Disclosure - I received a free pack of Hotteeze Heat Pads for the purpose of a honest review. All opinions are my own.
I've tried many different brands of heat pads that claim to relieve pain over the years, but Hotteeze Heat Pads aren't like others that I tried. The main difference is that Hotteeze Pads aren't applied directly to your skin - they stick to the outside of your clothing. I must admit to being sceptical about how effective they'd be, but I was keen to give them a try as my pain levels are so high at the moment.
£12.97 for a pack of 10 pads
I have a few different types of pain caused by different health conditions. The main one is caused by a condition that causes severe muscle spasms which leaves my muscles feeling like I've just done an extreme gym session with heavy weights. Another causes my joints to dislocate which often causes muscle and tissue damage, this leaves me with severe pain in both the joint and surrounding muscles. I also suffer with sciatica and fibromyalgia which causes achy, sore muscles. I am on very strong painkillers, including Oramorph (liquid morphine), but I am always looking for alternatives as I hate having to take such strong and potentially addictive medication.
Initially I used the patches on my lower back to help with pain from sciatica. It took a couple of minutes for me to feel the heat, but once it was warmed up it felt lovely. It was just the right heat level for me - warm enough to feel like it was doing good, but not unbearably hot. The heat soon worked on my muscles, leaving them feeling really relaxed which therefore reduced my pain. It had them same effect on my thigh muscles after having a severe muscle spasm, it was very soothing and helped with the pain.
As I expected it didn't work quite as well on joints after a bad dislocation which caused muscle and tissue damage. But this pain is very severe and it takes high doses of morphine to help the pain so it probably isn't the level of pain that these patches are aimed at. The heat did make the joint feel looser and more a bit more comfortable though, especially the day after the dislocation, so it was obviously doing some good.
I found the patches worked best on tighter fitting clothes, so that the weight of the patches didn't pull the clothing away from your skin. Attaching them to underwear or a vest (depending on where the pain is located) would be ideal.
I was impressed with how long the heat lasted - usually between 12 and 14 hours. This is much better than some leading brand products that I have tried - and these work out much cheaper too!
The thing that most worried me about the patches was their staying power - I was convinced that they'd be falling off in an hour. Boy was I wrong! The patches stuck really well to all of the different fabrics I tried, not once did they even start to peel off. One time I gave them an extra test by leaving a patch on my pyjama top for over 24 hours while I was in bed unwell. Due to my pain I move about a lot in bed as I constantly have to change position, but this didn't affect the patch at all - not even a corner had started to lift, it was perfectly in place more than a day later. Considering that expensive patches that stick to your skin normally only last two or three hours on me, I think this is very impressive. I didn't have to worry that it was going to fall off at an inappropriate moment either - I've had more than one top brand patch fall off of my back and into the toilet before!!
Overall I was very happy with Hotteeze patches. They stick extremely well, are great value, last a long time, and they give a lovely warming feeling than soothes away pain in sore and aching muscles. They are also ideal for people with sensitive skin who can't stick patches directly onto their body. I highly recommend that you give Hotteeze patches a try.
Rating - 5/5 stars