“ Brand: Boots / Type: Heat Patch „
Why I needed help:
Yoga can be wonderful unless you do something silly like pull a muscle or strain your back because of making an awkward and non-textbook move. I leant against the radiator to try and gain some comfort. It seemed to help a little but the ridges on the radiator were uncomfortable and it started to become too hot.
So I sent someone out on a mission for anything that might help and they returned from Boots with the lowest costing product they could find - Boots own brand for five pounds and ninety pence. I wasn't in a position to argue, but they had taken my purse to shop, and the amount of back pain I was in seemed to warrant the most expensive product!
Inside the box were four patches. Hmm - not many. Accordingly, they give relief for muscular aches and pains for eight hours - I hoped they were not exaggerating.
Peel off the back of the heat and stick it on. Problem number one - this patch is not very big. My lower back pain spread further than the plaster patch would cover.
Problem number two was that you have to be quick to apply as contact with air activates the patch. It's tricky reaching your own back but luckily I'd done lots of yoga!
These patches come with a whole bunch of warnings, but I was in pain so did I care - heck no. I read the warnings later. You should always read this before use. It was okay as it turns out because I wasn't pregnant, my clothes were loose fitting, I was over the age of twelve by a long shot, and the scary possibilities of skin reactions didn't occur. The annoyance was to be that you cannot sleep with it on or put pressure on the patch.
Iron, activated carbon and water.
Boots inform the customer that the patch will take thirty minutes to warm up but I could feel the heat warming as soon as I put the patch on my skin. Ten minutes later it seemed quite warm - enough to sweat! I think it might have slipped right off had I not been wearing my elasticised- waist leggings which kept the patch held in place. I didn't intent to go out so I felt if I kept still it should stay on but it did cause me worry and I kept reaching back to make sure it was in place.
Spend some more money and get something that won't slip off or just be patient and calm as the pain will go. With the patch on I wasn't moving very much for fear of losing the patch. Actually, the correct action to take with backache is to move - keep walking around. If the pain continues or gets worse you might need to see a GP but normally they will tell you there is nothing to be done but keep on moving! The patches stop this from happening. The heat lessens considerable during the eight hours. The pain did not go because of the patch. In the night I decided to try a hot water bottle and that did the same thing. When I work up in the morning the pain was a dull ache. I was in a better state and could do a gentle yoga exercise which did ease my back. I didn't bother with the next patch as I had to go out and didn't want the worry of it slipping off. Nature healed me in its own time.
I suffer from lower back ache, it's not constant but if I stoop to do the ironing for example or stand or walk for a while it plays up something chronic. On a recent trip to Liverpool I was in agony, I didn't know what to do so went in search of something that would help as I didn't want to spoil the trip for the kids.
Desperation lead me to Boots. The cheapest thing in there was their own brand Heat Patch costing about a fiver, there are however 4 in the pack so just over a pound each and worth it if they worked. Applying heat usually does the trick so I bought a pack.
The red box claims the patches are suitable for the relief of muscular aches, pain and backache and that they last for up to 8 hours- plenty of time to finish our day out.
To use couldn't be simpler you just open a sachet and take out the heat patch. It has a protective backing which you peel off like a plaster. You then stick the sticky side straight on to painful area, in my case the middle of my lower back. I'd say they are not much bigger than a post card so don't cover a large area.
Being air activated it starts up as soon as you open it so it needs applying right a way. There are all sorts of cautions with these patches- don't apply pressure to it, for example by sitting on it, don't wear tight clothes, don't sleep with it on, don't be under 12, only wear for 8 hours in 24, take care if your pregnant etc- all sorts of warnings. The patches contain iron, activated carbon and water. The Skin Heat Patch starts to warm slowly reaching it's hottest in 30 minutes- it took less than this.
On initial application it stuck fast and gradually heated up. Ten minutes in I could feel it coming loose, the heat was making my skin sweat which in turn was ruining the sticky stuff. The instructions do recommend using tape around the edges to keep it on firmly if using on a joint, but you'd think it wouldn't need extra help on your back. I just stuck it down my jeans waist band and prayed it wouldn't fall out in public, it could be mistaken for a large panty liner......
The heat did give me some relief but the patches don't get hot enough for any serious effect. It helped my back feel more comfortable in an emergency but I wouldn't buy them again. Eight hours is a stretch, they were luke warm towards this time.
If it becomes necessary to buy something like this again I'd shop around. They're okay but not much good in an emergency if they fall off when you're out and about.
3 stars from me because they're alright, warm but not warm enough for serious pain, and not sticky enough to stay on.
I have used pain relieving heat patches several times with varying levels of success. Whilst I didn't like the Cura-Heat patches at all, I've found other brands such as Deep Heat and the Thermacare heat wraps to be much more effective.
I first purchased the Boots direct to skin heat patches just after new year, following an accident I had when I fell down some icy steps, doing my back in. I bought two boxes, but only used one at the time. More recently I've had need to use the second box after experiencing lower back pain, which I think may have been caused by not keeping my back straight when exercising.
Admittedly I bought these because they were cheaper than other brands, but another thing that appealed to me was the 'Direct to Skin' part of the name. The Cura-Heat patches have to be applied on the outside of clothing which I personally found made them ineffective.
The idea of these patches is that they heat up when they come into contact with the skin, and the heat soothes the pain without the need for taking medication. They are suitable for muscular aches, pains and backache.
The patches come in a red box and you get four individually wrapped patches in each, although looking online you can also buy them singularly.
The patches have a peel off back, which you remove to reveal a sticky side. You then simply stick onto the skin wherever you need pain relief. The first time I used these, because I placed them directly on the base of my spine where it curved, the patch kept coming off. It does say on the back you can use adhesive dressing tape on the edges to hold it on if you're applying the patch to flexible joints, but at the time it wasn't really an option because I could barely walk let alone reach round to tape a heat patch to my back! Even more recently when the patch has been placed higher up on my back I've had a few issues with it losing stickiness which for me is one of the major downsides of this product.
Once on the skin I find they will take between 10 and 15 minutes to heat up, despite the box saying it will take 30 minutes. They don't seem to give as much heat as some the thermacare or deep heat patches, but there you can feel a gentle heat coming from them.
I find that they work reasonably well on milder pain, but when I had severe pain after my fall the effects were there but quite minimal. For milder back pain however, the heat is quite soothing and as the heat relaxes the muscles it does provide pain relief. I find that as soon as they begin to heat up the pain should stop - I suppose it's the same effect as using a hot water bottle, although obviously these are much more convenient.
It says that the effects last for up to 8 hours. I think the longest I've worn one of these must be for about four hours, but they do seem to retain their heat very well, so I wouldn't doubt that.
At £1.69 for a single patch or £4.99 for a pack of four from Boots, these are only slightly cheaper than buying branded heat patches.
Overall, I think I still prefer the thermacare and deep heat patches to these, mainly because they stay on my skin well, whereas these ones had a tendency to come off. They do work well as relief from mild pain, but for more serious pain they aren't so effective and you may find you need to resort to painkillers.