Are you ever bogged down by headaches, neck and shoulder pain due to stress and tension? Do you have muscle aches and pains in your back? I sure do.
I’ve been having a lot going on. I have been experiencing more depression and heartache and feeling the stress of my families every day needs. I know we all go through these things from time to time. It seems your body will take on the effects of things going on in your mind and heart.
With all the things going on here at my house I’ve been experiencing some major tension headaches. You know the ones coming from your shoulder blades, shoulders and/or neck going all the way up to the crown of your head.
When you have those headaches, body aches and pains what do you do to relieve the tension? Ice, rest, relaxation and sleep often helps to get rid of these.
Another big help for me is heat. I don’t really like using heating pads on my neck and shoulder as they don’t seem to lie the I need them to in order to get the most relief. I’m also not too fond of the conventional heating pads, as I have had patients inadvertently get hurt by them.
I have seen some great companies come up with safer and more practical heating pads in recent years. I still prefer to make my own.
What I have found that works best for me, are those rice bag heating pads that you heat in the microwave. These are great for many different areas of your body; they conform well around your neck, shoulders lower back etc. I love that you have full control over the size, thickness, density and heat level. Best thing of all, it’s super cheap and you can customize it as you see fit.
If you don’t already have one these rice bag heating pads or don’t know how to make them, I’d like to share my simple way to make a DIY Homemade Heating Pad.
DIY Homemade Heating Pad
Things You’re Going to Need:
Uncooked White Rice – Do not use brown rice as it will break up and get mushy after it’s microwaved (the composition of it is different from white rice)
Thick Sock of your choice – men’s tube type sock, sports socks, any type of sock that is of good thickness and the length you desire
New Hair rubber band with no metal inside
Ribbon – Optional
Small plastic cup – one that is thinner so it can be somewhat bent
Let’s Put it Together:
You want a pretty thick sock so the rice doesn’t seep through the fabric. If you are like me you’ll be using this over and over again so you’ll want it to last. I choose long thick soccer socks (unused) I love when the heating pad is on the longer side so when it’s draped over my shoulders I can have it kind of hit my collarbone area. This sure does bring a lot of relief to my sore/aching neck and shoulders.
Take your sock and open it up and start dumping the rice in with your flexible cup. I use a small cup that fits in so I can do it pretty fast without getting it everywhere. Fill up the sock all the way leaving about an 1 1/2 to 2′ from the top. How firm you make it is completely up to you. When pouring in the rice you can pack it in or you can add less rice. This all depends on how heavy you want your heating pad and how flexible you want it.
Once you have it as full as you want wrap the hair rubber band around as many times as it can go. Make sure it’s tight enough where the rice isn’t gonna come out, those grains are tiny.
Finish off with ribbon around the rubber band if you want.
How to Use your DIY Homemade Heating Pad:
When you need to use your heating pad all you need to do is place it on a microwave safe dish. Heat it up; starting at about 1 minute 30 seconds and increase or decrease from there until it’s at the desired heat level you want and can tolerate. Each microwave is different and each person’s tolerance of temperature is different. Be careful and use pot holders if you need to. Remember different areas of your body are more sensitive to heat so test carefully.
You can use it on your neck, upper and lower back, shoulders, arms, legs, ankles, feet , just about anywhere.
Don’t forget as with anything microwaved item, there can be areas that get hotter than others. Use with caution; especially with children and elderly.
You can always add or take out rice once you see how full you want it. If you plan on putting a few stitches in to keep it closed be sure to test it out and make sure the thickness is how you want it.
I love using the uncooked rice because it seems to hold the heat for a pretty long time.
I know there are lots of you out there that are crafty and can even make some DIY homemade heating pad covers for these. I’ve seen some pretty creative covers at craft fairs.
What tricks do you use to help with those headaches or tension aches and pains? Have you made a DIY homemade heating pad before?
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I originally shared this project with the readers over at Sew Crafty Angel.
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