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Can you handle the heat?
There you are. Fast asleep. Dreaming of a Caribbean vacation (all expenses paid, of course). When suddenly… a hundred knives start jabbing you in the thigh.
You jolt out of bed, pull the covers back, and check… no actual knives. Just intense pain. You want to scream. But what good would that do? Waking up everyone on the block is never a great idea.
Instead, you roll out of bed, plug in your heating pad, and slap it on your thigh. Ahhh.
Now imagine if you didn't have a heating pad. You’d still be there sobbing into your pillow.
Don’t be that person. Get a heating pad. It's like a Caribbean vacay for your muscles.
What is a heating pad?
A heating pad is a pad used to warm certain parts of the body in response to pain and muscle soreness. This heat therapy tool works either by electricity or being warmed in a microwave.
And if you’re serious about strength training, it’ll be your best friend.
One of the best perks of a heating pad is that it’s portable. From the gym to the boardroom, you can have soothing heat enveloping your sore muscles and providing constant relief.
What is a heating pad good for?
A heating pad won’t actually heal anything. But it can increase blood flow in the heated area and that helps with soreness and pain. Think of it like a hot, soothing bath without having to take your clothes off.
Once the muscle tissue of an area warms up, the muscle will have better flexibility and movement. When that happens, you’ll feel better.
Many athletes (including dancers and runners) use heating pads as a part of their warm-up routine and as part of their cool down to target muscle soreness before DOMS sets in.
If that’s you, try a heating pad combined with a massage gun to really work through muscle knots after a tough workout.
You can use a heating pad for:
Warming up muscles for flexibility and mobility
Pain relief through increased blood flow
Targeted heat therapy that relieves backaches, chronic neck and shoulder pain, and period cramps
Do not use a heating pad for:
If you’re ever in doubt about whether you should use a heating pad or not, please consult your doctor, physical therapist, or personal trainer.
Treatment of acute injuries
Inflammatory conditions and infections
Treatment of rheumatoid arthritis
How to find the best heating pad
When shopping for the best portable heating pads online, consider the following :
Size. When looking for the best heating pad online, you have to first consider where you’re going to use it. Do you have chronic shoulder pain? Then look for a heating pad made for the shoulders. Specially-designed heating pads are better suited for wrapping around certain joints and larger muscles. If it’s general usage that you’re after, any square or rectangular heating pad will work great.
Control. Think about how much control you want over the temperature. Most basic heat pads have three heat settings – low, medium, and high. Other, more expensive pads, let you choose between up to 10 settings. Microwavable options are harder to get to an exact temperature. With these, you have to adjust the temperature by microwaving for more or less time.
Safety. The last thing you want is to fall asleep with your heating pad plugged in around your neck and wake up smelling fire. Look for heat pads with automatic safety features such as auto-shutoff functions.
Function. Cord length matters. You don’t want to get stuck in some dark corner of your living room just because the cord on your heating pad is too short to reach the sofa. Always check for an extra-long cord for extra freedom.
There are many different types of heat pads on the market. Some of the bestselling ones include:
Microwavable heating pads
Electric heating pads
Heating pads that come with a sponge for moist heat
Is moist heat better than dry heat?
Studies have shown that moist heat penetrates deep tissue faster than dry heat. That means you get quicker relief from pain and less anguish from DOMS with moist heat. Moist heat is also less likely to dehydrate the skin.
Heat therapy with moist versus dry heat:
Moist heat is when moisture is added to the heating pad, usually with a sponge.
Dry heat is exactly what it sounds like – heat without the addition of moisture. All basic heating pads offer this function.
How long can you lie with a heating pad?
If you use a heating pad for pain, stiff muscles, or sore joints, we suggest removing it after 20-30 minutes to avoid burns. On a lower setting, you could use the pad for longer.
Electric heating pads, where the heat is constant, are not recommended for longer than 15-30 minutes. With that in mind, don’t take a nap on top of yours. It might feel good… but it won’t feel so nice when you wake up 2 hours later.
If you’re afraid that will happen to you. Don’t be.
Get a heating pad that automatically shuts off. That way, even if you fall asleep, you and your couch will be fine.
How to use your heating pad for training
Heating pads are great pre- and post-training and provide targeted heat therapy. Wrap up in your hoodie, put on your headphones, and warm up your muscles in one of the most soothing ways possible.
Top 3 benefits of using a heating pad before exercising:
Slowly warms up muscles
Makes muscle tissue supple, flexible, and ready for exercise
Relieves any leftover soreness from your last workout
Pain relief is only a button away with ShapeNation
Need to soothe aching muscles to relieve pain? Try a heating pad.
Want to warm up the way top athletes and runners do? Try a heating pad.
From dry or moist heating pads for the joints, shoulders, and back, to travel-ready pads designed for quick relief on the go, ShapeNation has you covered.
Browse our wide selection of heat therapy products and start treating your pain and soreness with a safe and effective alternative to medication.
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