If your pain is beyond what a cuddle can with a microwaveable plush sloth, a good heating pad is a must. But with dozens of brands that you can buy in your pharmacy and online, which one should you get?
After a recent test run, the answer here at Mental Floss HQ is clear: the Sunbeam damp / dry heating pad massively surpasses its price of $ 15. The huge heating pad offers high-end pain relief devices (which we love too many) a race for money with three different heat settings, a wet heat option and automatic shutdown. Most importantly, it's big – at 11.7 inches by 8.1 inches, it's designed to extend all over the back, stomach, or hips, meaning it can target entire muscle groups at the same time.
Although you can use this, it is a standard, dry heating pad and comes with a sponge insert that wets you for more penetrating heat. Studies have shown that heat therapy can help to reduce muscle tension, increase circulation, and relieve pain in many different contexts, from chronic low back pain to jaw pain [PDF] to sore muscles during exercise. Some studies have also shown that using moist heat is more effective at relieving pain (though others have found no difference, although patients often prefer moist heat.)
I bought the sunbeam pad to help with my chronic back and shoulder pain quickly relieving found that I was not the only evangelist for the product. When I posted on Instagram about my new purchase, a friend immediately told me, "Mine now … and ohhh, that's so good." She was right. It is so good.
Another proof of his greatness? It is so popular that it was recently sold out on Amazon. Fortunately, you can still find it at Walmart or one of the retailers listed below ̵
And yes, it is FSA-capable.