Electric heating pads are generally used for the relief of pain due to muscle spasm.  Heating pad use is also referred to as “thermotherapy” or “therapeutic heating”, which involves the application of heat to areas of the body that have tense muscles and localized pain.

Heating pads can be used for a variety of reasons, some of which you may not be aware of.  These include the following:

4 Surprising Uses for an Electric Heating Pad

1. Lumbar Spine Pain

Most lumbar spine pain is due to the spasm of the muscles that support the vertebral bodies of the spine.  When these muscles go into spasm, this can cause pain to the affected area.  By applying an electric heating pad, you increase the circulation of the muscles in spasm so that the spasm can be relieved and the pain can be controlled.

Electric heating pads come in everyday heating pads you purchase at the pharmacy or online.  You can also invest in a far infrared ray heating pad (FIR heating pad), the price is depending on the size of the heating pad.  For both types of heating pads, you need to apply the heat for about 30 minutes at a time, allowing the tissues to cool down before applying the heat to the muscles again.


2. Trigger Point Pain

Some people have pain located in specific areas of the body known as “trigger points”.  Trigger points are especially prominent in patients who suffer from fibromyalgia.

In fibromyalgia, the trigger points are located primarily near the joints in the body.  Heat is applied to these trigger points to loosen up the knots in the muscles so that the pain is relieved.


3. Abdominal or Pelvic Pain

Sometimes the source of the pain is the female reproductive tract.  Just prior to having a menstrual period, many women get menstrual cramps that are felt in the pelvis, the abdomen, or the lower back.

Heat can be applied to the areas of abdominal or pelvic cramping pain in order to increase the circulation to these areas.  These loosen up the cramping areas of the abdomen or pelvis so that the perception of pain is improved.

It is important to use it only for menstrual cramps and not use it on the abdomen if you are pregnant.  Heat can adversely affect the health of the fetus and any cramping you experience in pregnancy shouldn’t be treated with home remedies.  Instead, you need to see a doctor who will evaluate the cramping to make sure there is nothing wrong with the pregnancy.


4. Headache Pain

Sometimes, the pain is secondary to a tension headache. Tension headaches are nothing more than pain and spasm in the muscles around the skull.  You can apply an electric heating pad to the affected areas of the skull or forehead (anywhere the pain is most intense).

This can decrease the spasm of the muscles around the head so that the pain of a headache can be relieved.   Use this kind of heat for 30 minutes at a time (just as in any heat application) and then allow the tissue to cool before applying the heat to the painful areas again.

Always consult a doctor before use.


4 Surprising Uses for an Electric Heating Pad, what’s your take on using an electric heating pad?