Wheat bags or wheat warmers - as they are commonly known - are a great way to treat injuries or seek pain relief. They can even be used simply to cosy up with for comforting warmth. There are however a few occasions when it is not a good idea to use a wheat warmer. A reputable manufacturer of wheat bags will always provide detailed safety information with every wheat bag they sell, we like the simple user guide and safety information provided by WheatWarmers
- If you have bruising or swelling as a result of an injury in the past 48 hours, avoid using heat therapy. In these circumstances it is best to use a wheat bag that has been kept in the freezer, for your own comfort wrap in a towel before applying to the skin.
- Avoid using a wheat bag on open wounds or damaged skin. For example, if you have a hot and itchy rash, it is better to treat the rash first rather than apply a cold wheat bag to sooth the itching. Where there is any doubt it is always best to seek medical advice first.
- Care should be taken when giving a wheat warmer to a vulnerable person for example a young child, an elderly person or an ill patient. Whoever is using the wheat bag should have the ability to move the wheat bag of themselves if they become uncomfortable.
- Heat therapy should not be used in combination with medicated creams or ointments.
- Prolonged use of hot or cold therapy is not advisable. For muscle pain relief, use heat therapy for up to an hour and then take a break, repeat later if necessary. Avoid using the wheatbag continuously as the skin can become irritable and the pain relief will not be as effective.
The most effective way to use a wheat warmer safely is to follow the manufacturer's guidelines. A common complaint is a bad smell. When wheat bags are overheated they will smell of charring or burning, therefore it is very important to follow the heating guide times. Placing a small cup of water occasionally in the microwave when heating the wheat bag maintains the water content in the wheat grains and prevents the grains drying out and burning.
Always test the temperature of the wheat bag before applying to the body. Watch out for general signs of wear and tear to ensure your prodcut is safe to use. A standard wheat bag should last for years if well cared for. A full range of wheat bags is available at WheatWarmers.
Enjoy your wheat bag.