Heating pads are a form of heat therapy to soothe muscle and joint aches and pains.
The heat from heating pads loosens stiff joints and muscles, and ice or cold therapy helps swollen and painful joints.
People with joint pain can alternate between hot and cold therapy but must wait a couple of hours between each application.
Research shows heat therapy can help relieve menstrual cramps. Heat can reduce muscle tension and relax the surrounding abdominal and pelvic muscles. This may help reduce pain due to muscle spasms.
The increased blood circulation can also help reduce fluid retention and swelling, reducing any pain due to nerve compression.