Every once in a while my neck will get stuck because of a muscle spasm that gets extremely tight but ususally it's because I have two herniated discs in my neck and they give me trouble.
So when my mother-in-law was visiting, she bought me these ThermaCare heat wraps that are for neck, shoulder, arm and wrist muscle pain. These wraps are pretty cool or should I say hot.
They are advertised to give 8 hours of heat, but I'd say it is more like maybe 4 or 5, but it still is quite warm way past the 8 hours - it's just not hot. Or maybe I just got use to the heat.
The pad is sticky and once you open one of the 3 sealed packages inside the box, it is air activated and begins working. I am not able to take a picture of the wrap just yet, because I don't want to waste it. But the image on the box is how I placed it on my neck the day I used it. Let me tell you, it will make you sweat! It does get quite hot and I found that sweating does cause it to not be sticky, so that was a problem for me. But I still left the wrap on and under my shirt neck, but did have to sometimes pat it down to my skin again.
When applying around the wrist, put it on an angle and do not overlap the heat cells. Directions included show you how to best place the wrap.
It takes about 30 minutes to reach it's temperature from the rock-like heat cells inside. Those are the little bump things you see on the pad. Each pad or heat disc contains iron (-2 grams) and it is to be kept out of reach of children and not to be placed in the mouth. So probably a good idea to keep the doggies away too. Your skin can possibly show signs of burns or blisters and if it does, obviously you need to remove it. I did NOT have any skin irritation, but they have to put these disclaimers on the product, because of the heat. And as with any type of treatments, if you have poor circulation, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis or are pregnant, consult your doctor first.
You can also wear the pad over your shirt or sleeve, if it feels too hot for you.
There is no odor or staining of the skin. I gave it a 4, due to the heat. But it may rate a 5 for most people. I just have a high pain tolerance.
I'd say the length of effectiveness is adequate and definitely better than a mentholated muscle rub. Of course I would have preferred seeing my Chiropractor, but she's over 2 hours away. So this heat wrap was pretty good. It just took longer for the muscle to release the tension and for my neck to feel good again.
I will always keep at least one of these wraps around because they really are good.