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Thermophore Intense Moist Heat -- Thermophore Heat pack provides gentle circulation stimulation for temporary relief of arthritis, muscle and joint pain. Thermophore Moist Heating Pads are more effective than traditional dry heating pads. Thermophore Automatic Heating Pads are easier to use and control than any other moist heat product.
Battle Creek® Thermophore Moist Heating Packs provide temporary relief from recurring pain, muscle aches and tension. No water needed. Thermophore heating pads come with flannel cover.
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Choose Thermophore Classic™ Heat Pack with hands-on switch, or Thermophore MaxHEAT™ Pack with hands-free timer switch. Both provide the intense moist heat you need, with no need to add any water!
If you live in a dry area, or the air in your home is dry because of frequent use of heating or air-conditioning systems, we also offer the Classic Plus™ and MaxHEAT Plus™ styles with a protective liner that lets you safely add a damp cloth for even more moisture!
Thermophore Heating Pad Questions
Why is moist heat more effective than dry heat (or no heat at all) in relieving pain?
It has been proven that water is a more effective conductor of heat than air - in fact, moist heat has been shown to penetrate 27 times better than dry heat! In addition, body tissues are able to tolerate moist heat at a higher temperature than dry heat. As this intense heat penetrates painful body tissues, blood vessels dilate, increasing the circulation in the area. The increased blood flow relieves inflammation, brings additional oxygen, carries away toxins and waste for healing, and provides relief from pain. The Thermophore® unit makes what medical professionals call a "hot fomentation compress" without adding water, to ease the cycle of pain and muscle spasm and allow for more natural movement and comfortable rest. It is especially effective in providing relief from the pain of arthritis, back or neck pain, fibromyalgia, sciatic pain, muscle strains or respiratory congestion.
Is it necessary to add moisture to the Battle Creek Thermophore® Pack?
No, you add nothing. You don't need to be dripping wet for effective moist heat therapy - just a light layer of water vapor is all you need, and most homes have plenty of humidity in the air to provide the necessary moisture. In some regions of extremely low humidity, it may be necessary to store the Thermophore® cover in a humidified room or the laundry or bathroom, where there is more moisture in the air. Often, just washing the cover will allow the fabric to re-absorb plenty of moisture. There are no chemicals to wear out, and no special treatment of the fabric is required - it can be washed and dried as needed.
Where does the moisture come from?
Each Battle Creek Thermophore® unit has a specially woven fleece cover. Between uses, this cover traps moisture from the atmosphere in the air spaces between the textile strands. Although the fabric does not feel wet, the application of quick, intense heat will generate this moisture into water vapor to increase the benefit of heat therapy. When activated, the Thermophore® heating unit becomes intensely hot very quickly. Through what is known as "hygroscopic action", the moisture moves away from the source of heat to the cooler body tissue. When properly applied, a light layer of moisture is produced between the Thermophore® unit and the body, to allow a deeper, more effective transfer of heat into painful areas.
How can I be sure my Thermophore® is producing moisture?
After placing the hot pack unit inside the cover, plug the unit in and lay it out flat on a glass or Formica table or counter top. Either hold the switch down (if you are using the original Automatic Moist Heat Pack™) or push the "on" button (if you are using the Arthritis Pad™). Let the unit warm for about 5 minutes to activate the moisture in the fleece cover. When you pick up the pad at the end of 5 minutes, you should see tiny moisture drops on the glass or Formica surface. If you run your hand over the surface, you can feel the moisture and see streaks of water.
Can I use the Thermophore® over my clothing?
We recommend using the Thermophore® directly on the skin, if possible, so that the moist heat can penetrate most effectively and deeply into the tissue. Using it over pajamas or a shirt will also work if that is more convenient for you. Metal buttons, clips or buckles on clothing under the Thermophore® may become quite hot, and should not be allowed to contact skin directly until they have had a chance to cool. We recommend that you do not lay on top of a Thermophore®, because it will reduce the effectiveness of your moist heat therapy and may damage the components inside your Thermophore®.
Why doesn't the Thermophore® Pack have a switch with lower heat settings?
The first thing many users notice is that our units do not have the typical "low/medium/high" temperature settings. The Thermophore® is so effective because it gets much hotter, and heats much more quickly, than ordinary heating pads; it would not provide such effective moist heat therapy at significantly lower temperatures.
To be most effective, moist heat therapy must be intensely hot and alternate with periods of cooling. For best results, the painful tissues need to be heated enough to greatly increase the circulation of blood, reduce inflammation and relieve muscle spasm.
Why does the Thermophore® Classic™ Deep-Heat™ Automatic Moist Heat Pack™ have a special, spring-loaded switch?
The Thermophore® pack treatment is so soothing and relaxing that users often doze off as their pain and tension eases. If the user does fall asleep while using the original Thermophore® Automatic Moist Heat Pack™, their hand will relax, automatically turning the unit off. No other product has a safety switch quite like the Thermophore® Automatic Moist Heat Pack™.
Our Thermophore® Arthritis Pad™ offers the quality and intense heat users have come to expect, plus the added convenience of a pre-set control to leave your hands free. Users turn the heat on and off with simple push-buttons to control the level of heat to their personal preference. If they happen to doze off or become distracted during treatment, the unit automatically shuts off at the end of the current 20-minute cycle.
Why is the Battle Creek Thermophore® Pack so much heavier than ordinary heating pads?
To relieve aches and pains, it is necessary for the heat to effectively transfer deeply into body tissues. To make the Thermophore® pack more efficient, we have positioned weights to cause the Thermophore® pack to conform to body contours. This reduces air spaces between the Thermophore® hot pack and body, so more heat is transmitted to the body tissues. Ordinary stiff plastic heating pads leave air pockets, which result in uneven transfer of heat.
Choose from the Classic™ Deep-Heat™ Thermophore Automatic Moist Heat Packs with hands-on switch, or the Thermophore MaxHEAT™ Therapy (formerly Arthritis) Pad with hands-free timer switch. Both Battle Creek Thermophore Heating Pad models provide the intense moist heat you need, with no need to add any water!