The A-Z Arthritis Toolkit – H

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Back so soon I told you we were about to move through the gears in this toolkit.

I will try to keep this one short, in all honesty there isn’t too much I can milk out of this next tool, though I do believe it can play a vital role in our pain management.

Just a quick side note, my pain has been non-existent this past month or so. I think this may be down to a couple of changes and new products which I will talk about in my next post, so keep an eye out for it!

H is for Heat

Again it might not seem much but the fact is heat can make a massive difference to stiffness and therefore, pain.

Placing a source of heat on to the affected joint can ease the stiffness and improve range of motion. I find this most beneficial in the morning when my ankle has stiffened up overnight.

Heat can relax sore and aching muscles as well as stimulating blood flow in the body, which in turn can lead to improved circulation.

Sounds good yeah?

How you achieve this is up to you, previously I just used my wife’s hot water bottle which did the trick. Recently I was looking online, again! I found an inexpensive product that I have been using for a couple of weeks.

Koolpak Moist Heat Pack 15 x 16cm

I bought a couple because I am unsure on how long they will last, it says they are reusable but I guess I just thought for how cheap they are they wouldn’t last too long, but that could be wrong.

The reason I decided to purchase one instead of just using my wife’s hot water bottle is, as we know divorce is on the increase and if that was to happen I would imagine she would take the water bottle.

The more serious reason is that this pad offers moist heat and while I was trawling through the internet, I read an article saying how moist heat provides better relief, as it allows the heat to travel deeper in to the muscles.

I like this product as it has little beads in it which means it shapes itself to the contours of your body, kind of like how a bag of frozen peas does.

We all remember the frozen peas, as a kid when you scrape your knee and your mum bungs a bag of frozen peas on it without warning. Come to think of it we hardly ever used to eat them, just used them for injuries.

Final thoughts

I will leave it up to you how you implement this tool but I would strongly recommend that you find a way to incorporate it in your day, if you haven’t already.

If you do fancy purchasing the Koolpak you can click on the image above and it will take you directly to it.

All you have to do is give it a quick blitz in the microwave and it’s ready to use.

I would say not to have it on the area for longer than 30 minutes and you may need to wrap it in a cloth first to avoid burning the skin, so take care and that goes for whatever you use.

I hope you find some help from this tool, heat can play a vital role in getting us prepared and loosened for the day.

Any comments, as always, are welcome just pop them below, look forward to hearing from you!

Another side note I had Brazil v Costa Rica on in the background and Neymar just had his penalty overturned by VAR, right decision I thought!


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6 thoughts on “The A-Z Arthritis Toolkit – H

  1. Hi Andy,
    Thanks for putting up Koolpak review. I have heard a lot about it, but I had never really seen the detailed explanation about this product. It does sound like it will make my knee better again. Sure, I will check that out.
    Thanks again for your information.

  2. Hi Andy,
    Although I don’t suffer from Arthritis myself, my dad does.
    I have always thought that heat will help.
    Living in England I’m sure the winter months don’t help.
    I think if people who suffer with arthritis lived in a country that was warm all year round then that would help.
    What do you think?
    Best wishes,

    1. Hi Michael thanks for reading and commenting.

      Yes I have often said to my wife if we won the lottery I would like a place in the sun for the winter months. As you have mentioned the English winter months certainly don’t help but I am hoping the Koolpak will come in handy then, until we can afford our warm winter retreat!

  3. I’m so glad I came across this post. I have multiple people in my family who suffer from arthritis and this is such an inexpensive, yet effective way to ease their pain. I haven’t really given though to the Koolpak but it’s so cheap that it might be worth the buy to try it out. Thanks.

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