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I have used Thermacare Heatwraps (Neck, Shoulder & Wrist) on a number of occasions because I do suffer from upper back pain and neck pain - mostly when I've been sat at the computer for most of the day. I have tried medication, such as ibuprofen, which does help, but sometimes I want something that seems to soothe and comfort the painful area - and this is where I have found Thermacare Heatwraps to be really effective. I find that they tend to be preventative of pain developing if you get it on quickly enough. The Thermacare Heatwraps come in packs of three and each pad can only be used once. A pack of three heat wraps costs £6.12 from Amazon (www.amazon.co.uk) which obviously equates to £2.04 per wrap. I think this is a decent price and, to be honest, I thought that they would cost more than this.
Each wrap is individually packed and when it comes out of the packet, it is kind of shaped like angel wings and it is a good shape to be spread over the shoulder blades or around the base of the neck . They are made of a soft cotton-like material that is very slightly padded and feels really comfortable when it is against the skin. The material does not rub or itch and it feels really comforting as soon as it is laid on.
The pads don't use batteries as they are made of a special material which starts to heat as soon as it is taken out of the pouch and exposed to the air. It starts to heat up quite quickly - and within about 20 minutes it is lovely and warm, but comfortably warm, and this heat continues for about 10 hours. The manufacturers guarantee 8 hours of heat, but I generally find that I get a little more than this - although when it does stops working, the pad does stop working very abruptly.
I find that the Thermacare Heatwraps wraps do effectively relieve muscular pain - and, as I said before, they actually also seem to prevent the development of pain. If I had a score of 10/10 in my neck prior to the application of the pad, I would say it reduces to about 4/10 after application of the pad - and so this makes a significant difference. The pain relief quality tends to last even after the removal of the pad - and this tends to last for about a further 6 hours after the pad has been removed.
Overall, I do find that these pads are worth wearing and I would recommend them for minor to moderate pain.
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