Aches & Pains Hot Packs — Relax tight muscles after periods of strenuous activity – playing tennis, walking eighteen holes of golf, hiking, swimming, playing professional sports, mountain climbing, or mowing the lawn. Cold Packs — Reduce swelling from surgeries, Wisdom Teeth extraction, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, bumps & bruises. Consult a physician for injuries and acute or prolonged pain.
Arthritis Relief for minor stiffness and cold associated with arthritis. Arthritis.com
Back Pain Use heat for stiffness during long hours at the office, computer, or drawing board. Relax tight muscles after periods of strenuous activity. Relieve pain associated with muscle spasms. Improve flexibility before or after a workout. Relieve periodic cramps or lower back discomfort. Use ice to reduce swelling. Consult a physician about when and how long to apply ice or heat.
Blocked Glands Use moist heat to help with Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (eyes), Bletheritis, and other blocked glands. Heat helps to stimulate circulation and open pores.
Blood tests For people with difficulty having blood drawn due to small or hard to hit veins, a heat pack placed on the area for five minutes prior to insertion of the needle, may help stimulate circulation and erase the sensation of a pin prick.
Quote: ”When my granddaughter was a toddler and in the hospital and had to have blood drawn frequently, the nurses used a heating pad to warm the area of the foot where the needle was injected. The heat helped stimulate blood circulation and helped the needle to go in more smoothly, eliminating my granddaughter’s tears and much of my anxiety.” Owner of Maine Warmers
Burns Use cold pack on mild burns to relieve pain. The soft fabric is more comfortable on the skin than a bag of frozen peas or ice cubes, and there is no spoilage of food or mess of melting ice cubes.
Bursitis Use cold on affected area for a few days or until area no longer feels hot to the touch. Use heat after first few days when the area no longer feels hot to the touch. Consult a physician for acute or prolonged pain.
Carpal Tunnel & Related Pain Use heat to increase blood flow. Sometimes shoulder and neck stiffness can cause pain in the arms or wrist. Heat on neck may help improve circulation. Follow advice of a physician or therapist for proper posture for prolonged use of the computer, drawing board, or other activities that might cause arm & wrist problems. Exercises might helpUse ice pack to relieve wrist pain or to reduce swelling for wrist or arm injuries. Consult a physician to determine the cause of pain. More Information about Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Colds & Flu Relieve fever or the chills from flu or from being inactive. A little TLC while resting to relieve added stress and tension.
Coughs Use heat to relax chest muscles when coughing from a cold or flu becomes incessant and keeps you from resting.
Cramps Relieve the pain of stubborn leg or abdominal cramps dues to exercise or peiodic pain.
Cranky Babies Very mild heat on a baby’s tummy may help colic. Heat warmer for 30 seconds. Do not overheat as babies skin may be more sensitive to heat than an adult’s skin might be. Pre warm a crib and avoid waking a baby by placing him/her on cold sheets.
Please note: NEVER leave a child unattended with a warmer. Our warmers contain whole corn and ingesting could cause choking.
Cricks Relax tight muscles from sleeping or sitting the wrong way or stiffness from overexertion.
Facial Pain For sinus pain or facial pain due to tooth extractions. Use soft flannel Palm Packs on the face according to your physician’s instructions.
Fever Keep a “Warmer” in the freezer in a plastic bag and when you need to cool a fever it will be ready to use. The coolness is soothing and not at all harsh like ice cubes.
Foot Pain Heat relaxes stiff muscles in the feet. Check out our blog on Healthy Feet
General Stress Use heat to relax and relieve stress at the end of the day. Place ice pack on back of neck to help relieve tension headaches.
Insomnia Take a “heat bag” to bed with you. The heat may help you relax at the end of the day – or in the middle of the night.
Lung ailments For those who are on oxygen, the use of an electric heating pad is forbidden. A microwave heating pad is safe to use.
Migraines Quote from a Customer about using heat and cold for migraines
“I really love your warmers! I am using one right now. One of my favorite uses-for my horrible migraines, is to freeze one and microwave a second one. Put the microwaved one on the back of the neck and the frozen one on the forehead. This idea was given to me by my specialist, who also suffers from migraine headaches. It really does give relief from that horrible pain! Repeat as needed.
I thought that other sufferers of migraine headaches might benefit from this great idea, so please feel free to share this info on your web site.
Thanks so much for such great products.” D.A., Atkinson, ME 7-10-2012
Pets Help pets through periods of illnesses or cold weather. Use frozen when the vet says to ice it.
Pregnancy & Post Partum Check out several uses for moms-to-be and new moms. Relieve hip pain due to softening of connective tissues between pelvis and joints during 3rd trimester. Relieve back pain from the weight of the baby. Use on face to help relieve sinus headaches when pain medication is not recommended. Help relaxation due to emotional stress and anxiety. Visit the Mayo Clinic Web Site and look for “Healthy Living Centers.”Lamaze.com See articles on “Comfort Measures.”
Raynaud’s Disease Use to warm cold hands from Raynaud’s or other conditions that cause cold hands. For more information on dealing with Raynaud’s go to the Raynaud’s Foundation or see Maine Warmers’ Links page.
Recovery from Surgery or Chemotherapy Warm cold extremities from inability to exercise during recuperation period. Use cold therapy to reduce swelling after surgery. The cold from our “warmers” is not as cold as a bag of frozen corn. However, it is more comfortable, and therefore patients are more willing to use cold therapy on the affected area.
Sensory Integration Dysfunction Some children need weighted heat therapy to help them cope.