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      05.07.2014 21:50
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      A good product that does exactly as it claims

      I purchased these heat pads for my husband who was suffering with back pain. I had considered buying them for myself in the past as I suffer from shoulder pains but the price always seemed to put me off. But on this occasion my husband was in so much pain I wanted anything that might help. The box comes with 3 pads inside. Each pad is individually packaged and when you open them this exposes them to air. It is this exposure to air that activates the pads and starts them work. This means that once you open a pad up you need to use one straight away. The pads themselves are not massive but there are larger ones available on sale if you need to cover a big area. The pads really do heat up to temperature very quickly once opened. It is recommend on the instructions that the pads are not put directly onto skin and that''s you put them onto clothing. I would say that unless you have particularly sensitive skin it is fine to a apply the pads directly onto skin sand this gives a greater heat and so a little more relief. My husband used these pads and he found them effective in reducing pain. The stay heated for 12 hours which is great as he is a chef and was able to wear one pad for a whole days service at work. Since buying these for my husband I have tried them out also. For me though as I suffer from shoulder pain I don''t find that they are the best shape, I don''t know but maybe other shaped versions are available. These pads are effective at relieving pain but they are probably not enough on their own and taking an anti inflamitary at the same time is probably a good idea, especially if the pain is strong.

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      03.02.2014 22:06

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      I bought this product in tesco and applied like it said on the packet but 4 hours later still no sign of the pain relief. I think they made this product so that they could just get peoples hard earned money. Maybe the company should change the label to pain patches because that's all they do is put you in more pain, so in my opinion they should stop making and selling these type of products. I am seeing my doctor on the 18 February due to the pain. The advert they show on TV is a load of rubbish.

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      06.08.2013 09:20
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      A great help for targeting and easing painful muscles

      How I met Cura Heat
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      From time to time I suffer with back spasms, and really believe that directly applied heat is the most effective way to ease my pain. I always keep a stock of heat wraps in my cupboard but when I last went to replace them, these Cura Heat pads were on offer at my local Superdrug, two-for-one 3-packs. I read the back of the box and realised they were the same concept, and I liked the fact that these could also be used for other parts of my ailing body, I also suffer with a shoulder problem from time to time.

      The product
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      Inside the box you get three individual cellophane-wrapped pads which measure approximately 13cm x 10cm, rectangular in shape. The pads are activated to generate heat by contact with air, so it's important not to break into the packs accidentally, but they are securely sealed and marked where to open so that damage is unlikely. When you remove the pad from the packaging, it has one side covered in backing on the adhesive and the other side is soft to the touch.

      Directions/Warnings
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      The directions are very specific: Peel off the backing and apply directly to your clothing over the painful area. The critical factor there is to apply to the clothing - NEVER stick the pad to the skin (tempting though that may seem). The warnings are very clear, and I actually know of someone who kept one of these on in bed - as it had lost its strong heat but was still pleasantly warm, and it actually burned them quite badly.

      My experience
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      The pad starts to warm up practically immediately and the packaging states that full heat is reached in around 30 minutes, with heat lasting for up to 12 hours. In my experience, the heat lasts longer - I left one on a t-shirt that I'd taken off when I got ready for bed one night and it was still slightly warm when I came to throw it away the next morning.

      The adhesive is really strong and covers the whole of the back of the pad. I found that the pads get quite heavy as they heat up (they harden) so it's best if you have clothing which can't be weighed down by them - a snug fitting t-shirt is best rather than a loose top, although you should avoid attaching them to any clothing which would actually hold the pad firmly touching the skin due to the risk of burns. Obviously you want the heat to remain directly over the problem area as much as possible, so you need to choose something that will hold it roughly in place without it being held directly against the skin.

      The heat generated by these pads is really impressive - and really effective too. I find the really strong (intense almost) heat lasts for a couple of hours but after that you still get quite strong heat for the whole day. If I have put one on in the morning I would still be getting warmth from it up until I would be ready for bed, but towards the evening it's very gradually diminishing over that time. Whilst wearing the pad there is definite comfort in the areas of pain, and as they warm up, muscles tend to loosen up.

      Recommend?
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      I definitely believe in these pads as a help when I'm suffering with back or shoulder pain, plus I can still take pain killers too. For me personally they are more suited to shoulder pain because with the size of the pad I would really need to use two to tackle my back spasms - the wrap-style heat pads are much more suited for that. These are better for targeted pain relief in my opinion, but they are good to keep in the cupboard as they really do offer genuine comfort and relief at a pretty miserable time.

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        13.07.2013 08:07
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        work well

        There is nothing worse than having a bad back, be it your lower or upper back or your shoulder each area hurts just as much as the other and its an area that you still need to use during your day no matter what.

        You may have slept on it awkwardly or you may have pulled a muscle whilst lifting for example, but once the pain starts it can be unbearable especially when you are trying to move.

        I have managed to hurt my back on a few occasions now and fortunately it has been nothing too serious just over doing it on the heavy lifting. This is when I was in the chemist looking for some deep heat and came across these Cura Heat, Heat Patches, which I thought was a great idea especially as I cannot stand the smell of deep heat, but it has always done the job.

        Cura Heat, Heat Patches come in a variety of different sizes you can buy one patch or 3 in a pack as I did. They cost £3.50 which I though was a reasonable price.

        What is Cura Heat, Heat Patch it is a square patch that is roughly the size of your hand and it is a fabric like material and on one side there is a sticky adhesive. Inside the patch there are crystals that when activated with air the pad starts to warm up. You then place the patch on the area of pain, where the heat then works through the skin directly to the source of the pain. The heat helps to then increase the circulation whilst reducing the stiffness and helping to relax the sore muscle.

        The patch can be worn under clothes and is not noticeable, which is ideal. It is comfortable to wear and apart from the heat at the area of pain I can hardly notice that I am wearing it.

        The patch manages to stay warm for up to 12 hours , all you have to do is open the plastic sealed pocket that it comes in, make sure that you open it as directed by hand and not by scissors otherwise you could damage the patch. You the peel off the paper strip and adhere it to your clothing or underwear, wherever the pain is and the patch will then heat up for the next 30 minutes till it reaches optimum temperature and it will then remain hot for up to 12 hours.

        The patches are for external use only and you should not use them over broken or bruised skin and you should also not use the heat pad whilst sleeping they are only for use during the day and they should not be used on children.

        The great thing about the patch is that it is non medical it is just a heat pad. You just need to make sure that you do not open or damage the packet until you need it as it cannot be sealed or reused once it has been opened.

        I find that the patch works well it does not immediately get rid of the pain, but it does help to keep the muscles warm and allow me to move and get on with my day with minimal discomfort.

        When applying the patch, apply the sticky side to your clothes, I have taken the patch off after wearing all day, going to bed and the patch on my side is still slightly warm, it is a great invention and I find that is retains some heat for over the 12 hours.

        If you have hurt your back I definitely recommend giving this a try they keep the muscles warm and help to making sure that you avoid any more damage by keeping the muscles warm and what's more you are doing it without any medication, just a heat pad!

        It looking around Cura Heat Patches now come in a range of different formats to suits your needs.

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          19.03.2012 00:02
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          good comfort for back pain

          Cura-Heat are produced by a company called Kobayashi.

          Cura-Heat are 'air activated' heat packs which are designed to provide targeted relief for various types of pain. There are packs available for period pain but the most common Cura-Heat is designed for back and shoulder pain.

          ~Cura-Heat~

          Cura-Heat for back and shoulder pain, is designed to offer 12hours of warming relief. It should be applied over the top of clothing near the area which is causing discomfort - it should never be applied direct to skin. This particular version of Cura-Heat can be used pn the lower and upper back, the shoulders and around the neck area.

          Cura-Heat is non-medicinal but shouldn't be used alongside warming or rub creams in the same area. It is designed for adult use only and those who are pregnant or have certain health conditions should seek medical advice before using this product. Cura-Heat contains iron as well as activated carbon and water.

          This version of Cura-Heat is in an orange box. Inside, each pack is individually packaged in a sealed packet. The packets should only be removed as and when they are needed as once exposed to air, they start to work. Each pack is for one use only. Once applied, it is recommended that you do not put pressure on the pack or sleep wearing it.

          *Pack of 1 - Poundland (£1.00)
          *Pack of 3 - Boots (£2.64), Asda (£2.00) and Tesco (£3.00)
          *Pack of 7 - Boots (£5.75)

          ~My Experience~

          A few years ago I damaged the bottom of my back. My experience is that when you first damage your back, the pain never really goes away! I went through 18 months of discomfort in college as I would be sitting of a period of time and it would get painfull leading me to taking painkillers regularly. I still suffer now - not quite as bad as before but every few weeks it flares up.

          Cura-Heat was recommended to me by my Dad and my sister. I purchase my boxes from Asda and feel that £2.00 for 3 is a decent enough price. When my back starts to play up at home, I choose to use these but prefer to take stronger painkillers when out and about as it is more convenient.

          The actual Cura-Heat backs are a decent size measuring approx 13x9cm. I am aware that Cura-Heat offer larger packs which would be great for those suffering with wide spread pain. One side of the heat pack has a white, see through appearance and reminds me of a sanitary pad (hence why I won't wear it outdoors just in case!) and is filled with a squidgy, powder like filling. The back of the pack has a label which needs to be removed and this reveals the sticky part of the pack.

          Sticking the pack to my back is very easy and it stays neatly in place. If you need to apply it to an awkward area, I would recommend asking someone else to do it as it can be difficult to ensure it is in the correct place. It doesn't feel heavy or intrusive but I am aware that it is there. I normally stick it to my pyjama or vest top and it doesn't damage the material when in place or when it is removed. I find the pack works best when I wear thin, but not paper thin clothing. They weren't any good on a loose top I had on but find them to be perfect for slightly 'tighter' clothing.

          ~Does It Work?~

          Yes - Cura-Heat does offer relief to mild-moderate discomfort but for anything more I would combine with an oral painkiller as well. I normally apply the pack to my lower back (just above my underwear) and right in the middle of my back as this is where I experience the most discomfort. I also used these packs when I suffered from a weird pain in my neck and had equally decent results.

          Once in place. these packs heat up quite quickly. They do not become roasting hot when in place but do provide ample relief to make me more comfortable and are pleasantly warm to the touch. It is important to allow air to circulate around the pad and ensure the heat is continuous. I usually apply the pack when I have a lot to be getting on with around the house and it stays neatly in place as I clean and tidy up.

          The relief from each pack is great. The heat penetrates through my top very well and provides a pleasant, warming sensation to my back (or neck). I wouldn't say it is great when my back is really sore but when it is causing me discomfort, it soothes the area and generally makes me more comfortable. I can get on with whatever I need to do without wincing in pain constantly and I generally feel more relaxed and less agitated by my back pain when using these packs.

          The heat is consistent and I have found these pads to offer around 10 hours of noticeable relief before the heat starts to fade and render the packs ineffective. This isn't bad but if you only need to use them for a short while, it does seem a bit of a waste given they can only be used once before being disposed of. I do find I can move and re-position the pad without losing any stickiness during the time it is warm.

          ~Conclusion~

          Overall I can recommend Cura-Heat. They work well and have provided me with much needed relief from back and neck discomfort. Just don't expect miracles as sometimes something a bit more direct and strong is required (ie a muscle rub and Nurofen!). I have experienced no reaction to these pads and I am always careful to avoid skin contact with me.

          Overall 4 stars :)

          Thanks for reading!

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            13.11.2010 14:35
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            We've tried the brand named Heat pads as well as these ones which are cheaper and I find them all to be about the same standard. I suppose the brand named ones can be that bit larger, but these ones are so much cheaper.

            Anyway another must have product that the wife picked up from Savers. This comes in a 4 pack and cost around £3.50 so surely worth a try.

            Although this states that it is for use on back and shoulders, i'm sure you can use these on the stomach area or anywhere else that you have an ache, but I suppose most people would probably use a product like this for back pain anyway.

            These are a decent size. Not the smallest pads i've seen but certainly larger than another cheaper brand pad that i've tried.

            So you use these in the usual way. Just take a pad out of the pack, take the back part off which allows you to stick this onto your skin or clothes if you want this not stuck to you. The pads are sticky but not that sticky that it will hurt when you take this off. I have a few hairs on my back and this didn't hurt when the wife ripped this off for me. When you take the backing part off then that activates the Heat crystals and I think when this is stuck onto the skin then that makes the Crystals work as well. Who knows the science behind this.

            These say that they keep the heat for up to 12 hours. I wouldn't say I felt the same amount of heat for all that time, but they stayed a good warmth for hours. I've had 1 of these applied to my lower back before bed and it stays in place no matter if you toss and turn in your bed.

            These work just as well as the brand named one and give a nice heat on your back and helps take the back pain away for a bit. It's amazing what a bit of heat can do.

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            04.11.2010 10:22
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            Definitely worth a try; I'm hooked

            Cura heat pads are available in packs of 3 from Tesco's for about £3.50 . I often suffer from discomfort in the bottom of my back due to the physical work that I do and the fact that I am incessantly avoiding buying a new mattress. Occasionally my back pain breaches the level of discomfort and simply becomes stiff and painful, and it was on one of these particularly unbearable days that I decided to try cura heat pads.

            The pads are individually wrapped inside the box of 3 and when you open them the air begins to activate the heat. You are supposed to have a layer of clothes between the pad and your skin by sticking the pad to your underwear, but seeing as I don't have knickers that come up to my ribs, I had to wear a tight fitting vest top under my clothes and attach the pad to there. This was no major hardship though. You can attach the pad simply to the outside of your clothes but as my back was very sore I only wanted the layer in between to be very thin.

            The pad provides continuous warmth onto the aching areas, and the idea is that this warmth will relax the muscles, decrease stiffness and increase circulation to the area. The pads are supposed to provide warmth for 8-12 hours and when I took mine off after 12 hours, it was still nice and warm. So, one pad should last you a long time.

            In my experience, the pads were of course not a miracle cure and my back was still sore after using them, but it was definitely not as sore and at the same time they really did work to loosen up my back and relax my muscles. I was walking less and less like the tin man the longer that I used these pads! I would definitely recommend these products for the relief of a stiff back and in back problems generally, it just might be worth thinking of taking some painkillers too if your back is very sore. In my opinion, the relief that these pads provide is totally worth the cost of the product - great value for money!

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            28.10.2010 14:35
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            A really excellent product for back pain

            The older I get the more I am beginning to notice aches and pains after working out and I am a big fan of both heat and cold patches as they bring instant relief without the need of drugs.
            I occasionally get a sore back after I have been at my desk for the whole day and I know if I don't do something as soon as I notice the pain then it will get worse and start to stiffen up.

            Cura-heat patches are another item that I always try to keep in the house as I think they are fantastic for those days when I am suffering from aches and pains and need a little TLC.
            They come in a box of two and cost me £3.99 which I do find quite expensive but because they are so soothing I tend to put the price to the back of my mind when buying them.
            The patched are basically just that, two patches that are adhesive and heat up. It's all quite simple and easy to use but really effective.

            To use the patches all you have to do is remove the backing on the pad to expose the adhesive and then you just attach the pad to clothing above where the pain is. At first I was sceptical to how well it would work when the pad didn't actually touch the skin but as long as you wear something quite tight fitting then the heat penetrates through the fabric into the skin really well.
            I like to wear them in the house in my pj's and then I wear a tightish t-shirt to make sure that the pad is close to my skin and the pad starts to gradually heat up almost instantly and is at its optimum temperature in about 30 minutes and the heat lasts for about 12 hours on average.

            Once the patches are on you are not supposed to put pressure on the pads and air is supposed to be allowed to circulate around the pad. This isn't practical for me as when I use them I want to be able to lie on the couch and relax but I have found that if I place a pillow under my bum so the pad is slightly raised off the couch then they work just fine and I have never had a problem in doing this.

            The feeling that they give is lovely and is similar to using a hot water bottle just without the hassle of having to keep it in place. The warmth doesn't so much get rid of the pain but it does sooth the muscles making it relax which does help with the pain.
            I find using them so relaxing and comforting and there is nothing nicer when my back is feeling sore to put on a patch and wrap a blanket on myself and spend the night on the couch watching tv.

            The patches are really thin and once on other than the heat you forget they are stuck to your back so if someone put one on in the morning and went to work wearing it no one would even notice and I doubt it would cause any annoyance or irritation and as the adhesive is really good they will stay in place for the entire day.

            As I said earlier I pay £3.99 for a pack of two patches which I don't mind as I only use them occasionally but I do think that if someone suffers from back pain on a regular basis then these are too expensive for use every day. It's a shame that a lot of people wouldn't be able to afford them as a regular treatment for their back pain as they are really effective and I have no doubt they would help.
            For me I absolutely love them and always try to have them in the house so that if any stiffness comes upon me I don't have to leave the house to buy some. If you haven't tried them before then I recommend you go and buy a pack and see how good they are.

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            01.10.2010 08:02
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            I like them

            Ever since I was a teenager I have suffered from aches and pains in my back. The most probable cause for this is bad posture but there may be other things which are playing a part too. Throughout the years I have found that having heat on my back in the form of either a hot water bottle or having a hot bath helps a lot. When I was in boots recently picking up some pain killers I noticed some Cura-heat back and shoulder heat packs and I thought that they may help ease any aches and pains when they occurred. A pack of three heat packs cost £3.89.

            The box in which the heat packs come in is a bright orange and yellow and tells us that the non medicinal heat pads offer 12 hours relief. The fact that this product is non medicinal was certainly a bonus for me as I am very conscious that at times I can be taking a lot of pain killer and this is not something that I particularly want to do!

            When you open the box you will find three individually wrapped heat pads. The packs measure 12cm by 16cm but the actual heat pads inside are a few centimetres smaller.

            To open the heat pad you need to just tear open the pack using the "open here" small slit which is provided. When you do this you can remove the heat pad from the pack. Once you have removed the paper backing from the heat pad you can stick it on. Now the pack says adhere the heat pad to underwear or clothing over the painful area but I have always applied the heat pads directly to my back and have never had any problems in doing this.....Perhaps I should have read the instructions BEFORE writing a review though!

            As the heat pads are air activated you should not open the pack until you are ready to use them. The heat pads begin to heat up quite quickly in my experience and reach maximum temperature within around twenty minutes.

            Reading the warnings on the pack it seems I have quite literally done everything wrong with regard to this product as I have applied the pads directly to my skin and have also applied the pads before I go to sleep! The packaging warns against this saying that the pads can cause burns, even at low temperatures, if misused. Whilst I have been lucky in this not occurring it is certainly something to be aware of! The warnings also inform us that children should not use these products and that if you are pregnant it is best to seek the advice of a doctor before use.

            In my experience of using these heat pads they really do offer some decent warmth and therefore helpful relief from my back pain. I do think that the pads could do with being perhaps double the size to help cover a larger area too.

            The pads don't seem to last twelve hours in my experience though. I have found that the pads seem to fall off after around four hours. Now of course I realise I have been applying them incorrectly but I would image they would be less adhesive on clothes that what they are on skin! When the pads do fall off though they are usually still warm!

            I have to say I would be quite wary of how effective these products could be applied over clothes-especially thick clothes such as jeans!

            In summary, despite me using this product incorrectly, I think I would use them again. I would use them for times when I couldn't use a hot water bottle-such as when I am at work. They are convenient to carry around in your bag as an alternative to medicinal pain relief remedies.

            Thank you for reading my review!

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              09.09.2010 08:43
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              REAL LET DOWN!!

              Last year I fell in the snow. Not only did it bruise my ego the incident also badly bruised the very base of my back. I was in agony for a good few weeks afterwards. Every little movement was agonising. I tried pain killers which took the edge off the discomfort. But I wanted something that would offer a soothing relief to this area.

              My hubby went out to the chemist in search of something that would provide some direct contact with the area. I don't like the icy cold sprays as I find they take my breath away, so he was instructed to go for a heat based product. After consulting the pharmacist hubby returned with cura heat back pain heat pads. I was quite optomistic that these would offer some degree of relief as the packaging looked very professionally endorsed.

              Inside the box there are four individually packed heat pads. Once the heat pads are opened from thier packaging and exposed to the air they are activated to start working. The heat pad itself, is quite padded although they do not really cover a large enough diameter. They rae quite thin in width. I was impressed to see sticky backing on the reverse side of the pad as this should help to hold the pad in place.

              I was particularly impressed with the amount of heat that this pad produced. Although I initially found it somewhat soothing, after a short while I could hardly sense the heat at all. This coupled with the fact that the sticky backing was rather useless. Every time I moved the pad would move which left me in more pain trying to put it back in place!

              These pads are not cheap. At over £7 for a pack of four you would expect them to be much more effective. I was very disappointed with the quality and effectiveness of these pads. I am sure that a hot water bottle would have been better at providing heat relief.

              I would never buy these heat pads again. I thought that they were very inadequate in providing heat relief to soothe my discomfort. They look really excellent, but in reality they are all talk and no trousers!!

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              Worth a try if you don't like Deep Heat

              I have severe back pain at the best of times and if I have to go anywhere I either dose up on painkillers to get through it or have to suffer. On a couple of occasions I've resorted to using these Cura-Heat heat packs for a spot of temporary help.

              Cura-Heat heat packs are air activated which means as soon as you open the packet and remove the backing paper they start to get warm. They are about 5 inches long by 4 inches wide so not alot of area is covered by them which means you have to decide on placement quite sensibly. For me this means on the lower back area right in the centre. You can also use these on shoulders, the thoracic spine or even on your legs if you really wanted to.

              Each heat pack is wrapped individually with the warnings of not to cut them open (you might cut the pack), not to use directly on the skin, not to use them if you have bruising or swelling (ice is more appropriate in that circumstance) and if you have poor circulation, rheumatoid arthritis or are pregnant ask your doctor first. If you have diabetes you shouldn't use these at all. These packs should not be used on children, while sleeping, by anyone who can't remove the pack themselves should they need to, in conjunction with lotions or ointments or on delicate fabrics. So a whole list of warnings for something that seems like a more natural way to get pain relief!

              The way these packs work is by using heat to relax the muscles and improve circulation to the area. Relaxing tight painful muscles does help with pain so they seem like a fine idea.

              Each pack contains 3 single use patches and when I purchased mine they were about £10 but they seem to have gone down in price recently and you can expect to pay about £6.99 for a pack of 3. I still think that's pretty expensive to be honest and I'm usually tempted more by a tube of Deep Heat which obviously lasts longer but does smell.

              So you open the packet by using the little nick in the packaging they helpfully provide and then peel the backing off the adhesive side before applying the pack to clothing. The adhesive side sits closest to your body so if like me you are aiming to hit your lower back you will need either Bridget Jones knickers or trousers that are thin enough material for the heat to seep through. If you plan on going out with a patch on you will need to cover it up as they are white and obvious.

              The patch should heat up within 30 minutes but I find they take closer to an hour to get to full heat. The claim is these provide 12 hours of warming relief but to be honest I find that claim is highly exaggerated. I find I get about 4 hours of decent heat followed by the patch cooling off rapidly and becoming useless soon after. So don't expect 12 hours of constant heat.

              As for soothing, yes they are for those 4 hours and they do help relax spasmed muscles and give you a bit of a break from the pain these muscles can cause. However I don't really think they're worth the price they charge for a pack of 3 especially since the relief is short lived.

              Overall these are a non-medicinal way of easing sore muscles that work to some extent but nowhere near long enough to be much use to me. Having said that though I suffer from Hypermobility Syndrome and Fibromyalgia so I'm a bit of an extreme case for such a humble patch. For a more "normal" muscle ache these probably work better so I'm giving them 3 stars. I still think they cost too much though for 3 single use patches!

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                12.04.2010 14:59
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                A comforting adjunct to medication to help with back pain but does not cure it on it's own

                I often get pain in my upper back, around my shoulder area and do not always like taking painkillers for it. I had seen quite a lot of things offering heat treatment and decided to try curaheat pads for back and shoulder pain.

                The packaging stood out as it was bright orange, and it also seemed a better price than other heat pads. It offered four pads for the price of three.

                When I read the instructions I thought it was quite strange that the heat pad is applied on the clothing or underwear, rather than next to the skin. The pads are a good size and the adhesive sticks well.

                I thought that the pad didn't seem to get that hot although you could feel that there was a nice temperature emitted and it did seem to help give comfort to the site of pain although not cure it completely. I think I would have preferred it if it was stuck straight on to my skin, although I am not sure whether that was psychological or not. It does advise you not to lean or lie on it but I found that when I leaned against it, the heat was more obvious. The heat did last for the 12 hours that it claims to.

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                  28.01.2010 09:26
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                  Good but I prefer ThermaCare

                  I am one of those people blessed with a dodgy back. I can lift heavy weights, do gardening, housework etc. with no problems at all, but just occasionally I do something simple and off it goes! The other day I just bent down to pick something up and felt the familiar sensation - almost as though something snaps at the base of my spine. Once I did it by reaching into a drawer to lift out a calendar, once (on holiday) I just stood up after breakfast - as I say it is the simplest of things that sets it off. The worst of it is that being such simple things I never know when it is going to happen so I can't do anything to avoid it.

                  Sometimes the pain is bad but I can manage to live my life relatively normally but sometimes I am in agony and can barely move. I have even been known to have to crawl around the floor on all fours because I can't get up to a standing position. No funny comments please - trust me it is not amusing! It can last for anything from a couple of days to a week or more.

                  To help manage the pain I have used plug in heat pads and hot water bottles in the past but of course that does mean that I have to stay in one place the whole time and that isn't necessarily the best thing to do, especially when the pain is getting to the manageable stage.

                  Now that I have discovered the merits of heat pads that you wear I usually use ThermaCare Pain Relieving Heatwraps and have already written a review about these if you are interested. When I went into Boots to buy some more I found that they had sold out BUT they did have a display of a product called Cura-Heat so I decided to try these instead.

                  There was a choice of pads for neck pain, IBS pain, arthritis pain, period pain and back pain and there was even back pain max size.

                  I clearly needed to investigate this.

                  The writing on the box of the Cura Heat Back Pain Max Size stated that this product would give me 12 hour relief from severe back pain so I decided to try this one.

                  There were two pads in a pack and the pack cost £4.99 although there was an offer on where I could buy one pack and get a second at half price so I purchased two packs. As it happened I had a voucher in my purse for £2.50 off health products if I spent £10 and I needed a new pack of Ibuprofen so I was able to use my voucher as well!

                  The pack containing the pads is bright orange with the name of the product and the type of pain that it will help clearly written on the front of the box. The back of the box has instructions for use together with various warnings which I will come back to later.

                  I opened the box to try one of the pads and was initially surprised as I expected the pads to be set into something which would wrap around me like the ThermaCare ones, but these are just simply pads. There are more instructions for use on each of the pouches so I began to read to find out exactly how to use these pads.

                  I was to put the pad onto my clothing NOT directly onto my skin and the heat would then permeate through to my skin. It also said that an air should be allowed to circulate over the heat pad and that it should not come under pressure - for example if you were to sit or lie on the area where the heat pad was working. At this point I was beginning to regret buying the pads as they didn't sound as though they were going to be much good at all. How would I wear the pack near to my back and still allow circulation of air across it?

                  I decided to use a little common sense and see what happened. I peeled off the backing to expose the adhesive and I put the pad on the outside of my knickers (yes I was wearing big knickers for the purpose of the trial!) and was impressed to find that the adhesive was very strong and the pad stayed in place. I then put my trousers on as normal and hoped for the best.

                  The pads are self heating and air activated which means that they begin to warm up as soon as they are removed from the pouch and should reach their optimum temperature within 30 minutes. They are light and slim so are easy and discreet to wear.

                  I found the pads easy enough to wear and the adhesive lasted all day without any problems although I did find that I had to be careful when I went to the toilet and had to make sure that I made sure that I didn't dislodge the pad when moving my clothing.

                  I found the heat of these wraps just right. It was warm enough to help to ease the pain but not so warm that it felt uncomfortable. The fact that I was wearing it in such a way as to not have any circulation of air across the pad did not seem to cause any problems and the heat lasted all day. In fact the pad was still very warm when I removed it 12 hours after I had first applied it.

                  I did find that the pad helped with the pain management although the pain did not disappear altogether. It also felt quite comforting and helped to relax the spasms in my back. Whilst I was happy with the pad and found relief from wearing it for my own preference I would rather have the ThermaCare ones that wrap around the body as I found that these feel more comforting.

                  There are certain warnings about the product that you need to be aware of before you use it. Being a heated product it could cause burning or skin irritation and you are advised not to use it on broken skin.

                  This product should not be used with any creams, ointments, plasters or any other heating products. It should not be used by people who have any kind of sensory impairment and cannot feel the heat or remove the product themselves if they need to. If you are in any doubt you are advised to consult your doctor before you use the product.

                  So would I recommend the pads? Yes I would. Clearly they have to be treated with care and used sensibly but I found them helpful and, as I said earlier, comforting too.

                  In conclusion I shall be giving the pads four stars as I found them to be really helpful in managing the pain of my back but I would prefer the extra comfort of ThermaCare - however I appreciate that this is purely a matter of preference.

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                • Product Details

                  Cura-Heat provides targeted, temporary 12 hour warming relief from the minor muscular and joint aches and pains.Just open the sachet and apply to clothing/underwear where the heat radiates through to the source of pain / increasing circulation, decreasing stiffness and relaxing sore muscles / Fragrance free, non-medicinal and with a thin discreet design, they are ideal to use anywhere.