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6 Surprising Uses You Can Get Out Of a Heat Pad


Heat pads are commonly used in Heat Therapy, also referred to as “thermotherapy” or “therapeutic heating”. So….

What exactly is heat therapy?

It is generally used for the relief of pain due to muscle spasms, tensed muscles or other localized pain. It can come in the form of hot water bottles, hot clothes, heating pads, and more. It is beneficial for people with arthritis, stiff muscles or even injuries in the deep tissues of the skin. Heat therapy is one of the simplest yet effective self-care treatment.

But do you know that there are more uses to a traditional heat pad than just heat therapy? Here are some surprising ways you can use a heat pad!


#1: Cough

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Same logic as the common heat therapy, chest muscles are relaxed when heat is applied and incessant coughing is stopped! Ensures a good night’s rest – tried and tested!


#2: Blood tests

If you have smaller veins, this might be a good tip for you! Placing a heat pad on the area where blood is to be drawn about five minutes prior would help stimulate circulation, dilate the vessels and hence easing the overall sensation of the needle-prick and blood-drawing process.

(If you know you have such problems, you can call up your clinic to schedule this before your injection!)


#3:Cranky Babies

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Yes, even babies get to benefit from heat pads!

Infantile colic is when a baby cries for more than 3 hours a day, for more than 3 days a week, for at least 3 weeks. Though its causes are relatively unknown, very mild heat on a baby’s tummy has been found to help with infantile colic.

You can also pre-warm a crib to avoid shocking your baby with cold sheets.

However, take caution to not overheat as babies’ skin are more sensitive to heat than adults’.


#4: Keeping yourself warm

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While it should come as a no-brainer that a heat pad can keep you warm, but most people automatically assume that you can only use a heat pad in the dead of winter. (Although a sticky heat pad is indeed especially useful for trekking ice-cold mountain peaks – Another personal handy tip!!! Tried and tested! )

When the weather is so hot, but offices or classrooms are so cold – yet you don’t want to go through the hassle of bringing along a jacket, what do you do?  While it may seem a little weird at first, but sticking on a heat pad really helps! When you’re freezing in the middle of an important lecture or meeting with no other means to keep warm, you’d be thanking me for this little tip.


#5: Menstrual Cramps

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While this would come as no surprise to most females, the fact that this remains one of the most highly used form of heat therapy remains.

Just prior to having their periods, many women get menstrual cramps that are felt in the pelvis, abdomen or lower back.

Heat can be applied to as menstrual cramp relief by improving circulation to these areas, thereby loosening the cramping areas around the abdomen. MenstruHeat is one such heat pad that can emit an optimum level of heat to relax the cramping uterine muscles while staying discrete and odourless.

However, it is important to note that pregnant women should avoid using this method for their abdomen, as the heat could adversely affect the health of the fetus. It should at most be used to treat lower back pains from pregnancy.

See a doctor if you feel any cramping during pregnancy to evaluate that there is nothing wrong with the pregnancy.


#6: Body aches / pains

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And of course, the most common use for heat therapy – bodily aches and pains that could range from muscle aches due to exercise, to muscle strains & tightness (eg. Back pains from sitting for too long) or even, injuries.

The basic idea behind heat therapy for these is to relax those muscles to allow them to heal and ease the pain caused by them spasming or becoming too tight.

Have any neck or back aches that are bothering you? Check the NeckHeat & BackHeat out.

Of course, if there is swelling in these areas, you should first ice them to reduce the swell, before heating them up to encourage healing.

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While there can be many unconventional ways to use heat therapy, it is best to consult your doctor first if you intend to use it for any pre-existing medical conditions!

I hope this article has helped you even in the tiniest bit and take care!


If you prefer a yummy option to help cope with the menstrual cramps, check out “Do chocolates REALLY help with menstrual cramps or other period woes?” or 6 common teas that help with your period


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