Fibromyalgia is a long-term condition that causes pain and muscle stiffness all over the body. This can make drifting off to sleep, and even getting comfortable, a challenge. A great way to relieve the pain and stiffness from your muscles and joints is by using heat pads and blankets, as heat boosts the blood flow to where your pain is. As well as soothing muscle stiffness and pain, heat is also an excellent way to relax, which can help treat the symptoms of fibromyalgia1. Below, you’ll find a few products that will help soothe pain and stiffness from your muscles.
Beurer Heat Pads
Heat pads are great for easing pain and stiffness as “heat relaxes muscles”, according to pain physician Dr. Scott Glaser2. Both the Classic Heat Pad and the Luxury Heat Pad from Beurer have been designed in a rectangular shape, which is perfect for back pain. Both pads feature rapid heat-up, allowing you to relax to the fullest. The Classic Pad features a soft surface that is pleasant on the skin, so you can enjoy the heat without the burn, while the Luxury Pad has been designed with a soft and breathable fleece material for added comfort.
Both pads will fit snug and secure to the body, with the added benefit of three temperature settings. As Dr. Glaser warns that overusing the heat can leave you with “permanent discolouration from increased blood flow to the skin”3, being able to adjust the temperature of your heat pad is a strong advantage. Applying the heat pad to a painful spot on a low heat setting for twenty minutes at a time is a good way to relieve the pain. Although, if you find the low setting is not helping, you can gradually adjust the pad to a higher setting until you feel the pain and stiffness being soothed.
Beurer Cosy Electric Throw
As well as keeping you warm and snug when you get cold, heated blankets may also soothe some of your aches and pains. This Cosy Electric Throw from Beurer is made from an ultra-soft microfibre material that is kind to your skin, so you’ll be able to relax in no time. This throw also features six temperature settings, so you can find the right heat for easing the aches and stiffness of fibromyalgia.