Hot packs are flexible bags that contain special heat-holding chemicals allowing the unit to retain warmth for a period of time. Hot packs are often used for applying warmth to strained muscles or broken bones, which is a pain relief technique known as heat therapy. Heat tends to allow muscle tissue to expand and loosen, making heat packs great for athletic injuries or physical therapists. Hot packs are also great for treating stiff muscles as they recover from overexertion.
How Hot Packs Work
The most common form of a heat pack uses a blue colored silica gel wrapped up in a puncture-resistant plastic bag. The gel can be placed in a microwave and heated to several hundred degrees. After the gel has been heated the pack can be applied carefully to the affected area and can be reheated as necessary. The hot pack should be wrapped in a protective towel to protect the patient’s skin from potential burns.
Types of Hot Packs
There are many different types of hot packs available. They range from disposable, to reusable and include some models that don’t even need a microwave to be heated up – just imply bend the pack in such a way that the contents are mixed creating warmth from within. There are also versatile hot packs that can also be cooled for use as an ice pack. Additionally, there are some models available that easily conform to a specific body area – like around the neck for shoulder pain, or wrap around the knee for joint relief.
Mountainside Medical Equipment is a proud supplier of disposable and reusable hot packs and offers them at a great low price. Get yours today by placing an order on our website or call 1-888-687-4334 to speak with one of our friendly, helpful Medical Supply Specialists for more information.