Heat therapy is one of the best ways to relieve pain. Whether you’re experiencing dysmenorrhea or you’re dealing with really sore muscles, a heating pad can definitely make you feel a lot better. However, for your safety, there are things you have to consider before using one. For one, can you lay on a heating pad?
It’s not safe
Sleeping with a heating pad or even laying on one for a long time can burn your skin. Apart from that, keeping a heating pad in the same spot can also cause inflammation, causing more injuries to your skin and muscles
It can cause a fire
Yes, that’s right. There are reports suggesting that 8 people die every year because of heating pad fires. So, before you consider laying on one, think about your safety as well as the rest of your family.
In using a heating pad, make sure that you place it on top of you and not the other way around. Additionally, you shouldn’t leave it on your skin for more than 20 minutes. And if you need to put it back, allow your skin to rest for another 20 minutes. Don’t forget to check how hot it is first before placing it on you skin. Now, that’s not that hard to remember, right?