- As with any heat product, the patch has the potential to cause skin irritation or burns.
- It is recommended to avoid circumstances that may increase the heat effect e.g. tight clothing or additional pressure.
- You should periodically check the skin reactions.
- End usage of the product immediately if you feel any skin irritations or burns or if the product feels too hot.
The risk of burning increases as you age. If you are 55 years of age or older, wear the patch over a layer of thin clothing and not while sleeping.
- To avoid the risk of burning allow air to circulate over the heat patch and avoid extra pressure such as e.g. lying or sitting on the heat patch, wearing under tight clothing or a belt and leaning against hard surfaces.
- Do not overlap heat cells when e.g. applying to joints.
- The heat spirals contain iron powder. If your skin or eyes come into contact with the content of the cell, rinse with water. If ingested rinse mouth.
- In all cases, seek medical advice immediately.
- Do not try to reheat or put it into a microwave.
- Remove the product before you undergoing an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) procedure.
1. How does heat work against pain?
Heat therapy is a simple and effective method that can offer pain relief for back, neck and shoulder pain. It increases the local blood flow as well as the skin temperature which leads to a relaxation of the muscles. The increased blood flow brings oxygen and nutrients to the damaged tissue and at the same time dilutes and washes away painful mediators and metabolic by-products. This helps to restore damaged tissue and to decrease pain.
2. When is heat therapy the right treatment and when cold therapy?
The therapeutic use of cold or warmth is a well-known physiotherapeutic treatment. Whether to use heat or cold on the affected area depends on the type of pain. Heat has been known for generations to be an effective way to relieve muscle pain such as muscle strain and tension. Cold is recommended for acute conditions, such as acute inflammation or injuries, e.g. sports injuries such as sprains, contusions, bruising and swelling. If you are in doubt as to whether to apply heat or cold, please consult your pharmacist or doctor.
3. When should I use Spiral Heat Flexible Heat Patches and when Elastoplast Capsaicin Heat Plasters?
Both products can be used for the relief of musculoskeletal pain. They differ in their mode of action. Elastoplast ABC Heat Plasters activate the body heat by means of a pharmacological ingredient and block the pain by inhibiting the pain-transmitting Substance P. Spiral Heat Flexible Heat Patches are an external heat source that provides long-lasting deeply penetrating heat. Both products are effective against muscle pain such as back and neck pain but some people experience the effect of the capsaicin-containing heat products as too strong so Spiral Heat offers a pleasant alternative. Spiral Heat can also be used by persons who react with unpleasant skin sensations when using capsaicin heat patches or ointments.
4. How should I apply the heat patches?
Open the pouch directly before use. Remove the sealing paper from the back of the patch so the adhesive is exposed and place this side on your skin directly over the painful area.
5. How long should I wear a Spiral Heat patch?
For best results, wear Spiral Heat for the full 12 hours. Using Spiral Heat for more than the recommended time can increase the risk of skin irritation or burns. If after 7 days the pain remains unchanged or worsens, consult your doctor to get it checked.
6. Can I cut the heat patches?
No, do not cut the product as it may damage the heat cells. And do not use the patch if the covering of the patch or the patch is damaged. If your skin or eyes come into contact with the content of the cell, rinse with water. If ingested, rinse mouth. In all cases, seek medical advice immediately.
7. What materials are Spiral Heat Flex Patches made of?
Spiral Heat flex patches are layers of cloth-like materials called “nonwovens” and contain the Spiral Heat cells which consist of iron, charcoal, salt and water. The layers are laminated to each other using medical adhesives which do not contain latex. The adhesive grid pattern is made of a skin-friendly adhesive.
8. How do I dispose of Spiral Heat?
Spiral Heat can be disposed of in your regular trash after it is cooled. Care should be taken to keep Spiral Heat out of the reach of children and pets.
9. How does Spiral Heat work?
Spiral Heat is a flexible heat patch that contains spiral heat cells that warm up after opening to provide pleasant heat for 12 hours offering heat therapy to treat your pain.
10. What are the spiral cells in Spiral Heat?
The spiral cells are the part of Spiral Heat that provides warmth. These cells contain a mixture of ingredients that react with air to provide pleasant heat. The chemical reaction is called iron oxidation, which is a controlled form of rusting.
11. What is SpiroTherm Technology?
The unique SpiroTherm Technology in Spiral Heat offers a maximum of 2 and 3-dimensional flexibility of the heat cells for free movement of the user while maintaining effective warmth for 12 hours. The secret of this special design is the integration of Fermat’s spirals, which have two spiral arms each winding from their centre for advantageous potential in flexibility.