Let’s take a look at the (major) differences between the commonly used electric heating pad and far infrared heating pad, to help you make the best choice. Take UTK far infrared heating padand Sunbam electric heating pad for example.
Electric heating pad: Until you turn it off
Far infrared heating pad: Up to 6 hours after treatment
The “regular” heating pad for back pain that you can get from your local pharmacy uses electricity to create heat. This type of heat penetrates a mere 2-3 mm and basically only warms your skin (and in some cases burns it, like it did mine).
The heat never reaches deep into your muscles, tissues or organs. This is exactly why any pain relief you feel disappears the minute your pad is shut off.
On the other hand, the far infrared heating pad uses natural jade stones, or carbon fibers to emit infrared rays, which penetrate much deeper into your body – all the way to your muscles, nerves, and bones.
When far infrared waves penetrate through the skin it turns from light energy into heat energy.
Using a far infrared heating pad for about 30 minutes can get you up to 6 hours (!!) of back pain relief – without any medication.
Plus, the deep penetrating infrared rays do not only relieve your pain, they actually increase blood circulation in your muscles and help your body HEAL the injured area – faster.
Safety of Electric Heating Pads vs. Infrared Heating Pads
Infrared rays are a part of the Sun’s invisible spectrum. It can’t be seen but it can be felt as heat. They can’t burn you and are 100% safe for all living things.
Far infrared heating pads do not emit UV radiation at all.
It is so safe in fact, that Far Infrared heat is used in many neonatal units.
Electric heating pads, on the other hand, produce something else other than heat. They produce an electromagnetic field (EMF).
All electric devices produce electromagnetic fields and by now most of us know how dangerous EMF radiation can be.
This is why you should not live in a house near high voltage power lines. According to the EPA, these fields have been linked to leukemia, lymphomas and other types of cancer.
If that’s not enough, just ask around and you will learn how many people have suffered skin burns caused by their heating pad.
After comparison, you will better know the differences between the far infrared heating pad and the electric heating pad. Customers can choose the heating pad according to their own demands.