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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.
“If your car happens to have heated seats, it’s definitely a good idea to make good use of them in your quest to prevent back pain. Heat has the great benefit of relaxing tight joints and muscles, helping blood flow to the area applied to, and therefore relieving pain. So next time you are out on a long drive and perhaps are starting to feel a little uncomfortable, consider turning that seat on. Barbara McLullich fromBack Pain Blog– the personal journey of a chronic back pain sufferer – offers this advice: “I am a true advocate of heat while travelling so if your car does not have heated seats then buy a heat pad to pop on your back. You can buy these from a chemist and most last up to eight hours. Also, have some heat pads ready to use after your journey.”
Be careful getting in and out of the car
Another important thing to consider is the simple fact of how you get in and out of the car as this can have ramifications for your back health. Explaining what to be aware of and how you can help yourself, Barbara from Back Pain Blog says: “Pay attention to how you get in and out of the car. Sit down facing the door and swing both legs into the car. Getting out is the reverse. If this is too uncomfortable to do, you can buy swivel cushions to help you turn around.”
If, like me, you suffer from any form of neck, cervical or shoulder pain you can understand how uncomfortable this can be. Everyone reacts differently to either a treatment or a product they try to alleviate the pain. For me personally heat wins every time.
I have a few different types of heat pads for this type of pain which I have written about before. Thermacare Heat Wraps are available from just about every chemist with only a slight variation on cost. They are clinically proven to be as effective as six ibuprofen tablets and it works for 8 hours.
I think the best cushions that you put in your microwave are the ones from Pain Relief. Cushions who have a great one to wrap around your neck that are called Horseshoe Neck Wheat Cushion . This is the horseshoe wheat bag, which sits well round the neck, not needing to be held in place. Holds the heat well as the body of the wearer recharges the cushion. Wonderful for whiplash pain, neck strain and trapped nerves. This wheat bag measures Approx. 10.5″ x 10.0″ on offer at the moment for £17.19
As I am sure many of you will have seen from previous posts, I am a real advocate of heat for pain. I have always said that travel is easier if I use a heat pad for a flight or train journey and have been lucky enough to have had heated seats in my car and my husband’s car.
Recently though we changed my car which did not have any heated seats in it so I researched on the best portable ones that plug into your cigarette lighter.
I decided I didn’t want the ones that have a back and cushion that you secure to the seat as I felt they would be a bit of a hassle to move over when my husband was driving. Instead I found one that was just the cushion and looked easy to set up.
As the weather changed I was getting a bit desperate for the cushion and only realised when I went online to my Amazon account that the one I had ordered was coming from China so it would take a bit longer to arrive.
It arrived last week and I just had to write a post on it as it’s the most amazing heat pad I have ever used. It’s light and portable so I can position it at my back and not as a cushion and does not need strapping in so it can be moved from one seat to another with ease. It has two heat temperatures with a remote in the middle of it but it gets so hot that I have only used the lowest temperature. It’s easy to just pull out of the cigarette point when I don’t want to use it and I can honestly say was worth every little penny it cost me.
It is so easy to move around that I would not hesitate to take it with me if I am in another car as I find car journey’s the most painful of all transport. The price is also extremely reasonable at only £12.89 including delivery.
It is advertised as a Comfortable Quick Warming Heated Car Seat Cushion Pad Auto 12V Warmer Pad Hot Cover Automobile Heating Mat for Cold Weather and Winter Driving, from a company called sweetlife