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HOW TO MAKE A HOMEMADE HEATING PAD

Sister Namibia; Windhoek Vol. 29, Iss. 1,  (Jan/Mar 2017): 31.

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Heating pads are one of the most useful items to have around the house. Whether you're experiencing muscle soreness after overexerting yourself exercising, having menstrual cramps, or just feeling chilly at night, having a heating pad around can be a life-saver.

It's been proven that heat can relieve muscle pain by dilating the blood vessels in the muscles, which allows levels of oxygen and nutrients to increase, minimising the pain. Applying heat to muscles also stretches the soft tissue, relieving stiffness. You could also use the heating pad to warm up during the colder winter months.

This DIY will show how to make your own heating pad that can be reheated whenever you're feeling like you need a little more care.

While the general method for making this heating pad requires a microwave, a simple shift can allow you to use an oven as an alternate method.

MATERIALS NEEDED:

* Sock

* 2 cups of rice (use more if you prefer the heating pad to be firmer)

* Microwave or Oven

* Measuring cup

DIRECTIONS FOR MICROWAVE

1 Make sure you have all of your materials assembled

2 Open up the sock, and pour in the rice

3 Tie the open end of the sock as tight as possible to prevent spills

4 Place the stuffed sock into the microwave, warm for approximately two minutes, checking on it every thirty seconds, and apply the heating pad to the affected area

5 Alternate directions for oven: Place the stuffed sock into a glass baking dish and into the oven at 150 °C for 15 minutes. Be very careful to keep checking on the oven to prevent scorching.

WHENEVER YOU FEEL THE NEED To APPLY HEAT, RE-HEATTHE PAD. HEATING PADS MAKE GREAT GIFTS AS WELL!