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I have had back pain for most of my life and I am 56. I have used Nurofen Back Pain Heat Patches quite a few times now - but only when my usual [and slightly cheaper] make aren't available. I like that the Nurofen Plasters have a sort of groove through the middle which means it 'moves with the skin/body' but ... and it's a big but ... they don't stick well. I invariably end up using extra tape to keep them in place. I have complained direct to the company a couple of times - and have been told each time that they are 'developing better adhesive'. It still hasn't happened yet - which is a shame as the heat works very well and really does sooth my stiff shoulders or back. They have been really useful too on very cold days stopping me from stiffening even further.
I can't understand why Nurofen cannot make them stick better. Right from the moment I put them on my skin, I can feel that they are barely stuck.
I have never suffered from a bad back or in fact any back pain at all, that is until i (stupidly) lifted a heavy crate at work without bending down properly :( I immediatley took some parecetamol and hoped that would ease the sharp pain in my lower back and i admit for a little while it did. But that soon wore off and halfway through my shift i had unbearable pain whenever i attempted to move.
When i got home my mom reccomended one of these patches which we already had in the medicine cupboard. I was a little pessimistic as to how something non medicinal would work BUT it did!!
The patch heated up very quickly and remained at that temperature for a good 7 hours or so, within about 10 minutes my back felt less tense and the pain had definitley subsided quite alot.
I have since worn the patch under my clothes during the day and they are barely noticeable (unless you have extremley tight clothing), there comfortable and it was easy to move around at work whilst wearing it, i honestly dont know how i could have made it through the shift without it.
I have also since tried a cheaper brand of heat patches but quite frankly i wouldnt bother as none of them lasted as long or heated up as much as Nurofen and this is the only brand i have used that actually seem to work so it is worth paying the extra.
Neurofen Back Pain Heat Patches are available from most supermarkets and chemists such as Boots or Superdrug for around £3.50 for 2 single use heat patches.
*How It Works*
The packet states that the patch contains minerals that heat up when exposed to the air. The heat then helps to increase blood flow to the area of pain and relaxes tight and sore muscles to relieve the back pain.
Suitable for adults over the age of 2. Do not use for more than 8 hours or apply pressure to the patch. If it causes irritable skin or begins to really burn then remove immediatley. If pain is really intense then the patch can be used with oral medication.
A few years ago i pulled a muscle in my back, and for the first week i was in agony! I couldnt hardly move, or sit up straight and id tried ibrufen, anadin and paracetamol but none of these were working! I didnt really want to go to the doctor as i hate going! So i thought i would just try and let it heal at home with plenty of rest.
It was my mum that found these nurofen heat patches in boots for £3.50. You get two in a pack, and these can only be used once, and then you have to chuck them out. This seems quite expensive, but they are worth paying for. I have tried boots own brand too, but these did not work as well for me like these nurofen ones do. Boots own brands tend to go cold very quickly, and dont tend to heat up as hot either, it is just slightly warm, which doesnt realy provide any pain relief.
To use these heat patches, you just open one of the packets up and put the patch on your back where the pain is, the adhesive on one side is not too sticky that you cant get it off, but i dont think it is strong enough to stay on for as long as the pack says it lasts. They are supposed to last for 8 hours, but i felt like if i moved this would fall off, so i had to sit down to make sure it did not come off my back. Also it did not stay warm for the whole 8 hours it was supposed to, but to be honest i didnt want to use it for 8 hours, because it was making me so hot!
It would be great on a cold day to warm you up, but i was just getting too hot after an hour or so and had to take it off. The heat patches did make my back relax, and the pain was not as bad. But when i moved i still felt the pain, and after a few hours i was back in agony again so these only offer short term pain relief. Maybe if you do manage to leave it on the full 8 hours, you will be pain free for the 8 hours, but these were just not for me!
They were uncomfortable, as you were restricted how fast you could move incase it came off, and it makes you too hot! However i did buy a few more, just to wear for an hour before bed to help me sleep better with no pain.
The way these heat patches work is the natural minerals in them heat up when exposed to air, which is very clever! No need to heat these up yourself, they are ready to use straight from the pack.
My boyfriend used one of these on his neck when he had neck pain once, and they helped him too, but he too found he had to hold the patch on, the adhesive was not strong enough.
These can be used along with pain killers, as they do not have medication in. All they do is use heat therapy to relieve pain.
Overall, these do relax the muscle and help relieve muscle pain, but they need to be stickier so they dont fall off and they make you overheat!
Having had a bad back for the last 5 years I'm constantly on the look out for things to aid the bad dayws when it flares up.
Whilst good old deep heat tends to do the trick, the scent it emits clings to my clothes all day. I needed something reliable, discreet and non fragranced.
On my way to work I popped into boots to pick up some more pain killers when I saw these.
The patches react to air straight away so it's important to place them straight on the affected area - I've used these on my back, my shoulders, my neck and my stomach though they state they're for back pain they can be used anywhere that has pain, but you can't use them for longer than eight hours or on the same area for longer than eight hours a day. Also you can't lie in bed with them on, so I'm still searching for a nighttime pain cure!
I've found the stickness of the pads to vary from use to use, some of them stick fine throughout my working day which involves a lot of bending, twisting and lifting (which would probably explain the back pain!) whereas other days they constantly fall off and the annoyance of having to restick them far outweighs the benefits.
All in all I've found these to be the best patches I've tried and always carry a pack in my handbag incase it starts to flare up.
I twinged my back recently and found Nurofen back heat patches to be a great help. I used them for about three days and they did help to relieve the stiffness although they didn't take the pain away completely.
They state they are for back pain but I have also used them for pain at the base of the neck.
According to the pack they contain natural minerals that warm up when exposed to the air. The heat from the patch helps the muscles to relax by increasing blood flow and give soothing pain relief.
Unlike some other brands you stick the Nurofen patch straight onto your skin so it targets the exact point of pain.
After a few minutes The patch starts to warm up and stays warm for most of the day.
You get two gel patches in each box and you use them just once then throw them away. Don't try to warm them up again. They stick well to the skin and I haven't had any fall off yet. They are easy to peel off when you have finished and do not leave a sticky residue.
The good thing is that they are drug free so you can take pain relieving medicine at the same time if you need to. They don't smell and can't be detected under clothing.
You shouldn't use Nurofen Heat Patches if you have diabetes or skin conditions such as excema. Always read the direction on the pack before use.
I think they are a bit expensive at around £3.60 - £4 a packet but they do stay hot for the 8 hours they claim on the packet and do bring considerable comfort. It's a bit like having a hot water bottle strapped to your back!
Back pain is miserable so anything that helps to relieve it is worth paying out for.
I would use them again and have a pack in the first aid cupboard if any of my family get back pain.
The back of the pack states that these heat patches contain natural minerals that heat up when exposed to the air to: deliver deep muscle-relaxing heat, and give effective, soothing pain relief.
It is effective pain relief for back and muscle pain. 8 hour relief of pain & stiffness: backaches, muscle pain, neck or shoulder pain, without the need for medicines.
Discreet, slim and odourless, they can be worn under clothes wherever you are, on their own or with oral pain relief medicines.
You get two single-use patches, and the claim is that they gradually heat up and provide 8 hour relief.
Over the last week or so, I have been suffering from neck and back pain for which painkillers made very little difference. My mum came back with these, as I was having trouble moving freely. One patch has two gel-like patches on it, and once you peel the protective film off they are activated and so should be placed on your skin as soon as this is done. It is held in place by low-irritancy adhesive. I would suggest that once the patch has been placed on your skin, you do not move it as I didn't really notice any adhesive and when places on my neck didn't really feel like it was going to stay on. However, it does stay in place without to much effort, clothes will also help this. When first placed on your skin, it feels cold and their is not a dramatic increase in heat, but it really does warm up gradually, which is good as it does not shock the muscles but aids them to relax. It really does warm up very well, and ultimately is quite hot (but not too hot). The pack does state not to lie on the patch, or apply pressure during use, and I think this is because it would make it too hot.
I was very skeptical that it would last 8 hours, but it really does (if not longer). I ended up having to take it off because I got bored of the heat!
Most importantly, it really did take away the pain, in my case completely. It works like a hot water bottle would to relax the muscles (but is more convenient and lasts many more hours). Only thing is you need to be careful to then keep the area warm afterwards, as otherwise it can start to seize up again!!
All in all, a wonderful product!
Always read the label before use!
I get lower back pain very often, and at the moment it it is hurting a lot.
I work on a checkout at the weekend and 5.5 hours of sitting down does nothing for my back! I was nearly crying during one shift because of the pain, and so on my lunch break I went to look for anything that would help as the paracetamol just weren't working.
I spotted these Nurofen back patches and grabbed them as they seem like a trusted brand and I noticed the 8 on the front and thought 'great! 8 patches for £3.19, what a bargain!'. However, don't be fooled like me, you only get 2 single-use patches! The 8 refers to the 8 hour relief!
The back of the pack states that these heat patches 'contain natural minerals that heat up when exposed to the air to: deliver deep muscle-relaxing heat, and give effective, soothing pain relief.' It also says that it is 'effective pain relief for back and muscle pain. 8 hour relief of pain & stiffness: backaches, muscle pain, neck or shoulder pain, without the need for medicines.' They sounded perfect for me so I hoped they would live up to the claims!
There are 2 single-use patches in the pack, and to use you simply peel off the protective film and stick it where you need it! The patch is like 2 mini patches in one - this is to create a hinge and to make it move with your body easier. This worked really well and was a great idea as it was in direct contact with the curves of my back, rather than the middle not touching my back as with other patches without the hinge.
When I first used a patch I thought it wasn't working as I couldn't feel any heat. However, after about 10 mins I could feel the heat start to come through. It started off as a relaxing heat, then got quite hot! It feels as if you are holding a freshly made hot water bottle on your back. It is only uncomfortably hot if you press the patch by leaning back in a chair or something.
It definitely reduced my back pain from sharp pains, to a dull ache, which was a welcome improvement! I was very surprised by how long the heat lasted. The claim of 8 hours is true! I actually had to take it off because I was sick of the heat. I don't think wearing these patches in the summer would be very nice because of the heat. But they are slim and discreet so that is a bonus.
One thing I will say is NOT TO FIDDLE WITH IT once it's on. It very quickly loses it's adhesive and I had to hold mine in place with my tights because I kept moving it!
The pack states not to apply pressure to the patch during use (this includes lying in bed) but I did occasionally due to being sat in a chair, and the only effect I had was that it made the heat pad feel hotter. But obviously there might be other reasons not to apply pressure!
The pack also says to consult your doctor before using the patch if you:
- have poor circulation, diabetes or arthritis or any other serious medical condition
- get skin conditions like eczema or psoriasis, or have very sensitive skin
- are pregnant.
I have sensitive skin and it didn't effect my skin but it's something to be aware of.
Although I think they are quite expensive, working out at just over £1.50 per patch, they did give instant results from my back pain. They are going to be a permenant fixture in my medicine cabinet, ready for any periods where I have to sit down for a long time. Be sure to use them as well as paracetamol (if possible) as they work really well together and provide even more pain relief.
Pain relief without the medicine.
I recently stumbled upon a great pain relief product without the use of harsh medicines and chemicals. They are the new heat patches from Nurofen, especially designed for back pain.
Nurofen Back Pain can be described as a single use heat patch which soothes your pain by getting deep into the muscle with the relaxing heat. It says on the packet that they are for back pain but you can use them on any muscle pain really, especially in the neck or shoulder too.
They are very simple to use. They basically to me look like a sanitary pad but a bit bigger and not as thick. They have an adhesive on one side that enables them to stick to your back and stay in place. What's nice is that they do actually stay where you put them, meaning you can apply these right to the source of your pain and know that they will keep on giving pain relief. The adhesive is said to be low irritancy and I didn't have a problem with it once I had peeled it off my skin. The pad actually came away really neatly and left no mess either like bandages tend to do. They have a flexible hinged design apparently that allows them to move with your body. This I found to be true also. When I was wearing it I did not feel like I was ripping it or moving it by myself moving in anyway which was nice.
The pad warms up gradually and really does last for 8 hours. It has natural minerals in it that heat up when exposed to air, basically they activate when you open the sachet that they are stored in. I did find it quite amazing that all that time later it was still warm but it did definitely work. It says on the packet not to apply pressure on the pad once it is on the skin but I did press it a few times and found it warmed up a little bit more when I did that. It does feel a bit funny on your back at times, like you have a hot gel consistency on your back but the great thing is that it's odourless and discreet so you can wear it under clothes without anybody knowing you have it on.
According to the packet heat therapy helps treat the underlying cause of back and muscle pain in two ways:
1. By increasing blood flow to the area
2. By relaxing tight sore muscles.
According to doctors this helps you get active again and speeds up the recovery process. Now I only had a mild back pain, just a little niggle at the end of a long day but after wearing this I didn't have any more pain so it definitely worked for me. I think though if you have extreme back pain this probably won't do much good and may only alleviate the pain for a short while.
Two of these patches come in one pack and each pack is £3.21
I am a 28 year old, who has suffered from a bad back for a few years. I also am a firm believer that you should not use painkillers unless you really need to. I feel that the body builds up a kind of immunity to them, similar to anti-biotics (i have no scientific proof for this, and am not a doctor, so take this as you will.).
So with this in mind, i was delighted to come across these in my local chemist. It stated that it was an excellent form of relief from back and muscle pain, without the need for medication.
My limited amount of scientific knowledge allows me to understand the basics. Heat applied to the area for a long period of time, allows for the relaxation of the muscle tissue, which in turn eases the tension in the area. Also the heat increases the blood flow in the surrounding tissue, which naturally speeds up healing times.
The pack -
sliver with the typical nurofen circle. Covered with the information that you will need to use the patch, and also the usual bumph as to the effectiveness and what-not. No packaging is ever going to tell you that their product is pants. So the only way to really know what it is like is to either try it, or to read a nice review like this one. Dont expect the usual leaflet inside to explain all the scientific junk, as all you need is right there on the box.
How does it work? -
prolonged application of heat helps to treat the underlying cause of back ache by both increasing the bloodflow, and also relaxing tight muscles. This helps you to get active as quickly as possible, which is widely believed among doctors to be the best way to speed up the recovery process.
How do you use them? -
they come in the form of a large adhesive plaster. They are large enough to cover a fair amount of the lower back (altough they can be used on other areas such as the back of the neck.). The adhesive holds the patch to the back, and it can be worn under the clothes, so it can easily be worn to work. They can be taken along with painkillers, as they have no active painkilling ingredient.
Upon opening the sachet (there are two of these in each box), the patch reacts with the air, and begins to heat up. As such, it is important to apply the patch as quickly as possible. peel the film off the patch, just like a plaster, and apply to the affected area, having first made sure that it is clean, dry and has no open wounds. upon application, the patch will gradually warm up.
health warnings. -
* not suitable for anyone under two years of age, and only to be used by under twelves under supervision.
* dont use on the same area of skin for more than one 8 hour period in 24
* Dont use straight after an injury, as this may increase swelling.
* Dont use alongside any other heating device E.G. hotwater bottles
* Dont use on irratated, cracked or broken skin
* Dont use if the wearer is unable to remove the patch themselves
* dont use with medicated gels, creams or ointments
* dont lie on the patch.
All heating products can cause irritation to skin. If this is the case, or if you feel that the patch is heating up too much for comfort, then remove immediately.
My experience -
Well, it all sounds good doesn't it?
Short answer = no
This product was not for me. I had the patch on for about an hour, and it was staying in place quite well, despite the fact it didn't really stick too well. That was when it became too hot for me, and also became very itchy. It felt like that feeling you get when you have a cast on, and you feel like sticking something down under it to scratch. I took the patch off, and the area was quite red. It was uncomfortable for a few hours after this, despite me washing the area with cold water.
Needless to say, the area was not helped, and this was by no means my miracle cure. In fact, if anything, the movement i made round to remove the patch worsened the pain somewhat. Now, in fairness to the product, this may have been a random reaction, and i may simply be more susceptable to reactions from this type of product. So dont right them off completely (though i have heard of similar stories to mine with this product.).
In conclusion, i cannot advise anyone to try these. My reaction was such that i would not dare try the second patch in the box, and promptly disposed of it. For me, its a definate no, and i will lumber on for the next cure. If i ever find it i will let you all know!
P.S. - the patches range in price between 3 and 4 ponds for a sachet of two.
Thanks for reading
This was not for me
Nurofen heat patches
For a hopefully never to be repeated bad back, I bought these heat patches.
~~What are they?~~
As the name of the product suggests, they are heat patches for anyone suffering with back pain. The product will apparently provide effective 8 hour pain relief for backaches, muscle pain and neck or shoulder pain, without there being any need for medicines.
I read the blurb on the back of the box and learn that the patches can do this because heat therapy helps to treat causes of back and muscle pain by increasing the flow of blood to the area, and by relaxing tight muscles.
Sounds just what I needed!
~~Product and Packaging~~
The patches come in packs of 2 and are packaged in a box, with all the information you are likely to need clearly written on the back of the box; there are also a couple of pictures for anyone confused as to what they do.
Open the box and I find two kind of gel patches which look a bit like big plaster. Each one is in its own bag which has to opened, and when I take the patch out, I notice that it looks like two green gel patches on the underside of a large white plaster. Each patch measures about 14cm x 10 cm so they certainly look big enough to cover quite a substantial area.
On the back of each patch is an adhesive strip which has to be removed and then as soon as it's taken off, the heat patch has to be applied to the area of pain, ensuring that the area is clean and dry. This has to be done immediately because the patch will start to heat up as soon as it comes into contact with the air. Once applied, the patch will warm up to a comfortable level.
As with most things there are warnings, which should be noted:
*Don't try to alter the shape and size of the patch by cutting
* For external use only!!
*Whilst using the patch don't get it wet- no baths of showers because I assume it would lose its stickiness and fall off.
* Don't use on the same area of skin for more than 8 hours- kind of assumes the pain will be gone in this time.
*For children under the age of 12 years, and the elderly it should be used under supervision
* Not for use on irritated skin or with other heating device
*Don't use if the wearer can't remove it from their skin- I would have thought it was too late at that stage.
*Don't lie on the patch- no good if you sleep on your back.
~~Price and Availability~~
Widely available in chemists and supermarkets, I believe this cost me round about £3.50 for the two patches.
I was expecting great things of these heat patches and given that I was in such pain was willing to give anything a go.
Having read the instructions and warnings, I carefully applied the patch. What I did notice immediately that far from the patch heating up as soon as it came into contact with the air, although once it was applied to the skin, it did start to heat up. Thankfully, it never got too hot, and a lot of the time, I was unaware of the heat, but when I felt it, it was a pleasant reassuring kind of warmth, like a hot water bottle.
The main problem I had with the patches was stickiness or lack of it. I would be very surprised if someone couldn't get it off once applied- I couldn't get it to stay put. Given that my back was hurting, I don't think I was twisting and turning very much, but I felt that I was constantly trying to apply pressure to try to keep it on. This is maybe why I was unaware of the heat for a lot of the time.
They are pleasant enough when I could feel the heat but for most of the time they were not pressed close enough to my back to be doing anything. They may work for different people on different body parts but from where I used them I can't recommend them
Thanks for reading
Drug free / These patches provide up to 8 hours of deep muscle relaxing heat / Aid the recovery from muscular back pain by increasing the blood flow to the affected area / Suitable for muscular pain, rheumatic pain, backache and / or sports injuries.