Friday, 28 April 2017

The Next Hot Thing: Heat Therapy


Last month I attended my first NAIDEX exhibition; it's the biggest trade, professional and consumer event in Europe for people with a disability or impairment. I wrote all about my favourite stands here. I included ClickHeat in that post but promised a more in-depth look at their products. So, my friends, here's that post you've all been eagerly anticipating *wink face*

ClickHeat is a reusable, portable, instant heat pack that doesn't require hot water, electricity or a microwave. It can be used as heat therapy for painful, tired joints on any part of the body, if you're a camper, fisher, lover of the great outdoors or even as a baby bottle warmer. It's safe, super easy to use and can even be slept on with no risk of bursting. 
Back ClickHeat with belt


No electricity, I know, I didn't believe it either but as soon as one of the ClickHeat reps handed me a pack, showed me how to use it and placed it on my shoulders and knees, I instantly drifted off to a heat-filled heaven that my sore bones desperately wanted to go to.

So, how does this genius product work?

'The product consists of sodium acetate. This is a combination of salt and water. It's non-toxic, non-flammable and completely safe. The heat is caused by a chemical reaction so no battery or electricity is needed. As long as the pack is sealed, the energy remains inside and never runs out.' 

The packs come in a variety of sizes and shapes, can be used thousands of times and heats up to 130F/54C that lasts for approximately two hours. 

All you do is click the little metal disc that floats around in the salt based solution and the molecular reaction begins, causing the solution to crystallise. Easy peasy.


After using the pack, the liquid formula crystallises, and the pack becomes hard. To reuse you must reheat the formula to soften it. To do this, you boil water in a pot, place a cloth in the bottom of the pot and the pack inside. You must wait until all the crystals are dissolved and only liquid remains. Remove the pack with tongs and hold it up to a light to check that no crystals remain. Then let the pack cool down before reusing. There's no rush to do the whole boiling thing if you don't want to use the pack again right away, just do it when you're ready to reuse.

'Urgh, what, I have to mess about with boiling water', I hear you cry, and that was my initial complaint. But in reality, I never make my own hot water bottles as it's not safe for me to do so, so my boyfriend handles it for me. Obviously, if you're able to use a kettle, this part should be okay for you, and if not and you don't have anyone to assist you, this product might not be for you.

If that's the case, take a look at the Noozie, an electric hot water bottle that I absolutely adore.

However, a massive pro for me is being able to use the pack when I'm out and about. I can chuck it in my backpack, go out for the day and if pain sets in and I feel like I need some heat therapy, I can click my heat pad and I'm good to go. The only other thing that has a similar effect is a throw-away heat pad but I find them a waste of money as they're never hot enough.

At least with these packs, they're large and can be placed across my knees/back/shoulders whilst I'm out in my chair, warming up my joints. I can't wait to give them a go in the winter. I'm always freezing, so they'll be great to add to my spoonie essentials.




Boyfriend modelling the Neck and Shoulder pack

Hand warmers

Now, after doing a little bit of research I found a few brands that are much easier to obtain in the UK and are a lot cheaper. I highly suggest you check out Mobility Choices if you fancy trying this kind of product. They're another company I met at NAIDEX and are bloody lovely. They're also very active on Twitter and will gladly answer any questions or concerns you might have.

All in all, I really do like the ClickHeat packs. They're so versatile, can be used on the go and come in a few different colours. I've not used mine as much as I usually would as I'm going through an overheating phase with my chronic illness at the moment but I know they will be my very best friend as soon as Autumn makes an appearance.

Would you use a product like this?

10 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for this. I've just ordered some of the cheaper version (shoulder and back ones). I'd previously been using hot wheat bags on my shoulder and they don't last nearly as long as these, so hopefully I'll find these very useful.

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  2. I have used the hand warmers for many years and find the boiling to re-activate a bit of a pain. Annoying because you have to remember to do it before you need them again (your article has reminded me I need to re activate a couple :) but they are good and most get hot enough/keep their heat for a good amount of time. I like the look of the neck and shoulders pack but a large pan would be needed!

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    1. Yeh, my boyfriend does it for me as I can't so I don't have to worry. I just love that I can take them out with me and use them whenever

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  3. The neck pack sounds absolutely amazing as I get such bad neck and back pain for awful posture when painting! I love that you've given alternatives for those aren't able to use kettles too! I might have to buy one to try it out!

    Kayleigh Zara
    http://www.kayleighzaraa.com

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    1. Thank you. If you do get one, let me know what you think x

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  4. I do love these kind of things for being out and about but I can't be trusted to put them in boiling water without injury so I tend to avoid them
    Beth x
    Mermaid in Disguise

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