Choosing the Right Type of Wet Heating Pad
There are several different types of heat therapy, each with its specific qualities and advantages. Those seeking the right moist heat delivery method have several types of products from which to choose.
Electric Heating Pad
Some wet heating pack products, such as the BodyMed Digital Moist Heat Pad and the Thermotech Medical Grade Heat Pad, are electric and plug into an outlet to deliver constant, gentle moist heat.
Microwavable Heat Wraps
Moist Heating Packs, such as the Bed Buddy Back Wrap, are designed to be heated in the microwave and then applied to the specific area. Because these devices aren't plugged in, they provide the added convenience of allowing freedom of movement.
Hydrocollator hot packs, such as Chattanooga HotPac Moist Heat Packs, are physical therapy moist heating packs filled with bentonite clay that come in various sizes and shapes. The pad is heated in a hot water bath until they reach a temperature of around 165° Fahrenheit, and then they're applied to the area being treated. While these packs are most often found in physical therapy or chiropractic facilities, many versions, like Fabrication Enterprises Relief Paks, can be heated in hot water on a stovetop or in a microwave for home use.
Who Can Benefit From Moist Heat Therapy?
Moist hot packs are used by individuals who experience discomfort from a wide range of conditions, including:
- Muscle soreness due to exercise or overuse
- Neck and shoulder stiffness from desk work
- Chronic pain
- Old injuries that occasionally flare up
Consult a physician with any questions about the safety of using moist heating packs with specific conditions or health concerns.