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Those paste-on heat patches. Ever try 'em?

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by miko, Feb 5, 2004.


  1. howdy!


    i am still recovering from thor's hilarious OT post on weight loss. but i'll compose myself enough to ask about these little portable heating pad thingies.


    know what i'm talking about? it's like icy-hot or ben gay in a patch form that you stick on the body part that ails ya, and supposedly get pain relief.


    do you know how they work? are they time-released heat or something? i can't imagine them staying hot for that long.



    i'm needing pain relief bad. did something really funky to my rotator cuff and reinjured it playing drums. now the pain's shooting up my neck.



    just want to know if they're worth the money.




    you've GOT to read thor's post! it's on p.4 of the weight loss thread.


    :crying: you'll laugh so hard you'll cry...
     
  2. Figjam

    Figjam

    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    Well i can imagine they would stay hot for that long bc i use heat pads when i go snowboarding. Those things can last 10-20 hours. They make foot ones that stick to your feet so i imagine thats basicaly what these are.
     
  3. jazzbo

    jazzbo

    Aug 25, 2000
    San Francisco, CA
    I find them to be extremely effective. I prefer those made by Tiger Balm.
     
  4. Thor

    Thor Moderator Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Being an ex- athlete, Tiger Balm brings back memories
    of really smelly, stingingly hot capsicum balm that
    came in a 5lb jar.

    I saw a one ounce jar in the store the other day for
    8 dollars, I nearly choked!

    At least with the patches, you can get the stuff
    off when it gets excrutiatingly hot.

    Interestingly enough, I found I developed a tolerance
    to the T balm after a while, and needed more and
    more to get the same effect.

    Since the pads use a chemical reaction to produce
    heat, they might be a bit safer than the pepper balm
    which acts directly on your skin.

    My wife is going througgh the RC injury recovery
    right now. It's 2 days of therapy per week,
    daily heatpad and ice treatment, NO HEAVY
    LIFTING AT ALL, and after 3 months she is not
    showing great improvement.

    It is a serious injury that will require some work to
    heal, so take it easy, meeks! Buy a good heatpad
    and a bag of ice.

    Oh, and thanks, I work hard to keep all of you
    mildly amused, I find it makes the day so much
    more pleasant when it is spiked with a bit of levity.
    Though it is hard to find material from all my
    perverted associates suitable for TB.

    Tell that Joe Dirtski to start sending me clean
    jokes!
     
  5. yeah, salonpaas or something...we've got em and they work pretty good.
     
  6. Petebass

    Petebass

    Dec 22, 2002
    QLD Australia
    Every injury is different I guess. But my physio doesn't advocate heat pads. Her theory is that most injury related pain is caused by swolen muscles and joints putting pressure on a nerve. Heat offers temporary pain relief but it also encourages further swelling. Ice on the other hand supresses the swelling, so it offers both temporary pain relief and helps wit a long term solution.

    As always, check with your own physio.
     
  7. Salonpas.
    I love the stuff, but now I opt to get a friend to give me a massage instead. I find it feels a lot better after that than after sleeping with half my body feeling minty fresh.

    Although I do quite enjoy that minty fresh feeling...:p
     
  8. mikemulcahy

    mikemulcahy

    Jun 13, 2000
    The Abyss
    Good advice Poida, let me take it a step further. Ice in the initial phase will help with swelling, the cause of a good deal of the pain. Heat however, with help vascularize the area and promote healing. The regigiment of alternating het and ice seems to be the best. But no more that 20 minutes or so of each, any more is a waste of time and may cause more pain and or swelling/pain.

    Moike