REVIEW ON THE BEST HEAT PAD FOR NECK AND SHOULDER PAIN…

I have written before on heat pads for pain as I prefer heat to cold especially for the neck and shoulder.

My sister came to stay with me recently and unfortunately woke up one morning with really bad Neuralgia. She could hardly move her neck and she was sure the pain was coming from a nasty shoulder injury she has.

I immediately popped my neck and shoulder cushion from Pain Relief Cushions in the microwave and kept repeating the heat throughout the day. It wasn’t long before she could feel the benefit from the heat and the neck pain started to ease.

Like myself, I am sure other Fibromyalgia sufferers suffer from intermittent bouts of neck pain ( fibrocitis back in the day) which suddenly arrives for no reason whatsoever.

You can have the cushions filled with or without lavender and they have a five star rating on the Pain Relief Cushions website. The Soothing Shoulder Wheat Cushion is ideally suited to ease pain in the neck, shoulders and higher back areas. Perfectly weighted so that it stays in place, allowing the user to fully relax, whilst absorbing the scent of Lavender. This wheat bag measures Approx. 12.5″ x 8.5″.

They cost £21.99 but they have an offer on at the moment of 10% off the long cushion only via their e-store Current price £18.90 plus UK P&P £3.99 for one cushion 2 £5.99 p&p. This offer will be available until the end of March.

 

HOW TO STAY HYDRATED DURING HEAT…

How to Stay Hydrated During Heat.

Summer is a lovely time of the year but it also comes with heat. This heat can often get so intense that you find yourself feeling seriously out of sorts. This is the period of the year when doctors report that they register the highest cases of dehydration.

It is therefore important that everyone, especially parents, take extra care to stay hydrated and ensure that children and pets are also properly hydrated.

To give you an idea of why it is important to do everything within your power to avoid an occurrence of dehydration, we will take some time to look at some of its side effects in the body.

There are a lot of reasons why you must ensure your body never gets dehydrated. In this article here, we see that a person’s brain can be adversely affected by just two hours of dehydration. Let’s take a step back and ask this important question – what exactly is dehydration?

What is Dehydration?

This condition simply refers to a situation where a person is losing more fluids than they are taking in. These fluids can be lost in a variety of ways including sweating, urinating and other natural means of excretion. Water could also be lost as a result of diarrhea. As these fluids are removed from the body, it is expected that they are replaced immediately as they are required to carry out some important body functions.

Just in case you are not aware of the important functions that water performs in the body, they include: regulating body temperature, helping in the production of saliva, helping remove waste from the body, helping in the lubrication of the joints, spine and other parts, helping in the digestion process as well as absorption of nutrients and also helping in the circulation of oxygen around the body. We could go on.

From the list above, you can clearly see how important is. It is therefore because of these important roles it plays in the body that the following symptoms occur when it is in short supply:

• Dryness of the mouth

• Weakness of the muscles

• Lethargy

• Headache

• Lightheadedness and dizziness

In severe cases, it can result in:

• Delirium

• Low blood pressure

• Sunken eyes

• Increased heart rate

• Unconsciousness

It does not take days for this to occur. We already showed above that some of the symptoms listed above can begin to occur in as little as 2 hours. This is especially possible during these periods of intense heat.

It is also very important to know that the condition can be worse for children and the elderly. Extra care therefore needs to be taken to ensure that these ones are constantly and adequately hydrated.

Simples Tips for Staying Hydrated

To ensure you and yours constantly stay hydrated, here are a few tips you can implement.

Position Hydration Stations Around the House

This is a good way of ensuring safe drinking water is within easy reach. You can easily set these up with pitchers with filter. These pitchers are actually very affordable so you can place them in different spots in your home. You can actually get some of the best water filter pitchers for less than $100. Some can even go as low as $30 or less so you can really have them spread all over the house for easy and convenient access.

Install a Hydration Reminder App

Thankfully, technology can also help especially for those who forget to drink water or don’t know when they should drink water. There are apps than can remind you to drink some water at regular intervals. This will serve to ensure you constantly reach for a glass of water.

Take Lots of Fruits and Vegetables

Aside from water, you can also stay hydrated with lots of fruits and vegetables. You don’t just need clean and clear water. There are essential minerals that you also need and these are contained in fruits and vegetables. You can also supplement with juices – both fruit and vegetable juice.

During and After Exercising Take Orange Juice Diluted with Water

If you are going to be working out during these hot days, it is important that you don’t just stay hydrated but also replenish important nutrients like proteins and carbohydrates, not also forgetting the electrolytes that you will have lost from sweating.

Another important thing to note if you are working out is that you are likely to lose more weight via sweating this period. You should always try to replenish lost weight by drinking sufficient amounts of liquids. This can be water or any suitable sports drink.

Conclusion

Dehydration can be very dangerous as we have seen above. The tips we have shared above will help you and those around you stay properly hydrated and avoid any issues with dehydration.

A SIMPLE WAY TO CHECK YOUR ACHES AND PAINS…

According to the Mail Online Health, there is a simple way to check whether your aches and pains are a simple muscle sprain or something worse.

If you find heat helps you then put a hot water bottle onto the area where the pain is and if the pain eases with the heat, that suggests its muscle tension rather than an injury.

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Heat, apparently, helps to relax muscles. Make a note of your pain on a scale of 1-10 (10 being the worst pain) just before you apply a hot water bottle (or something similar) and then write down your pain after you have had the heat on your injury for a short while.

If the pain has reduced greatly then it could be muscle tension. If the pain hasn’t altered or the pain comes back again very quickly then make an appointment to see your GP.

Some people prefer ice for pain so you can do exactly the same for the above. Always remember that this is just for a simple pain that could be niggling you and not suitable for anything bigger (pain wise).

Source Mail Online Health