Heated Neck Rest: FSA Eligibility

Heated Neck Rest: eligible with a Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
A heated neck rest is eligible for reimbursement with a flexible spending account (FSA), health savings account (HSA), or a health reimbursement arrangement (HRA). A heated neck rest is not eligible with a dependent care flexible spending account (DCFSA) or a limited-purpose flexible spending account (LPFSA).

What is a heated neck rest?

A heated neck rest is an Over-the-Counter (OTC) medical product eligible for reimbursement with a consumer-directed healthcare account. A heated neck rest is a neck-conforming pillow like object that relieves pain, muscle tension, swelling, and adds comfort by resting around the neck. A heated neck rest usually is filled with a material that can be microwaved, refrigerated or frozen in order to apply the desired temperature to the neck.

Some heated neck rests may be scented for calming or relaxing aesthetics. Some heated neck rests may also use electrical power via a power outlet and/or batteries in order to provide their own heat. Some heated neck rests may have built in massage or heating equipment that can be controlled or changed according to preference.

Heated neck rests allow application of heat to the neck area, which soothes and relaxes neck muscles. Neck muscles may become tense due to repetitive labor, long periods spent bent over a desk or workstation, or physical exertion (Veritashealth.com). Heat on neck muscles may also be called thermotherapy or therapeutic heat. Therapeutic heat might also help relieve pain and tension, especially in knotted areas. The exact mechanisms are not understood, but heat is an excellent way to relieve the symptoms of non-inflammatory body pain (Healthline).

Heat and heated neck rests should never be applied to a fresh injury or to an infection.

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