Thermal pads or heat pads are used for relaxing strained muscles, knots and body cramps. While thermal pads can be purchased from various drug stores, you can make your own thermal pads as well. How to make thermal pads is not a very complicated task if you are aware of the correct requirements and the ways to put them together. The following points will talk about the steps required to make a thermal pad.
Avail A Multipurpose Gel Pack
A multipurpose gel pack is easy to avail as they are sold in all drug stores. Such a gel will have dual benefits as it can be used either for cold therapy or heated in the microwave for hot therapy. The gels are not very costly. Check the manufacturing and expiry date to ensure that you get maximum benefit from the gel.
Prepare A Fabric Pocket
Take measurements of the gel pack excluding the cover of the pack. Keep a record of the measurements as this will be needed when making a pouch for keeping the gel pack. On the basis of the measurements taken by you, your measurements for the pouch will be taken. Add two inches to the length and width of the measurement and take this as the final measurement for your thermal pouch.
Preparing a thermal pouch is quite easy. Since the pouch will come in direct contact with the skin of the body, so ensure that the material used to make the pouch is not allergic to the skin. Any kind of comfortable cloth material like cotton, towel or felt can be used to prepare the pad. Just ensure that the pouch stitched is large enough to easily hold your gel pack. Fold the towel or cotton fabric over the gel tube and stitch its sides shut to encase the tube within it.
Add a zipper to the small end of the pouch so that you get to slide in and out the gel pack easily. This will also help you to wash the pouch when required. In case you plan to keep the ends open, ensure that the opening has the correct measurement to hold onto the pouch tightly.
Add An Attachment
To keep the thermal pad in its place, add to the pouch belts with Velcro at the ends. This will fasten the pad around the affected area, preventing it from slipping. Elastic belts are another great option as they can be adjusted as per the surface area around which the pad has to be applied. Typically, take body measurements to add elastic to the thermal pouch. You can improvise by adding adjustable clips that can be used to shorten or lengthen the size of the elastic. Your thermal pad is ready to be used.
While buying thermal pads can be a costly affair, the understanding of how to make thermal pads will help you to make a cost effective pad at home. Moreover, you will remain aware of the quality of the thermal gel used in the pad and can change it when required.