deeper than a conventional heating pad. Infrared is generally broken down into three types: red light therapy, near-infrared, and far-infrared.
Hot and Cold Therapy
Vitality Medical also carries versatile, multipurpose products that can be used for cold therapy as well as heat therapy. Many of these hot/cold pack options are filled with gel, while others are filled with materials like buckwheat.
- 1 McGorm H, Roberts LA, Coombes JS, Peake JM. Turning Up the Heat: An Evaluation of the Evidence for Heating to Promote Exercise Recovery, Muscle Rehabilitation and Adaptation. Semantic Scholar Sports Med. 2018 Jun;48(6):1311-1328. doi: 10.1007/s40279-018-0876-6. PMID: 29470824