Rejuvenating Heat Therapy Products

Sports medicine researchers at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) have concluded that heat wrap therapy is more effective for relieving lower back pain than drugs such as ibuprofen and acetaminophen.

The results were published in Spine Magazine. In the six-month study involving 371 patients, participants were given the maximum recommended non-prescription dosages of ibuprofen and acetaminophen or heat wrap therapy for two days to treat acute lower back pain.

The results showed that the heat wrap therapy provided significantly more pain relief beginning on the first day of treatment than the oral pain relief medications, and that the effects lasted more than 48 hours after the treatment was completed.

Dr. Nadler states, "Confirming that this [heat therapy] treatment is effective is important to patients because it gives them a treatment option that does not have the potential risk to the liver, kidneys, and gastrointestinal tract than can accompany inappropriate analgesic (oral pain medication) usage." The heat wrap treatments for low back pain also proved to be "better than oral analgesics because it goes beyond pain relief to provide muscle relaxation and increased flexibility."

Low back pain is the leading cause of disability in people under age 45 and the cost to society is estimated to range from $20 to $50 billion per year, according to statistics provided by the Agency for Healthcare Policy and Research of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The Ultra Shoulder Wrap is perfect for relieving aches and pains in your neck and shoulders, and the Warming blanket is ideal to help relieve back pain.

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What is inside the packs?

All Warm Buddy packs are 100% natural. Warm Buddy plush animals are unscented, and contain only 100% pure milled white rice. Warm Buddy therapeutic heat wraps contain natural lavender flowers, peppermint and pure essential oils of eucalyptus, cloves and rosemary. Aromatherapy Eye Pillows and Sleep Masks contain lanvender, peppermint, chamomile, and pure essential oils of rose geranium.

Are all heat packs the same?

Many of the heat packs on the market today are either ineffective or unsafe. Warm Buddy products combine aromatherapy with moist, long lasting heat which make them a superior heat pack. We have created a wide range of products to assist in comforting a variety of symptoms safely and effectively. The Warm Buddy Company holds a Medical Device Establishment License and products have been clinically tested and proven to treat a variety of medical conditions including stress, pain, insomnia, tense muscles, arthritis and head aches.
How do I heat a Warm Buddy heat pack?

Always pay attention to the specific heating instructions found on every Warm Buddy product:

Microwave heating: Place the pack in the centre of the microwave oven for the prescribed amount of time (heating instructions come attached to every Warm Buddy product). The product is not to touch the side walls of the microwave during heating as product can burn. Some products may have to be folded to allow the microwave's turntable to spin freely. Heating times will vary with the power of the microwave. To prevent heat packs from overheating microwave in 30 second increments until the desired temperature is reached. Allow heat packs to reach room temperature before re-heating. Do not leave pack unattended while heating. Children should not operate microwave ovens.

Oven heating: Completely wrap the heat pack in aluminum foil. Preheat oven to 250 degrees fahrenheit, and heat for 30 minutes. Do not leave pack unattended while heating. Setting a timer is recommended.


How long do packs hold the heat?

Warm Buddy therapy heat wraps can hold the heat for 30 - 60 minutes depending on the size of the product. Larger packs like our Body Wrap and Sport Therapy Wrap will hold the heat for a longer period of time.


Why is my Warm Buddy damp after I heat it?

New heat packs will release moisture when heated. We recommend heating the pack 3-4 times (allow pack to cool between heatings) before use. This will diminish any odor caused by excess moisture.

How do I cool a Warm Buddy?

Place the product in a plastic bag and put in the freezer for 1 - 4 hours, depending on the size of the product and the desired temperature. The plastic bag will preserve the aromatherapy of the product.


How do I get my heat pack's aromatherapy back?

Over time the aromatherapy of any heat pack will decrease.To refresh the scent, sprinkle a few drops of essential oil to the pack after heating. If the product is used for treatment on the eyes, then the oils should be placed in the corner of the pack - to avoid contact with the eyes.


Which essential oils do I use?

A wide variety of essential oils are available. We recommend using pure essential oils. Lavender is commonly used to provide comfort from stress and headaches. Eucalyptus is best for colds. Our Warm Buddy Anti-Stress formula is effective for soothing the symptoms of colds, flu, stress and headaches. Our Serenity blend is used in the Aromatherapy Eye Pillow and Sleep Mask to relax eyes and help promote deep sleep.


Are packs washable?

Most Warm Buddy products have washable covers. This includes all our Spa Wraps, Neck Rolls, Warming Blankets and Body Wraps. Hand washing or gentle machine washing is recommended to prolong the life of fabrics. The inner heat packs are not to be washed.


Are Warm Buddy products safe?

Warm Buddy heat packs have been manufactured in Canada since 1996. They have undergone extensive testing with no adverse reactions or reports of any problems to date. Under daily use the product can last for many years when used as directed. If the pack should become damaged, or show signs of wear or discolouration discard, and ensure the contents are not ingested (contains milled rice). Warm Buddy plush animals are not intended for use as a toy. Do not use unsupervised on children under age 3 years. Do not use on individuals with impared sensation or unable to care for themselves. Do not overheat as product can burn. Keep inner packs dry. Pack should be removed from the animal when not in use.