“ Brand: Mentholatum / Type: Heat Patch „
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This is a review on deep heat patches. Recently I really hurt my back in a football match, I had a pretty awkward fall onto the ground and I was in quite a bit of pain, I wasn't totally sure what I did to my back but I wanted something to get rid of the pain fast. I went to the shops to pick up some deep heat rub/spray but noticed this on the shelf and thought it would be a good idea to try. I will now go into more detail on this product and explain its benefits and drawbacks.
The price of the patches Is £4.50, you get 4 for your money which makes them over a pound each. This is a little steep on the pricing, but one patch is meant to last 8 hours, so £1 for an entire days pain relief isn't too bad. This is more expensive than other deep heat products, so I was a little reluctant to pay the extra. Overall the price is not amazing, but I am happy with the product so I would pay that again just to use on pain!
Does it work well?:
They work really well, I placed one on my lower back and I instantly felt a warm feeling and some form of relief. There wasnt a strong smell of deepheat that you would usually expect to smell which I feel is a real benefit. The packet does say they are odourless. I say these work well for 4-5 hours, the pain started to come back after this. They stick nicely onto the skin and don't hurt to peel off afterwards, they are so easy to apply. I have also applied one of these to the back of my leg after pulling my muscle, it seemed to subside the pain well and I was able to wear it throughout the day and forget about the injury. They do not completely get rid of the pain, but along with some pain killers they work well to relief the symptoms.
I am happy with this product and I would recommend it. Its useful for most muscle injuries, excellent to have in your sports bag if your an active person. I think I would still prefer to use deep heat spray for my injuries, but when I want to put something on which isnt noticeable, these are perfect. They are very expensive though which I see as the main drawback to the product. These get 4 stars from me as they are really good, but the price of the product makes me take a star off. Thanks for reading my review, I hope it has helped you out. by Josh - jlaker1992
As previously mentioned in my pain relief gel review, I often go on a shopping trip to Nottingham at least twice a year and shop so hard I can barely walk by the end of day two due to back pain. I have been through pain killers, gels, heat and freeze rubs and this time my partner suggested to buy the deep heat patches as they are supposed to provide longer term heat to the area relaxing the muscles.
We took a shopping detour and decided to search the likes of Superdrug and Boots to find some patches to soothe my ever so sore back. I found the cheapest to be in Superdrug at £4.99 for Deep Heat heat patch x4 regular; as this price was for the branded product and there was no cheaper alternative I decided to buy them and give them a go as nothing could be worse than the pain I was in!
So the box is 165mm (h) x 125mm (w) x 30mm (d) and is red all over and has a fade to orange and yellow (mimicking heat flames) around the Deep Heat name and image of a muscular body on the front. The box describes the patches as odourless and having a heat time of up to 8 hours which can be applied directly to the skin.
The patches are effective for the relief of muscular aches and pains, joint stiffness, backache, strains and sprains.
It is important to read all the instructions carefully and you are advised to do so on the back of the box.
WARNINGS: Do not use while asleep, with prolonged patch pressure, on children or anyone unable to remove the patch unaided, on one area longer than 8 hours in 1 24 hour period or with other skin medications and heat sources.
All patches can cause burns or irritation.
Discontinue if heat is unbearable or sensitivity occurs.
Do not use if pregnant, diabetic, poor circulation, nerve damage or allergy to plasters without consulting a doctor.
Do not ingest.
External use only.
Do not let product touch the eyes.
Do not apply to the face, broken skin or swelled areas.
Dispose with normal household waste after use.
I opened the box at the top and found 4 individually wrapped patches inside. The wrapping on the patches is plastic and the images and instructions are the same as the outer box only smaller. To open the pack tear the small cut on the left hand side or use scissors to cut open but be careful to not cut the patch. The patch is approx. 130mm x 95mm in size.
The instructions are to use the patch on clean and dry skin, this is important so the patch sticks well to the area affected. Remove the plastic film from the patch and apply to the affected area, if the skin is ageing then apply adhesive to clothing. I asked my partner to help as it is difficult to apply the patch properly to my back, the patch is like a large white plaster with a blue gel inside.
After I applied the patch I felt it heat up after about 10 minutes and it lasted well through the day when I was out shopping. It was a nice feeling especially in the middle of December, it kept my back nice and warm! The patch was not very sticky as it rubbed along the line of my trousers and got a little bit ruffled so I had to try to put it along the line of my belt to hold it on. I do believe the patch helped with my muscular pain and did help to relax the muscles but alone I do not think it would work; I did combine the patch with painkillers.
The heat patch was comfortable to wear but just remember not to sit back in a chair for too long as it gets a little too hot. I did get a slight itch on my skin but I think this is because I applied the patch directly over a tattoo although there is no mention of sensitivity with tattoos.
I would recommend the patches as the heat output was very good and there was a sense of relax in my muscles.
Deep Heat 8 hour patches are from the old favourite Deep Heat company, the manufacturers of that lovely ointment that warms aching muscles.
The patches come in a pack of 4 costing around 4.95. I bought mine form Asda but I think they are easy to find. They are called 8 hour patches because they remain warm for that long, although in my experience they stay warm for just a little less than this.
The patches come sealed in plastic packets with all the instructions and best before date on each one, handy if you lose the box they all come in. You mustn't open the plastic until you are ready to apply a patch. The heat is activated once exposed to the air. Once open, the patches look a bit like a big tea bag with a strong adhesive backing to one side. They measure 13cm long and 10cm wide, and are very thin, immeasurably really. To use, you must peel off the backing to reveal the sticky coating, and stick it firmly to clean skin. If you are putting it on your back, or neck, it is easier if you can get someone else to apply it for you. I have found it a bit difficult to put it on the back of my neck, whilst trying to get my hair out of the way, and getting it not stuck on anything else. If you have sensitive skin, or an injury, you can stick it to clothing and place the clothing over the area you want it.
Once applied, it heats up slowly, taking about 5 to 10 minutes to get to its optimum. I found the patch didn't get burning hot, just pleasantly warm which feels soothing and relaxes the aching muscle. My problem area is my neck, from time to time I sleep heavily and find myself with a really stiff neck which in turn gives me thumping headaches. Applying these patches all day relaxes my neck which usually stops the head pain.
The patch stays in place all day, but movement can cause the edges of it to peel back a bit and I find bits of hair then stick to it. This is probably not the same for all areas of application.
The description says they are odourless, but that's not quite true. They do have a deep heat smell, but it is very mild.
The pack doesn't seem to have the ingredients on it, but it does say not to use on infants or irritated skin. It says it can cause sensitivity and even blisters. Don't try and reheat the patches once they've cooled.
I would really recommend them for occasional aches and strains. They are not too expensive and work well. The cream, Deep Heat, delivers a lot stronger punch of heat than these patches, but the cream doesn't last as long.
Whilst I have heard of and bought Deep Heat gel in the past, I only noticed these patches for the first time a few months ago when looking for pain relief for my partner who was experiencing back pain.
As he had been using a hot water bottle to provide some relief, I thought maybe applying one of these patches would be beneficial, as well as providing pain relief too. Also, wearing a patch would be easier than carrying a hot water bottle around.
Available as a single patch or in a multi-pack, I decided to buy just the one single patch for my partner to try before buying more.
A couple of months back when I was diagnosed with a frozen shoulder, I also decided to purchase one for myself and both my partner's experience and my own experience of this product, proved to be quite different.
The patches come in a plastic packet ready to use and are recommended to be used for the effective relief of muscular aches and pains, joint stiffness, backache, strains and sprains.
They are advertised as odourless and non-staining and will provide up to 8 hours of warmth.
When my partner used one of these patches a few months back, he didn't rate them very highly at all and told me not to bother buying anymore.
He had trouble getting the patch to remain stuck to his lower back, as it seemed to come loose fairly quickly which may have been caused by natural muscle movement, but it didn't seem to be stuck as securely as I thought it should be when applied. I had actually applied it to my partner's back myself and expected it to be more adhesive than it was.
My partner was expecting to feel an almost intense heat, but he said he was fairly disappointed as he just felt a slight warmth and it didn't provide much relief for him. He persevered with it for a few hours, but it would not stick securely and wasn't really doing much for him at all. Hence to say he resorted to the hot water bottle again.
I would never have purchased these again, except my doctor actually mentioned them to me when I was diagnosed with a frozen shoulder. Although I was prescribed pain relief, she also mentioned the type of exercise I should do, use of hot water bottles and maybe these patches before being referred to physio and as a last resort, an injection.
A frozen shoulder can linger for 18 months and longer, even up to a few years and so I was keen to do all I could to make it more comfortable, so I bought another patch.
The pain in my shoulder seemed to be all around my shoulder and in the muscles around and under my arm, but I applied the patch to the back of my shoulder, where I was experiencing the most discomfort at the time.
The patch seemed to stick better than it had to my partner's back and it remained in place, but by the end of 8 hours it had came slightly loose in one corner.
The heat from the patch was also satisfactory and indeed I was pleased it didn't actually feel any warmer than it did or it may have actually been too uncomfortable.
The warmth provided me with some comforting relief which lasted around 4 - 5 hours before it began to cool, but I would say this patch provided relief for around 6 - 7 hours. I left it on for 8 hours, but by then I couldn't actually feel any warmth or relief from the patch anymore.
I did buy some more of these patches and used them regularly as I found they were helping me to manage my pain and discomfort, but in my partner's case he didn't find them useful at all. Therefore to sum up, I would say these are definitely worth a try, but just buy a single patch first and see if they work for you. The one thing I would say however, is that they could do with being a little more adhesive.
My frozen shoulder now appears to be slowly on the mend and although I still have restricted movement, I am not getting as much pain. These patches were of help to me though, when the symptoms were at their worst.
A single patch should cost you under £2. I purchased mine from Morrisons supermarket, but they are widely available and also can be purchased online. They are also available in multi-packs.
It might sound strange, but after being pregnant for nine months (almost!) I'd forgotten all about the fact that I would eventually get my period again. Now, each time I have a baby my cycle alters but one thing remains constant - severe cramps. I'd use a hot water bottle constantly if it was possible, but this isn't a practical solution considering I have a very clingy baby (bah!) and the one remaining hand I have (the other one being used practically 24/7 to hold David) can't be tied up with holding a rubbery bottle to my stomach.
Mark's been using these Deep Heat patches for a while now as he does a very heavy job which has caused him to have back problems over the years, when I felt the first stirrings of period pains last week I decided to pop one on and see whether it would help. Amazingly it did and I'm now a patch convert, instead of popping the numerous pills I usually have to take to deal with these horrible pains.
The patch is basically a pad which has sticky on one side to allow you to fasten it to your skin. They come individually wrapped and once opened the air will make the patch warm up, this happens quite quickly and after attaching it to yourself it will continue to heat up until the whole thing has what feels to me like a soothing and warming glow. I prefer this method of warming up the pad as a previous brand I tried needed pummelling to get whatever is inside it to warm up, but if you missed a section of the pad that part would remain cold. These Deep Heat patches heat up evenly and this effect carries on almost to the very edge of the patch, again this is something better than the other brand I had tried in the past as that one had at least an inch on each edge of the patch which stayed cool.
Having now used several of these patches I can tell you that the adhesive is pretty good, it does a good job of staying on my skin and doesn't tug or pull (too much!) when the time comes to remove it. One thing I will mention is the fact that you do need to put the patch on quite tightly to get the benefit of the heat, I still have wobbly pregnancy tummy so I did find it a bit awkward to attach it tight enough for the heat to penetrate my skin and work its wonders on my tummy ache but I've got the knack of moving my flab out of the way now - and hopefully I'll start snapping back into shape soon! Mark (being a beanpole) has no such problems and he is able to attach a patch to his back in seconds and just know that the adhesive will hold it tight enough. He just hasn't got the womanly curves I have! ha!
While the patch will remain warm for a good few hours, I personally find I get around four hours of useful heat from each patch. Obviously, period pains are an awkward pain to treat from the outside of your body as the pain radiates from fairly deep inside and I suspect other more localised aches and pains would be far easier solved with the patch than this. I know my mum used them when she strained her calf muscle a few months back and she sung their praises as they worked so well that she didn't need to take any medication at all during this painful time.
On the box there are a list of people who should obtain medical advice before using these patches, I won't go into all the do's and don'ts but just remember that these are a medical product so check the box and instruction leaflet carefully and give your doctor a call if you're not sure whether you should be using them or not. Personally I thought they worked brilliantly and I had no side effects from using them, I have slightly sensitive skin and worried a bit that the plastic backing of the patch would irritate me but this didn't happen and although I was always aware of the fact that I was wearing one the feel of the patch isn't annoying over the day.
£4.50 (pack of four patches) from Boots and other pharmacy-type places.
Being a mother of four it's fair to say that I suffer with aches and pains from time to time, particularly as I am a working, housewife who does almost everything and anything that a woman is expected to do in these modern times!
I first started using these deep heat patches after a friend recommended them to me at the school gates to deal with back pain. As I am someone who is under the weather a fair amount of time from my busy lifestyle I figured I would give some a go and I picked up 1 patch for £1.99 in Boots so I could try them out before forking out on a bigger pack when they might not work properly.
These patches are designed for aches, pains and general stiffness and similar problems. I have used them on several occasions now and keep them around in the house just in case they are needed. Also, my husband has used them now as well to keep himself feeling better after a hard week at work or if he has injured his back. There is no smell to the patches and as they are not too thick it's easy to just peal off the backing, stick on to your back or other afflicted area and then get on with your day to day life.
The patch starts working within just a few minutes and after about five minutes of use I find that the patch is about as hot as it will get it and continues working throughout the day providing welcome relief and making me think how worth the money they are very single time I use one! As you should only use a patch once and only one per 24 hour I try to restrict the times that I use these so I am only using one when I really need it as I have been buying them singularly at the moment as they are the ideal size to keep in my medicine box without taking up too much space. Also, I can keep one in my handbag if I want to just in case pain strikes while I am out with the kids or having a busy day at work.
I find these patches very easy to use and I have no problems peeling the backing off and sticking one on to my back. It doesn't matter if the patch is crooked or anything but obviously just ensure that it is covering the area that you want to get the most benefit. I was pleasantly surprised by how fast these patches heated up and how quickly I could feel the effects from them as well. My back felt lovely and warm throughout the day and even when I wore one at work I could feel it working for most of my day ensuring I was kept warm and relaxed throughout the day. The heat definitely helps with my aches and pains and on my back is the place that I commonly use this deep heat patch, although I have given my daughter one to use on her stomach before when she was suffering with period pains.
The patch may lose some of its stick after a few hours of wear so I always try to put these on somewhere where the top of my trousers will rest over the top so I don't have to worry about it falling off and flopping out on the floor while I'm out or at work. Who knows what people would think?!
Normally when I use these patches I have been using them in conjunction with paracetamol or other painkillers so I couldn't say that these solely will help cure the problem but with a couple of paracetamol and one of these heat patches I find myself feeling back to normal in no time at all and it allows me to carry on with my day without too much fuss. As a busy mother of four it's fair to say that I can't afford to stop functioning and it's for this reason that I would firmly recommend these and I don't mind spending £2 a time to get a full working day of comfort and to allow myself to carry on functioning.
A couple of weeks ago I pulled a muscle in my side and needed to keep a good bit of heat on it to stop it from seizing up. While I was at home I was sitting with a hot water bottle but this was not possible elsewhere so I decide to get myself some stick on heat pads. The shop I went to only had the Deep Heat version so I got myself a pack which was about £6 for 4 pads.
I opened on pad, peeled the back off and stuck it in place. After a few minutes I started to feel the warmth building up. It was nice and soothing and seemed to be doing a good job. After about an hour or so, having moved about a bit, not a huge amount but just an average bit of moving, the pad started to come unstuck and I had to keep pushing it back in place and trying to get it to stick again. This nearly drove me mad!
I have since used the rest of the pads and experienced much the same withj each of them, they get nice and warm but soon come unstuck. After the first two I took to sticking them in place with medical tape which did a much better job of keeping them located.
I have also bought myself a few different brands which have been much cheaper and in all honestly as/if not mor effective. I would recommend going for a non-brand version of this product and personally that is exactly what I would do in future.
Sometime last year I was in Boots and there was an offer, something along the lines of buy two boxes of pain killers and get a free Well-Patch Deep Heat Patch (single, usually £1.99). I needed the pain relief anyway for period pain and I took the Heat Patch to try.
I don't suffer any sort of aches and pains (lucky me!) except for horrendous period pain. Usually I find only heat gives me that instant relief I need, but it's pretty difficult to pop a hot water bottle on in public or carry a portable bath with me, so I thought this heat patch could give me the relief I need.
Quite a simple concept, it's an air activated heat pad so all you do is open the pack and remove the plastic film from the pack of the patch, apply the adhesive side directly to the skin and then wait the advised 5 minutes to feel the heat for up to 8 hours! It's similar 'technology' to hand warmers, instant ice packs etc.
However, I think that they warm up much quicker than 5 minutes, reaching full temperature pretty quick. But I personally think full temperature isn't that warm - it's like when you're hot water bottle is cooling down. I also think that the adhesive isn't great, so when you apply it direct to skin, your tummy, it can dislodge and peel off when you're standing up and sitting down (back might be better as this isn't constantly creasing). The instructions do advise you to use tape to apply them to joints which are constantly mobile to ensure that they stick properly. As for lasting 8 hours, I must say I think it's around half of that.
All of that said they do provide relief from pain - though it is pretty mild pain relief. To conclude on their effectiveness, I would say they are an excellent complimentary, comforting, pain reliever; but I would still use pain killers which is kind of defying the object of buying a complimentary pain reliever. It's more comforting and great that it's discreet and you can wear it to work.
I must admit the first time I used it, I thought it was fine, and bought a few more packs of 4 which I then continued to use, but I have since tried other brands, which are much cheaper and they are 'stickier', hotter and more effective. So now I have more to compare it with, I would say it is over-priced and less effective than other pain reliever patches available.
The Well-Patch Deep Heat Patch is available from Boots, Chemists, online and from most supermarkets. They cost £1.99 per single pack, or for a box of 4 around £5.99. Each patch may only be used once, and you must be careful not to reapply another patch to the same area again within the same 24 hour period (on for 8 hours, off for 16 hours).
I seem to injure myself all the time. Even when I havent even done anything you would associate with hurting yourself - I pulled a muscle once getting out of bed so you can see why I have to have a ready supply of pain relief available. As I started a new job on Monday (I KNOW AT LAST!!) I knew Id need something like this for the morning after my first day and low and behold this morning I woke up with very bad back pain so I reached for these 'Mentholatum Deep Heat Patches' which I use all the time. I know a lot of people are sceptical about heat patches and whether or not they actually provide any pain relief at all but for me these patches are something I cannot be without and I hope to continue using them every time I injure myself - although I hope thats not quite so often in the future!
Price: Around 5.00-6.00 (Pack Of 4 Patches)
Stockists: Supermarkets, Chemists & Amazon.
Other Info: Can be used for muscle pain, back pain, joint stiffness, sprains & strains - so really any kind of pain your body throws at you. These patches are also odourless and ready to use straight from the packet so no faffing around here.
So the idea with these patches is you simply open them and then stick them to the area you need to relieve pain from and wait for them to heat up. Ive read a few reviews saying these have burnt peoples skin or to put them on top of a shirt but I dont think thats really necessary. I apply these patches straight to my skin and Ive never had a problem with them not sticking or burning my skin so most people I guess wont have a problem. The patches Ive used seem to stay in place all day and are very comfortable to wear.
Ive found these take about 5 minutes to heat up to full strength (which is down to some chemical reaction inside the patch in case you were wondering) and while they do get pretty hot Ive never had to take one off because its become too hot or had any marks or burns on my skin the next day. The sensation is just pleasant and really does take your mind off whatever pain you were in before you applied it. Some people may argue that putting a hot water bottle on the affected area would be just as good but as you can easily go out and about with one of these on Id say these definitely have the edge.
As for being odourless I do have to slightly disagree. These patches do have the slight scent of Deep Heat - its very hard to describe but people who have used the products before will know what I mean. The scent doesnt bother me personally and this patch fragrance is nowhere near as strong as the sprays or creams you can get so I dont think the smell will bother many people - its not odourless though!
These patches for me provide instant relief from muscle and back pain and continue to do so throughout the day until I take it off - by which time the pain has definitely eased loads. So I do highly recommend them - even if you think you wont need them you should always have a box of these in your cupboards because they do really help.
Thanks For Reading.
x0 Salz 0x
I get a lot of trouble with my upper back, I think because I am tall, and I work hunched over a laptop at work all day long. Rather than take painkillers constantly (which I can't do at the moment as I am pregnant), I decided to try deep heat patches. Deep heat rub and many other muscle creams and sprays have a distinctive smell, as well as being impractical for use out of the house, so I bought a four pack of these patches for £5.99 with free delivery from Amazon to try. You can keep them in the car, your handbag, your desk etc, so they are always ready to use.
You cannot put the patches directly on your skin, as a chemical reaction when opened causes them to heat up to a high temperature, you have to stick them on a light weight piece of clothing like a t shirt.
They last for a good two hours and to my mind are very effective. It is best I find if you lay down, or sit back in your chair, so your body applies pressure to the area which helps. They do seem to relieve, if not cure, muscle pain, and are a great quick fix.
Of course long sustained muscular problems you need to go and see your GP about and it is important to note that this is in no way a substitute for that. But as a method of pain relief they are as good as if not better than popping pills or carrying about a TENS machine. I would recommend them and at the price, they won't break the bank.
The Deep Heat patches are notorious on these shores for their effectiveness in overcoming all types of muscular aches and pains, stiffness of joints or general wear and tear of muscles. Being a bit of an athlete in my youth around 5 years ago I always used to have these in plentiful supply but even for general day to day strains this is the most effective and best value product of its type of the market.
These patches are suitable for all over the body, although I would avoid using it on the more, shall we say, sensitive areas . They are small patches with four patches per pack and work by giving off an intense heat sensation that serves as a pain relief.
All you need to do is simply place the patch on the affected area and allow it to heat and do its magic!
One downside is they can feel as if they have burned the skin rather than relieved any pain you may be having. On one or two occasions I was left with marks from the patch on various parts of my body that turned into skin irritations so whilst I did ease my back pain for instance I was left with a skin irritation. Also, they are not their to get rid of pain and any serious injuries will not feel much effect from these patches. They are best used on slight tears and strains picked up in sport or day to day activity.
The speed of the ease of pain is far far greater than any oral medication you may take for such pain and you will feel the difference within seconds. The heat rushes to the pad and a warm, effective heat is produced.
They are not reusable which is one point that should be mentioned but at £6 for four considering the use you may get out of them its decent value.
All in all I have found in my own experience of slight sporting wear and tear injuries that the patches have worked a wonder and have eased pain dramatically!
Worth a look!
I do suffer from the odd Sore back and although I get the wife to rub Deep Heat in some nights She advised for me to try this. They aren't that cheap and perhaps more of a novelty, but if they were going to work then surely they would be worth it. The wife got these when they were on offer in Boots a while back, and the packs were buy 1 get 1 free. I think she paid around £6.
These are just like a large sticky plaster. They are quite large and not quite square, but a bit rectangular as well. These have a sticky bit on the back which you peel the backing off and stick it to the affected area.
These Pads heat up on contact with you, or I think it is when the backing has been removed then this triggers the Heat Granuals.
I would say that these heat up to the full Temperature in anything up to 10 minutes. It is a gradual heat, which is warming and nice and soothing. They stay warm for hours and help with all kinds of aches. The wife has used 1 of these when she has a sore stomache and she finds they work well as well. You can stick these to skin and when they pull off it doesn't hurt, or the wife stuck it over her underwear for her stomache ache.
A good product that will give you a gentle heat and an effective pain relief.
A couple of months ago, I bent down to pick my daughter up and felt something go in my back which caused a huge amount of pain. I hobbled home and took some painkillers and thought it was just a strain and that it would be feeling better the following day. How wrong was I? I could hardly sleep as I just couldn't get comfy in bed and knowing that I had a long shift at work the following day was an awful thought as my job involves sitting at a desk on a dreadfully uncomfortable chair!
My mum's first aid box is absolutely full of everything you can think of, and the next morning when I went to drop my daughter off she gave me a heat patch and told me to use this as well as the painkillers and I should feel an improvement.
The deep heat patches come in a bright orange box with the words "Deep Heat" in firey writing to give the impression of heat. In the background of the box you will see a picture of the heat patch so you can see exactly what you are buying. The box states the patches offer effective relief of: muscular aches and pains. joint stiffness. backache, strains and sprains.
The patches are odourless, the do not stain the clothes and are immediately ready to use.
To use the patch you simply open the pack, remove the protective film from the patch and place the adhesive side over the affected area. After five minutes or so the patch will heat up and will remain warm for up to eight hours.
**It is important to remember that the patches are for single use only and must not be reheated in the oven or microwave, and you must also only use one patch on the area within a 24 hour period**
I put one of the patches on my back just before I left for work as I needed my mum to help me place it on as it was right in the middle at the base of my back so I couldn't quite manage it correctly by myself. While walking to work I could feel the patch heating up and I was quite surprised at how hot it actually got! It wasn't burning by any means but I really didn't expect so much heat to come out of the patch. I found that it stayed warm for a good few hours but I would say after maybe about six hours the effect had almost gone and it felt a little pointless still being on my back as it was slightly uncomfortable given the area I had to have it stuck on.
One thing I did find with the patch is that it was starting to lose its stickiness quicker than I would have thought, but I put that down to it being stuck on my back and everytime I had to move the patch was moving too. However it did stay in place with the help of the waistband of my trousers so I can't complain too much.
I do think that the deep heat patched helped ease my back pain somewhat and I was able to move around easier than I had been able to before using it, but I would say that it was a combination of the patch and the strong painkillers I had taken.
I have since used the patch on my shoulder when I had a real ache and again it did help me so I am more than happy to recommend these patches. The price of the patches seems to vary, at Boots you can get one patch for £1.99 at the moment, but you may find that a box of two can cost around the £5.00 mark.
I have to give the deep heat patches five out of five Dooyoo stars as they have helped me when I have needed them!
Thank you for reading my review :)
Menthollatum deep heat patches were very helpful to me when I had a sports injury to my lower back. I used the normal deep heat spray but I needed a more targeted heat in the area that was bothering me.
The deep heat patches are easy to use and when out of the pack they work quickly. The give off a lot of heat and warm the area that needs help. I make sure I don't put them on my skin ad stick them onto a light bit of clothing as they can burn skin.
You get 4 patches in each pack and they are sealed because the air makes them begin to work. A reaction is caused and makes the pads heat up very fast. In a few minutes they feel very warm and soothing.
When you use these they must not be used if you have cuts or open wounds on the area you want to put them on. If the area is very swollen its best to let that go down first.
You must not cut or pierce the heat patch as it contains a mix that can cause burns and that would be a problem. Just stick it in place and let it do its stuff for as long as you need and try to relax.
I think the last one I used lasted me for 6 hours before I thought it was not as hot as I would like it to be. This is very good and makes up for the high price at £5.99 for a pack of 4 patches. They can sometimes last longer.
You can't use any of the patches again when they have been on your skin and they need to be thrown away carefully. Don't open the patch at any time even when its finished with.
When I used these they really helped to ease things for me. I could stick one on and let it get on with delivering heat to the area that I had hurt. It was able to move around when I had one of the patches working and it was much better for me.
The patches can be used for sports injuries, joint pain and aches. I think they are very good and have helped me a lot when I used them.
I used all 4 of the patches in the pack and I think they all worked well for me. I would recommend these as an easy way to get some heat and warmth directed at the site that is giving you problems.
Mentholatum Deep Heat Patch
A few months ago I accidently slipped on our wooden stairs and tumbled most of the way down to the bottom. Luckily, I escaped mostly injury free, I had some nasty looking bruises and I managed to jar my back. Overall, I was quite lucky that I didn't do more harm to myself than I actually did, but I had managed to pull or strain muscles in my back, neck and arm.
It was my back pain that really caused me to feel uncomfortable when sitting, standing and especially trying to get comfortable enough to sleep at night. Initially, I used a hot water bag to try and relieve some of the discomfort and soothe my aching muscles, but trying to keep it in place was an ongoing task. The husband after kindly running some other errands for me picked up a packet of these deep heat patches.
These really worked for me, they alleviated some of my aches and pains. Essentially, they are a big sticky plaster that heats up on contact with your skin. There sticking power isn't fantastic, but they did stay in place as long as I wasn't moving around too much. I was also able to take the patch off for a few minutes and then reapply it, which is great for bathroom breaks.
They do get surprisingly warm, they aren't hot enough to be uncomfortable, but they do get hotter than I expected. They also stay warm for the majority of the day and stay in place reasonable well if you have to move around the house. Admittedly when I needed these I really used them while laying around on the sofa feeling sorry for myself. I don't think they would be that great for using when you had a busy activity filled day. However, I might be wrong, they may hold their place, especially if you wore a tighter top to give them more support.
These aren't cheap to buy, but I was pleased with the results so never begrudged paying out nearly £6 for a couple of patches. I wouldn't want to have to buy these on a regular basis because then they could quickly add a hefty expense to the weekly shopping budget.
They do come with a list of instructions and guidelines for use, which is always worth checking out before you buy them and especially before you use these heat patches.
These get a five out of five stars from me. I found that these really worked for me and the heat eased my muscles and associated discomfort. If you have a sore back from muscle pain then I would recommend trying these, they do work better than your average hot water bottle.