Heating pads are used for easing out the pain in specific areas and are available in various sizes. Companies like LeDab.ca offer these in sizes starting from 4-inches going up to large and extra-large. Depending upon the area where you want to use, you can choose the size accordingly.
When applying to a larger area like an upper or lower back, the extra-large heating pad is often the ideal choice as it enables you to treat the entire area at one shot. If you want to apply it on a very small but specific area, then smaller sizes are ideal.
The major benefits of using heat pads are:
Relief from Pain: This is one of the major motives of using a heating pad. When applied to a specific area that is paining, it stimulates the sensory receptors in that area. This decreases the pain signals that are sent to the brain and the person feels better.
Reduces Inflammation: It promotes blood flow in the area, which in turn helps in calming down the nerves and relaxing the muscles. This helps in speeding up the healing process by reducing inflammation and thus easing the pain.
Relaxation: A person’s body can get stressed due to overexertion or strain. In such cases, it helps in relaxing the muscles and joints making him/her feel better. You can use it for shoulder pain, back pain, elbow pain, knee pain, and other types of joint pain.
Blood Flow Increases: Use of heating pad increases the blood flow, which in turn means more oxygen, and hence more nutrition for your body cells.
All these benefits come with no hassle at all as you just need to plug in the heating pad. These pads often come equipped with easy-to-read LCD control, which lets you set and regulate both the temperature and usage time. Depending upon the heating pad, the time can be set up to 60 minutes. Again, there are pads that can let you set exact temperatures and you need to do with just low, medium or high-temperature settings.
This little piece of equipment is really a boon for arthritis patients who suffer a lot, especially during the cold weather conditions.