Flexeze Patches are the safe, convenient way to relieve tense or tight muscles for up to 12 hours. Each patch contains a soft, flexible backing that adheres to underclothing and can be removed easily. It bends and flexes as you move.
FlexEze Air-Activated Heat Patches are designed to warm gradually and reach maximum heat in approx 30 minutes. Air-activated, we recommend you do not open the pouch until ready to use.
Combining the FlexEze Body Wrap with the FlexEze Heat Patch, allows you to treat a larger area and easily reposition patches. Ideal for overnight use and people with sensitive skin.
DVA, TAC and WorkCover fund supply of FlexEze Heat wraps on supporting Physiotherapy authority requests for eligible patients suffering low back pain.
Directions: Open pouch, remove the patch and peel off protective strip. Apply patch to underclothing over the troublesome area, sticky side down. Press firmly. DO NOT APPLY DIRECTLY ONTO SKIN, IF SKIN IS SENSITIVE. In such circumstances, heat patches should be used with the heat FlexEze wrap.
Made from all-natural ingredients, each patch contains iron powder, charcoal and salt and is totally biodegradable and environmentally friendly.
HEAT WRAP THERAPY- Now a recommended treatment guideline for low back pain
The use of Flexeze patches together with the wrap allows for continuous low heat therapy, which is now regarded as a treatment guideline recommendation in the management of low back pain. This has been researched recently in a study at Prince Alfred Hospital- http://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/bmjopen/8/4/e019052.full.pdf
During this study trial, Heat wraps were used in the emergency departments with presenting low back pain patients to develop improvements to the current management of low back pain. This now completed trial ran for 7 months and supports recommendations of change to current best practices of low back pain. This includes not only the use of superficial heat wrap therapy but a focus on reduction of imaging and opioid use combined with patient education in low back pain and self-management guidance. The study is currently being written up for publication due at the end of 2019.
Importantly for therapists to note is that the term ‘superficial heat’ used in treatment guideline recommendations refers to ‘low-level continuous heat wrap therapy’ with the supporting RCT studies conducted on this form of thermotherapy rather than simply a hot water bottle or wheat bag/gel pack. Clinical advantages of Heat wraps over wheat bags/hot water bottles is to enable patients to remain ambulatory whilst receiving low-level continuous heat therapy, encouraging movement and exercise. The combination of heat and motion aligns well with Physiotherapy practices and philosophy to actively increase soft tissue elasticity, promote circulatory function, inhibit pain signalling and improve trunk flexibility.
The American College of Physicians – ACP guidelines for back pain also recommend the use of‘ superficial heat’ in the form of Heat wraps for low back pain- http://annals.org/aim/fullarticle/2603228/noninvasive-treatments-acute-subacute-chronic-low-back-pain-clinical-practice.