Heat Pads for Back Pain
Back pain is one of the most common kinds of chronic pain and it can be caused by a number of different things. Causes of back pain can stem from back injuries, spinal conditions, muscle spasms, or simply from bad posture if you sit in an office chair for long periods. It is also very common in pregnancy. Lower back pain is the most common type of back pain, but depending on the cause it can occur anywhere around the back. Chronic back pain is incredibly common and around 80% of people experience it at some point in their lives.
How Can Heat Pads Help with Back Pain?
Heat pads applied directly to the source of your back pain can help increase circulation to the painful area, improving flexibility and relieving pain. When you apply heat to a painful part of your body, the heat receptors in your skin actually block out some of the pain signals being sent to your brain, breaking down pain at its source.
Heat treatment is recommended by the NHS as a way to manage back pain. Electric heat pads are by far the most effective pain relief for back pain as you’re always kept in full control of your temperature. You can choose between multiple heat settings and turn the temperature up or down to get the most effective pain relief for you.
Hot water bottles are not recommended as many causes of back pain can also cause numbness, meaning you can easily burn yourself without noticing. Every electric heat pad in our range comes with advanced overheat protection to ensure they never get too hot.
Depending on the type of back pain you’re experiencing, you may want a specialist lower back heat pad that fits around your waist, or you may want a flat heat pad or heated cushion to soothe your upper back and shoulders. Our range of heat pads for back pain cover all different kinds of back pain, so browse above for more information.
When Not to Use a Heat Pad for Back Pain
Don’t use any kind of heat treatment if parts of your back are swollen and warm to the touch. In this case, you should use an ice pack to reduce swelling.