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      29.11.2013 02:48
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      Will be purchasing again!

      Unfortunately being a female comes with some very unpleasant pains once a month - the dreaded menstrual cramps, or as they're more commonly known - period pains. I've always suffered quite badly with mine and I genuinely do dread it every month. I try my best to tackle this by taking pain killers such as paracetamol, ibuprofen or nurofen. I combine this with placing a hot water bottle on my stomach when I can for comfort and to ease the pain. As my mom has always been aware of how much I struggle at that 'time of the month' I was very grateful when she kindly bought me a pack of these self adhesive heat pads to try out. I was eager to give them a go as in my eyes, every little helps!

      The pads come in packs of two and are individually packaged inside the box. They are 10cm x 13cm in size and can reach a heat of up to 57 degrees Celsius. Once unwrapped the single use pads are simply be applied to the clothing and should stick on easily. These are NOT to be applied directly onto the skin. The heat pads claim to help relieve aches and pains by radiating through the source of pain, resulting in an increase in circulation, decrease in stiffness and relaxation of sore muscles.

      The pads are fragrance free and non medicinal, containing: iron powder, water, salt, activated charcoal, and vermiculite. Listed on the packaging are a series of important notes and precautions. These should not be used on babies, children or while sleeping and excercising.

      I apply these to the lower abdomen and the thing I love about them is that they can be used whenever and wherever you want, which is something I definitely can't do with a hot water bottle. These can be used whether I'm at home, at work or just out and about. They are also quite thin so can be discreetly hidden without anyone noticing I'm wearing one. They warm up within minutes of application which is a great feature. They claim to last 8 hours but I wouldn't say this is accurate and I tend to leave mine on for around five hours. Not only because they lose heat but they tend to lose a bit of their stickiness to which can be a nuisance when on the go. Whenever I wear these I always make sure I'm not wearing baggy or lose clothing because the pads would barely touch the skin.

      In regards to how well they work, of course they don't get rid of the pain but they really do provide me with comfort and help relax the pain. I have also used these on my lower back and found they do help in relieving aches.

      I'm not sure where my mom purchased these from but I believe they are available in most good supermarkets and chemists and can also be bought on Amazon for £1.79 with free shipping. I would recommend these to anyone who suffers with bad menstrual cramps like me as they're a great alternative to a hot water bottle and much more convenient. I've knocked a star off the rating as I don't believe they last as long as they claim to and I also think it would be better if there were more pads in a pack, that way I wouldn't have to buy several.

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        28.11.2010 13:08
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        A great buy!

        I suffer with terrible stomach cramps and back ache at the time of the month. Of course I take all sorts of tablets and medications to try help the situation but always find that paracetamol and a hot water work well together for me personally.

        Instead of having to make hot water bottles up these (by the looks of them) looked a great alternative idea to me and at a pound for a box of two of them (instead of usually costing a couple of quid a box) I actually picked up a couple of boxes of these 'Feminine' Heat Pads in Asda thinking I'd grabbed myself a bit of a bargain!

        The Packaging:

        The heat pads come in a hanging light blue coloured box with a photograph of a woman wearing one of the heat pads over her underwear and we are told that they are Masterplast Self Adhesive Heat Pads, Feminine 'Ideal for period pains, stomach cramps and back pains' and that they last for up to 8 hours, work instantly and that they are comfortable and discreet and that there are 2 pads in a box and that they measure 10 x 13cm. On the back of the box other information given includes being told a bit about the product and warnings are listed, the best before date is clearly stated and contact details for Masterplast are given. Inside the box you get a pamphlet and on that you are told how to use the patches and again warnings are listed etc (much the same information as given on the box). Each pad comes in a white plastic covering that tears off easily and on that the same information is listed as on the box basically.

        The Pads:

        The pads are quite large with paper backing on them that pulls off with total ease. The pads are light and soft and within the white paper covering you can see like a dark mixture of bits. The ingredients used within the patches are iron powder, water, salt, activated charcoal and vermiculite.

        You have to put these over fabrics and not directly onto the skin and these can be used in a variety of places not just on the back and stomach for the relief of period like pains but also for arthritis, strains, bruises and sprains and things like that.

        They are easy to apply and stick really well onto fabric then within a couple of minutes it starts to get warm, doesn't release any fragance and then after a few minutes the pad gets warm to the touch and reaches its maximum temperature, which is quite hot but not uncomfortably so. These patches once applied I have found to stay consistently hot for about 10 hours and on the box it only says only 8!

        The only problem with these patches that I have found is that after they have been in use over an hour that they go a bit hard and stiff, on the back area that is a little uncomfortable however on the whole I think these are fantastic and I can cope with that!

        You can't wear them when sleeping but only when your awake and they really are a good, natural heat therapy treatment and of course stops you having to fill hot water bottles or heating wheat warmers and you can still take whatever medication you want/need to and are they discreet to wear in the daytime if you want to.

        I find that they really do aid relief to stomach cramps, however I have found these most useful with back pain and not just at time at the month but anytime I want to use them and they are simple and straightforward to use.

        Not too hot, but certainly warm enough these are a great quality item that warms up joints too and I can't see why only women should buy these....anyone can and I will certainly purchase more in the future!

        Available in all good chemists and supermarkets etc.

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          04.09.2010 14:30
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          A very useful heat pad product

          Masterplast Heat Pads can be bought in either the general heat pad variety or the feminine variety. The pads both work in a similar way and so offer the same benefits in kind. The type in this review are the latter ones which are shaped like a sleep time eye shield/ mask, crossed with a small wing free panty liner, only slimmer and a little heavier.

          The Masterplast Heat Pads feminine variety are something that having seen reviewed here, I thought may be of use to me and I am happy to say they do work rather well. Just a shame I cannot recall who wrote the helpful review, but thanks for doing so, as I would never have tried the product otherwise.

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          Ok so the Masterplast Heat Pads 'feminine' come as a set of pads that work via an air activated reaction to the powder type stuff enclosed in the pad. The pads do feel a bit squidgey and you can tell they have that type of filling to them. They heat up within a short time of being opened and the heating time of each pad can last for a good number of hours, up to 8 is what the blurb says and I can agree they do last ages.

          They must not be opened till you are ready to apply them to the effected area, in this case either the tummy or lower back has worked best for me. All you do is remove the protective backing from the pad once its out of its sealed pack and stick the pad ON TOP of your underwear, vest top or similar bit of clothing.

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          Never try to stick one of these directly to the skin, as they really do heat up and you could be at risk of over heating and burning to the area next to the pad. Once attached to your clothing and placed in the area you feel needs the warming sensation, you can dress in your usual clothing and the pad will do the rest.

          The feeling of the heated pad is something which does seem a little odd at first. But you soon become used to it and then begin to feel the benefits of it. I would say the pads work at least as well as a nice warm hot water bottle in terms of the heat they give off. They are also so slim and compact that they are barely noticeable when you have applied one, so they are nice and discreet. The soothing heating action is very good and does improve things for me.

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          To sum up the Masterplast feminine heat pads I would say they do work really well. They are reasonably priced too, at around £1.49 to £1.99 per pack and they really do soothe and relax when in use. They also last for many hours once activated.

          They are a little bit weighty due to their powdery contents (weigh more than a standard panty liner of the same size) but not so much as to cause irritation. They do last for a good few hours and only begin to work when they are out of their individual pack, which means you can store the rest in the pack for future usage.

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          I feel they work so well and are so simple to fit that they ought to get a full 5 star rating. They are very useful and do take the edge off of tummy cramps, but could also be used for muscle strains and similar things if wanted, as they work on the same principle as the general heat pads do.

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            25.08.2010 20:29
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            A must have for people with muscle problems

            Everyone goes through a period of time when they do something which may put strain on their body. Sometimes you can just have a little rest and in time it will slowly go away or you could try and speed up the process. These heatpads are designed to ease the pain on your body and are a very good idea.

            Price

            These pads are a couple of quid to buy and in the pack you will get 2 seperate pads. I would recommend when buying them get maybe a couple of packs because only having 2 pads may not be enough and you might aswell have them in. With them being designed to heal your body quicker the price isn't a big deal.

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            As stated above the pads come in 2 seperate packets for hygiene reasons. You just simply use one and put it on the place you are feeling the pain. When you apply them you will feel that your body gets a quick sensation of heat running through it. On the box it says this feeling is expected because the pads are designed to increase the circulation of your blood. Even though on the packet it says that the pads should last for around 8hours I would say they actually last maybe 3 which isn't bad at all.

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            After applying one of these to the lower region of my back after feeling the inital temperature rise it tends to relax your muscles a bit. I laid down whilst it was on so I could fully relax my body to make it as comfortable as possible. For people who have had any type of muscle pains I would recommend these because even though they don't last as long as stated they will without doubt improve how you feel for long enough.

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            22.08.2010 14:48
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            When we moved home, I was helping to lift boxes. My husband told me not to lift heavy boxes and stick to the lighter boxes. I am stubborn and do not listen as I was on the thought process of "I am strong enough to lift the heavy boxes. I am not a weak girl". In the process of my stubborness, I pulled my back and was in agony!

            My agony lasted a couple of days and my Mum popped round to me with a pack of the Masterplast Heat Pads for me to try. She said she had them in the cupboard and thought they might help me. I was in pain and would try anything so grabbed them off of her and quickly read how to use them!

            The Masterplast Heat Pads come in packs of two in a little cardboard pack which is purple. The two pads are individually wrapped which I assume is for hygenic purposes. To use the pads you only need one at a time and it is a case of unwrapping them and sticking the pad on top off your clothing where the affected area is. The pads are self adhesive. I must admit, I found it strange that these pads went on top of clothing rather than directly on to the skin. I was also worried about the effect such stickiness would have on my clothes. I was wearing old PJ's at the time so it didn't really matter if the adhesive marked them. I would suggest making sure you are wearing an old item of clothing which you are not particularly fussed about as it did leave a little sticky residue on removal. Not much but enough. Please note you cannot use these directly on the skin.

            I found that the pad started heating up almost immediately and I could feel the muscle pain in my back being beaten with heat. It gave me a lovely cosy and warm feeling. According to the back of the packet, the heat from the pads causes your blood to circulate fasted and relieve pain. The heat from the pad did make me a little sleepy though!

            The pads did get very warm and I think they definately reached the 57 degrees which was stated on the back of the pack. It didn't last long though. About 2 hours which is a shame as it said it lasted for 8 on the packet but still 2 hours of no pain was better than none! You are advised not to use more than one in a 24 hours on the same area.

            My Mum said she paid £1 a pack for these from Amazon though she says they last the full 8 hours on her! I do think these a great value for money as the do work and do relieve pain.

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            13.08.2010 23:19
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            Great way of temporarily alleviating aches and pains! :)

            Everybody gets unwanted aches and pains from time to time, that's why I like to keep a constant supply of Masterplast heat pads to pinch the pain in the bud before it takes control and ruins my day.

            The product is ideal for not only aches and pains of muscles and joints but offers pain relief for backache, arthritis, strains, bruises, sprains or period pain also, and for up to 8 hours. A single pack costs just £1.00 from most local convenience stores and includes 2 pads which are individually wrapped and measure to about 10 by 13cm.

            To use, open the pack removing film from one patch. Place the 'sticky' side of one of the pads to a part of your clothing, depending on the source of pain (note: keep in mind to avoid any direct contact with your skin). When applying to the more awkward of areas, surgical tape can be used to hold the pad in position.

            A few minutes after first applying the heat from the patch will begin to radiate through the source of pain - increasing circulation, decreasing stiffness and relaxing sore muscles by reaching temperatures of up to 57 degrees - that's hot! :) The product contains no fragrances, is non-medicinal and thanks to its perfectly discreet design you can take full advantage of the heat pads to warm you up whenever and wherever you may be.

            You must store the pads in a cool, dry place, use only one patch on the same area in a 24 hour period and do not attempt to reheat the product in a microwave unless you'd like to lose your eyebrows :) Highly recommended purchase!

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              13.08.2010 09:24
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              Fantastic little heat patches

              Anyone who suffers from back pain will know just how painful it can be. I was given a horrible old chair at work, that didn't support my back at all. In addition it was at the wrong height, and unable to be adjusted as the height adjusting lever had snapped off! I requested a new chair, only to be told they were considering giving the place a revamp and didn't want to waste funds buying old style furniture, so despite my best efforts I was stuck with this awful chair.

              Surprise surprise I got back ache. This got really bad, to the point where even lying down was really painful. My doctor gave me some painkillers, ordered my work to get me a better chair, and suggested I try a hot water bottle or heat patch on my back. I love my hot water bottle, but it's not really suitable for using at work, and certainly not for my daily commute, so I investigated the heat patch option.

              My initial reaction was to weep at the price. Most brands such as Cura Heat or Neurofen were priced at £4.99 or £3.99 for just two single-use patches. However I was desperate and thought they had to be worth a try. While I loved the relief they gave me, I wasn't in a position to be able to buy these on a regular basis.

              Luckily for me, my work decided to follow doctors orders and actually find me a better chair, so thankfully that back pain is gone. However I do get horrendous lower back pain during my time of the month. Sometimes I am literally in agony and unable to sleep or concentrate on anything other than the pain. So I decided to see if these heat patches did anything for the period pain. I am so glad I did as they are an absolute godsend. They are so soothing and are the only thing that takes the edge off the pain. My usual brand Cura Heat are just so expensive though that I can't always afford them, so I was absolutely thrilled to discover these little beauties in my local 99p shop!

              These Masterplast heat pads come in a pack of two single-use heat patches for, yes you guessed it, the grand sum of 99p. I was dubious as to whether they would be as effective as the Cura Heat, but at that price they were definitely worth a try.

              The patches come individually wrapped, and are activated as soon as you tear open the packet. I would suggest tearing open the packet rather than using scissors, just in case you accidentally cut through the patch itself and find scary chemicals start pouring out.

              To use them, you simply stick them onto your clothing. Don't stick them directly onto your skin as you may get burnt- these babies do get really hot, to 57 degrees according to the packaging- so it really is important to stick them onto clothing and not your skin. I usually stick mine to a vest top, and then put a normal top on top, so it sits near to my skin. If you apply it to a baggy item of clothing then the patch won't be as close to your skin, so you won't feel the benefits as much as you would from a tighter vest top or t-shirt. I apply mine to my lower back, but if you get stomach cramps then you can also apply it to the tummy area.

              The other warning is not to use these when sleeping, as you shouldn't apply any direct pressure to the patch. Even if you fall asleep on your tummy, you could roll over in your sleep onto your back, so as tempting as it is to use these at night, a hot water bottle will have to do instead.

              The patches are self adhesive, and I found they stuck on well to my top. They didn't come unstuck at any point throughout the day, and they didn't leave my top bobbly when I removed it, nor did the glue leave any sticky residue.

              I found that the patches were a little smaller than the ones I was used to. These measure approximately 10cm by 13cm, but this is more than sufficient to tackle my lower back pain. They seemed to take slightly longer to warm up, and the heat didn't last quite as long- roughly six hours, rather than the 8-10 hours from a Cura Heat patch. However for the price it would be much cheaper to use 2 Masterplast patches consecutively rather than just the 1 Cura Heat patch!

              These patches provide a huge amount of relief and really do make the pain more bearable. They allow me to get on with my day instead of only being able to think of the back pain. They are better in the winter than in the summer, purely because on a boiling hot day it can get a little sweltering having a heat patch on, but with this quirky British weather that doesn't seem to happen too often! At 99p for a pack of 2 patches, this is fantastic value for money, and I will definitely be stocking up. I thoroughly recommend them.

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                01.08.2010 18:15
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                A great product, particuarly for those with sporting injuries

                I was a little sceptical about using the Masterplast heat pads to begin with, as although I do not doubt the effectiveness of heat pads in general, this product differs in that the pads are not applied directly to the skin. Often sustaining muscle and joint pains from running however, I was keen to test the pads to see whether my feeling was correct or not.

                Masterplast Heat Pads are sold in packs of two. Each pad is individually wrapped, and measures 10cm x 13cm. To use you simply unwrap the pad and place it on clothing that covers the area of your body you wish it to treat. The pads are self adhesive, so stick to your clothing without trouble. They are not so sticky that they will damage your clothing on removal however. When I first used one of the pads I was concerned this may be the case, so placed it on an old t shirt. I needn't have concerned myself however.

                Heat begins radiating from the pad almost instantly, and the effect is pleasant and relaxing. Circulation is increased around the area the pad comes into contact with, and this helps alleviate aching and stiffness in the joints especially. The pads do have a tendency to become very warm - up to a temperature of 57º, surprisingly. The pads purport to work for up to eight hours, but I have discovered that they do not retain this level of heat intensity for so long. I find them to be effective for a maximum of about 5 - 6 hours.

                Masterplast Heat Pads are available from the following sources:

                £1.00 from shop4allsorts.co.uk
                £1.00 from everydayessentials2009.com
                From 50p, amazon.co.uk

                I enjoy using the pads whenever I sustain any sporting injuries. They are effective in alleviating aches up to a degree, but they do not, of course, cure your ailment altogether. The pads can only be used once, however since it costs a mere £1.00 for two, this is no big drawback. I would not hesitate to recommend this product, although given the heat intensity of the pads they may not be suitable for children or those with sensitive skin.

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                My gym started to offer yoga classes a while ago - having practised yoga for a few years I could not wait to sign up and try it again. Yoga does make you feel really good and gives you a great body feeling - however the first few sessions are usually a torture and I could not wait to collapse on the couch complaining about my lower back. My lower back was always my weakest point and would hurt after a day of gardening, hiking trips or even after a whole night dancing in a club. Masterplast Heat Pads are the perfect solution to relief me from this kind of pain; a pain too weak to justify painkiller.


                ---- What is it ----

                The Masterplast Heat Pads cost me around 1 pound 50 for a pack that includes 2 individually wrapped pads. These pads don't look like much and were rather small - very small compared to my beloved warm water bottle. They are oblong and measure 10 x 13 cm each. As I said they do look small but a perfect to use on a concentrated area of pain.


                ---- My experience ----

                The Heat Pads get surprisingly hot, I think it is up to 55 degrees which means that it is very important that you do not wear it directly on your skin. I was a bit apprehensive to put them on my normal clothes so I tried it first with an old "spring cleaning" shirt. After this first test to see if the pad would leave any residues on my t-shirt I started wearing them on my normal clothes.

                The heat is quite intense and manages almost instantly to calm me down and to relief the pain. My lower back stops aching even after the most strenuous activities. However, there are other types of pain that ask for some more conventional type of pain relief; period pains for example. The heat pad does make me feel better but to really get rid of it I need paracetamol.

                The main advantage is that you can wear it while you are out and about; it is very discreet and gives you back a bit of freedom. The pack states that the pads stay hot for up to 8 hours and although they do stay warm for that long the intense heat ceases after about 4 hours making the rest of the time rather ineffective. Still 4 hours should be enough for anyone and if you are still in pain it might be a sign that you do need some medicine for more persistent pains.

                The pad did not cause any skin irritations and was never too hot or burned me skin - this is when worn on clothing rather than on your skin of course. Please stick to the instructions and do not stick it to naked skin.


                ---- Would I buy them again ----

                Having just recently extended my gym membership and signed up for Body Balance classes I will definitely buy Masterplast Heat Pads again - although it will be more of an occasional treat than a regular occurrence. I think it is less that they actually cure the pain as painkiller would do but more the very nice comfy feeling they provide. It is incredibly relaxing especially after a very demanding yoga session - my lower back absolutely loves these pads. However they should never be confused with regular painkiller, there are just pains that go away in no time with the help of some aspirin or paracetamol. Period pains was for me the thing that needed extra support; the heat pads were quite nice however I could not do it without normal painkiller as well.

                All in all it is a great addition to fight your pains but I use it more for comfort reasons after the gym or a day of gardening work.

                My lower back loves these so I really cant recommend them high enough if you suffer from these kind of pains.

                Thank you for reading and rating my review.

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                  22.07.2010 17:36
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                  They do a good job

                  I have always used these heat pads and have found them to work very well.

                  They come in a box with 2 disposable, individually wrapped pads and are priced from £1 upwards. The pads are very small and discreet, they only measure 10 x 13 cm.

                  The idea of these pads is to use them whenever you have aches or pains. The pads are self heating and work by sending heat through to the source of the pain upon which it will relive and soothe sore muscles.
                  The heat will concentrate on the pain and will relax it.

                  The pads can heat upto 57 degrees and last for upto 8 hours. They must be applied on top of clothing, never directly onto skin and start to work instantly.

                  I have always used these pads to relieve period pain and my husband uses them sometimes after the gym. You can feel the heat coming through the pads within minutes of applying it and after a while the pain does seem to become lessened.

                  I have not found that the pads last for 8 hours, despite what the box says! The heat is obviously stronger in the first few hours and then it slowly loses its effectiveness after about 5 hours. This is similar to tablets though and I would much rather use these first and if the pain hasn't lessened then I would resort to tablets.

                  They are easy to apply, just pull off the adhesive backing and apply to the affected area. The pads are almost transparent with a white tinge and they stick very well. They come off the clothes easily and leave no residue behind. They are fragrance free and are quite discreet.

                  They are also good for backache, arthritis, bruises and swollen joints. I know that my father used to use heat pads to put inside his boots when he was on exercise in the army- he said they worked a treat!

                  These heat pads are not a replacement for pain relief tablets but can be used as a good alternative. It is similar to deep heat but without the smell.

                  I would recommend these to anyone who wants to try an alternative method of pain relief.

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                    These Self Adhesive Heat Pads - Feminine, are designed to provide comfort and ease the pain suffered by the individual, which makes it ideal for period pain, stomach cramps and back pain. They can also be used to relieve minor aches and pains in muscles and joint, arthritis, strains, bruises and sprains. It works by allowing the heat to radiate through to the source of pain by increasing circulation, decreasing stiffness and relaxing the area it's aimed at. Its fragrance free and is a non- medicinal product. It's designed to be applied to clothing or underwear but should not be applied directly to the skin. It designed in a way that it's discreet to wear and allows you to function as normal. It aim is to provide relief for up to 8 hours.

                    I purchased this product from The Body Care shop, I have not seen this in other shops but it is on sale on Amazon for 50p but postage and packaging is steep for £4.00. I purchased mine for just 99p. For that 99p I got 2 single use heat pads in the pack and its part of the Masterplast range. Its packaging is just a blue box with a female body in underwear with a heat pad stuck to the abdomen and heat radiating from it. It has to be stored in cool place and needs to avoid sunlight.

                    Each heat pad is 10 cm x 13 cm and is packaged in a plastic sealed packet which you need to cut with scissors to open. The heat pad has an adhesive surface which you peel off to apply to clothing, whereas the other side is like a cotton surface. inside the heat pad there is a sort of powder, as when you shake it you can hear it moves around. Shaking the heat pad activates the contents which react with air to produce heat. The contents include: iron powder, water, salt, activated charcoal, vermiculite.

                    It does fit firmly on to clothing, so no need to worry about it falling off. The cotton type surface facing the skin is comfortable and does not irritate the skin. The powder inside the product ends up falling to the bottom but it's not really a problem since the heat radiates from that point outwards soothing your pain. It just takes a few minutes for it to start heating up and it does feel hot against the skin. Good job it's not in direct contact with skin else it would burn. It does sort of last 8 hours but during this time it may not be in so much contact with your skin as it depends on your clothing and how you have positioned it. It does help but I do find myself pressing the pad against my abdominal at time as my knickers start to get weight down by the pad.

                    A few warnings:
                    - Avoid burns- never apply directly to skin.
                    - Don't use while sleeping, near a heat source of while exercising
                    - Stop use if skin irritated.
                    - Don't use it on a person who can't remove the pad themselves.
                    - Don't use it in conjunction with other creams, lotions, rubs applied to skin.
                    - Consult doctor first if you have rheumatoid arthritis, poor circulation, never damage, sensory impairment, a skin condition, are diabetic or pregnant.
                    - Don't use after expiry date

                    Overall it's not bad pain relief for 99p, at least it's discreet and does not wear off like heat lotion. I think most heat pads cost around £4 which I think is an expensive way to provide relief.

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