If you suffer from chronic pain in your muscles, joints, tendons, nerves, tissues, organs, etc… I’m about to introduce to you your new best friend – the far infrared heating pad! It works so well for me for relief from deep muscle pains and injuries, chronic lower and upper back pain, menstrual cramps and cysts, joint pain, arthritis, bladder pain from interstitial cystitis, neck and shoulder pain, liver and gallbladder dysfunction, tendonitis, any kind of nerve pain, and more.
I honestly had no idea what I was getting exactly when I purchased this item. As someone who suffers with chronic Lyme disease, I listen pretty closely to what Dr. Jay Davidson says to do. He has a new book out recently called, “How to Fix Lyme Disease”. If you have Lyme and you have not read this book, I HIGHLY recommend that you do! Dr. Jay is on top of the game in the Lyme Disease world! He has first hand experience with it as his wife was gravely ill with it for years. He has some new and interesting information and products to offer in that book. He talks a lot about infrared heating pads. So, naturally, I followed his suggestion and ordered one for myself. Here are a few reasons why you need an infrared heating pad, and why it’s different from your typical heating pad or hot water bottle.
First, the far infrared heating pad can penetrate much deeper into your body than a standard electric heating pad! The electric heating pads that most of us have (myself included until about a year ago), omit electric heat from cotton and carbon fibers. This kind of heat can only penetrate 2-3mm deep. So essentially, it’s really only heating the skin that’s on top of all of the things inside of you that are causing pain. The far infrared heating pads use jade, amythest, and tourmaline stones to convert light energy into infrared heat energy which reaches much deeper at up to 5 cm below the surface! So this kind of heat is really getting down into your muscles, tissues, and bones. Also, infrared heating pads will never leave burns or rashes on your skin like electrical ones and hot water bottles can.
I can absolutely feel the difference between these two. When I have pain and I turn this infrared heating pad on, it takes much less time for the pain to ease and often dissolve, and I can feel that it reaches deeper into areas where I need it. I have interstitial cystitis and I can feel the heat waves getting deep into my bladder tissues where the pain is intense! It can relieve some of the worst and deepest pain I have!
Also, the infrared heating pads will help your blood to circulate! This helps to promote healing, and remove toxins. I also personally think that the infrared heat can help kill infections, I’ve read this in different places before, but it’s been my experience as well. The benefits of the heat from the infrared pads also last up to 6 hours after using it for only 30 minutes, while the electric pads only provide relief while the pad is heated and on you. I can also attest to this! When I use this on my bladder area for a half an hour I can take it off and feel much better for quite some time before I need it again. It helps so much when I have pain at night because I put it on, and then within a half an hour I can take it off and the pain relief lasts through the night.
A few other benefits of the far infrared heating pads worth mentioning are that I have noticed that it provides a major amount of stress relief for me! When I’m working hard on something or have a lot of stress in my life and I feel frazzled and unable to calm myself down, I put on the heating pad even if I don’t have any significant pain happening, and it definitely relaxes me. It also helps to calm my dog’s nerves! He loves it! Something about the warmth just makes us both release the stress and puts us at ease. I put it on every night while I’m reading in bed and trying to fall asleep. It is always helps me to fall asleep faster!
I also use the infrared heating pad to help my liver and gallbladder. Sometimes when the liver and gallbladder get backed up with bile, I can get pretty sick. Putting the heating pad on those areas helps those organs to release the bile. So, I start to feel better faster. This is one thing Dr. Jay mentions doing in his new book on Lyme Disease, but really, it is beneficial to anyone.
The infrared heating pad also helps to improve your range of motion of muscles and joints that are injured. Because it helps increase blood flow and circulation to that area, you’ll find you can more easily move around. It is beneficial for people with arthritis, too! If you also have pain in your neck and shoulders like so many of us do from sitting at a desk all day, or from Lyme, or other chronic illness, these heating pads work wonders. I am going to get another that’s just for the neck and shoulders. You can roll this one up, but I’m sure the neck and shoulder one lays more nicely.
The last thing I’ll touch on about these amazing heating pads, that not many people know, is that they do not omit EMFs, also known as electromagnetic fields. We probably all know by now that EMFs are very harmful and toxic. This is the reason why we aren’t supposed to live directly under power lines. EMFs cause radiation and lead to different kinds of cancers, cause disruption of hormones in our bodies, create sleep and anxiety problems, and so much more. Far infrared heating pads to not omit EMFs. They are so safe that they are often used in neonatal units to produce heat to keep infants warm. They also do not omit any UV rays in case you were wondering. You are much safer using an infrared heating pad than an electric one!
This heating pad shown here is face up so that I could show you the stones that are attached to it which heat up to produce the infrared heat. But, when you use it, you will want to put the stone side down on your body over the area which causes you pain. I have the 15″x19″ size for smaller areas such as the bladder or liver and gallbladder, and I also have the 21″x32″ for full back and body use as well. I am 5’3, so if you are taller, you might consider one of the longer ones. I use them both equally, honestly. They serve different purposes. I like to have the small one for traveling. They both come with a travel bag, too! Our cars both have plugs where you can plug them in for long car rides, too, which is great! They also both have memory remotes that keep your usual desired temperature set, all you have to do is turn it on and click a button and it will heat up to the temperature you like. It also auto shuts off after a certain period of time that you select to keep it on for. They are very easy to use, don’t be scared by the remote technology! It’s very simple and helpful.
I hope that this post brought to light some helpful information if you’re suffering from chronic pain, or pain from working out or injuries. I would highly recommend these products! I would be lost without them at this point. I’m like Linus from Peanuts with his blankie, carrying my heating pad around everywhere! Haha! No shame, it helps keep me comfortable. I hope it helps you, too! 🙂