For a large majority of American families, at-home pain relief methods are pretty simple. Cold packs for injuries, pain relievers for headaches and general pain, and maybe an elastic bandage or athletic brace for a sprained ankle. But let me be the first to say that a good heating pad needs to be included in that conversation.
For this week's selection, let's take a closer look at the Caring Mill Travel Heating Pad, sold exclusively at FSAstore.com and HSAstore.com! Heating pads come in every shape and size imaginable, but we think this Caring Mill design for travel is a smart choice for all applications.
Muscle sprains and pulls can benefit from a combination of cold and heat therapy, such as using a heating pad in combination with a cold pack. According to Healthline, while cold packs can help reduce inflammation and pain for muscle pulls and sprains, heating pads are a great accompaniment that can help open blood vessels to allow oxygenated blood to flow faster to the affected area and boost your recovery. In addition to acute injuries, heating pads are smart choices for chronic pain issues like lower back pain, joint issues and more.
Abdominal pain relief
Whether the source of your pain is a stomach virus or menstrual cramps, abdominal pain is a tough nut to crack. Heating pads are one of the few treatment methods available that can increase circulation to these areas to reduce pain and loosen up tight muscles that could be contributing to cramping.
Finally, if you're a gym rat, heating pads have a wide range of uses that can help you limber up and treat pain issues that may arise from heavy workouts. As we explained above, heating pads in tandem with cold packs are a smart choice for sports injuries, but if you have a troublesome muscle or joint issue hobbling you before a workout, applying a heating pad to this area can help you loosen up to get ready for physical activity.
So if you fit into any of the above criteria or looking to upgrade your pain relief regimen, give the Caring Mill Travel Heating Pad a try. In addition to serving all of your home pain relief needs, it's small enough to throw into your carry-on or overnight bag to take your heat therapy on the road.
Finally and most importantly, every purchase of a Caring Mill product will support Children's Health Fund, which is committed to providing health care to America's disadvantaged youth. That's a win-win for everyone involved!
I'm Allie. I'm a semi-pro soccer player (Ha! Well, no, but dreams right?). I (my parents) have spent a ton of out-of-pocket money on my medical needs...but now I save big with my tax-free FSA funds. If only I knew then what I know now.
Let me back-up, here's the story.
I've played soccer for 13+ years. That's 13 years of sprained ankles, sore muscles, and many athletic trainer sessions. However, the health issues spiked my senior year of high school. I was in the middle of a game when another player and I collided at the hip (yeah, it was shattered and bruised). I was immediately on the ground and couldn't move.
I spent out-of-pocket money on…
Multiple chiropractor visits a week.
At least a ton (literally a ton) of ice packs.
And the medical bills were piling up.
Being one of four children, my parents weren't thrilled with the expenses.
I still play, and still have to go to the chiropractor, and ice my hips, and seem to have heating pads forever glued to me.
This summer I started working for FSAstore.com. I learned that a chiropractor visit is FSA-eligible, the store is stocked with every kind of ice packs you could imagine, and shopping with your FSA takes the stress away from paying your medical bills.
"Where was all of this four years ago" I wondered to myself.
Now, I inform my parents of all the things that are eligible and also apologize for the many (many, many, many) medical bills I racked up.
Here's some of my favorite that I wished I knew were eligible when I was recovering.
Heating pads: Hello, best product ever. Because you can't just sit comfortably in front of the heater.
TENS units: It's like a mini super-power pack. You put it on and all the pain melts away.
Ice packs: We even have ones shaped like pancakes, so like instant buy.
So, that's just my story. I'm calling all those pro athletes, the moms of four football players, and even the dads who train for marathons, check out our Eligibility List for more on what other health essentials you could be saving on!
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