What are the best alternatives to heating pads for microwave?

If you’re like most people, you’ ve probably used microwavable heat packs. These bags have incredible health benefits, being able to alleviate the symptoms of various conditions.

Here we bring you the best alternatives to wheat bags for pain relief. These are very useful products with which you can apply cold or heat for therapeutic purposes. But first, let us explain the benefits of heat bags. Here we go!

What are the health benefits of wheat bags for heating in the microwave?

What are the health benefits of wheat bags for heating in the microwave?

Microwavable wheat bags are ideal as therapeutic elements. They are ideal for thermotherapy (therapeutic application of heat). All you need to do is heat the bag in the microwave and place it on the affected area of the body.

Applying the hot wheat bags has the following benefits:

  • Promotes circulation: The therapeutic application of heat generates vasodilation, i.e. the dilation of blood vessels. This increases blood flow, thereby increasing the supply of oxygen and nutrients, and helping to eliminate CO2 (carbon dioxide) and waste substances.
  • Pain relief: Heat produces a significant reduction in pain in the area where it is applied. This is possible because high temperatures activate heat nerve receptors and can inhibit pain receptors.
  • Relaxing effect: It produces muscle relaxation, relieving any tension or contracture. In addition, thermotherapy is believed to cause the release of endorphins, which contributes to the reduction of stress.
  • Improves muscle elasticity: When muscles and other tissues are warmed up, they can stretch more easily. This helps prevent injury such as a strain or sprain.

In this way, hot packs can be used as an adjunct in the treatment of various conditions. Thus, they help to relieve the symptoms of back pain, neck pain, myalgia (muscle pain), contractures, etc.

However, we should mention that the therapeutic application of heat should be avoided in case of acute injuries during the inflammatory phase (first 48 hours). This is because high temperatures increase inflammation. Likewise, the vasodilatation caused by thermotherapy is counterproductive in case of bleeding disorders.

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Mr Don M. Smith
– 01/11/2020
Nice - Very nice product
Customer
– 30/10/2020
Excellent quality - I purchased this for my wife as she suffers from pains as a side effect of medication.
Deborah
– 07/10/2020
Pleasantly scented and highly effective - I am wearing the heat pad as I write, which proves how comfortable it is, and that it stays where you need it to be! Just when I was wishing for a heating wrap that had a nice scent, and would warm my upper back, shoulders and neck. I had tried a conventional wheat and lavender warmer, but I found the scent very unpleasant and it kept slipping off. This is already making a huge difference to my injury, and will speed my recovery I am sure. My microwave is as tiny as they come, but it did fit, and the plate spun round as required. A fantastic invention - thank you!
Jayne Hodson
– 19/09/2020
Heat pack does the trick - Bought as a gift and told the heat really helps the achy areas. It doesn't take too long to heat up and can last for some time before it starts to cool off. I Would recommend this product
juniegetz
– 28/08/2020
Great product - Good product helped with my neck problems
annie
– 20/08/2020
. - Really found this an excellent buy. Being allergic to so many pain medication this is a real help.
mrs. m. wallace
– 08/08/2020
Quality and warmth - Liked that it had a deeper section for back of neck
S. Carrier
– 04/08/2020
microwave wheat pack - this is great for my pain full neck it gives good support thank you
Terry Sampson
– 02/08/2020
Very useful - Helped the pain in my neck and shoulders.
florenza camilli maccallum
– 15/07/2020
Awful - Get too heavy

What other alternatives are there to apply cold or heat to reduce all types of pain?

What other alternatives are there to apply cold or heat to reduce all types of pain?

There are several alternatives to microwavable heat packs that you could use therapeutically. In this segment we will show you some very useful items to apply cold or heat for pain relief.

Pay close attention and choose the product that best suits your needs:

Reusable hot and cold gel packs

These are packs filled with a gel with thermal properties ideal for thermotherapy and cryotherapy. This gel consists of a non-toxic substance. They can reach high and low temperatures and retain them efficiently for a long period of time.

These gel ice packs are very easy to use and you can use them over and over again as they are reusable. They can be heated in the microwave or cooled in the freezer depending on what you need. In addition, many of them come with a protective cover to prevent skin burns.

Heat slippers and boots

These are heated slippers or boots that keep your feet at a comfortable temperature. They are the ideal footwear for your feet to recover from exertion or an ailment, and to protect them from the cold. They are very comfortable and come in different designs, from the most striking ones with animal shapes to the most discreet unicoloured ones.

They are electrically powered and rechargeable, obviously they must be cordless because you will need to walk around with them. Many are specially designed for indoor use, while others can also be used outdoors.

Electric blankets

These are blankets that generate heat using electricity, ideal for those very cold or wintry nights when a conventional blanket just isn’t enough. They work by means of high-strength electrical wiring, which is kept safely insulated inside the fabric. From a therapeutic point of view, they can be used to apply thermotherapy to large areas of the body.

Many of these electric blankets can be switched off automatically after a period of 2 to 5 hours. Thanks to this, you can safely leave them on while you sleep. Just remember to follow the instructions for use and maintenance properly.

Electric foot warmers

As the name suggests, they provide heat to the feet by means of electricity for therapeutic purposes or simply in case of very cold weather. They come in various designs, but basically consist of a small bag or pad in which the feet can be placed or placed. They are ideal for relieving sore feet at the end of a long day of work or sporting activities.

They work due to a resistant wiring that generates heat thanks to the Joule effect, when electricity circulates through it. Some models must be plugged into an electrical outlet, while others can be battery operated.

Instant heat packs

These bags generate heat quickly through a chemical reaction. To activate them you basically squeeze, shake and massage them, triggering the reaction. This makes them ideal in scenarios where you don’t have a lot of time and an energy source such as electricity and gas.

Reusable instant heat packs that work through the crystallisation of sodium acetate stand out. Also, there are disposable models such as those that operate by dissolving magnesium sulphate in water.

Thermal clothing

This clothing is designed to retain body heat in those moments or places that are too cold. It is made from insulating and breathable materials, such that it does not allow heat to escape but also does not allow moisture to accumulate on the skin. It offers great comfort and comes in a variety of designs.

Thermal underwear such as long-sleeved T-shirts and leggings stand out. These garments are ideal as an inner layer against the cold when skiing or climbing a mountain, for example.

Hot water bottles

These are those classic bags or containers in which hot water can be poured and contained, often used for thermotherapy or to cope with the cold. The shape and material may vary, but they should have a spout for pouring in the liquid and a stopper to prevent it from spilling out. Many have a protective cover to prevent burns.

To use them, you will need to heat the water, let it stand for a few seconds and then carefully pour it into the bottle. Just fill the bottle two thirds full, don’t fill it completely, and don’t forget to put a protective cover on the bottle, or some kind of cloth if you don’t have one, before putting it on your skin.

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