Electric (Regular) versus Far Infrared

There’s no doubt that using a heating pad for back pain or other similar reasons is a great way to get dramatic pain relief – without medication. But why are far infrared heating pads more expensive than electric heating pads?

Do they relieve pain better?

Do they last longer?

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.

Heating Pads for Back Pain – Electric vs. Infrared

Electric Heating Pads                          Infrared Heating Pads
Pain Relief Until you turn it off                         Up to 6 hours after treatment
Heat via Wires Carbon Polymer (not wires)
Heat Penetration 2-3 mm 5 cm
EMF radiation High Low

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 many cases burns it).

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, our far infrared heating pad uses a high performance Polymeric rubber to emit infrared rays, which penetrate much deeper into your body – all the way to your muscles, nerves and bones.

It can be run direct from mains via a mobile phone charger or a 5v powerband for on the move.

Running costs are a fraction of Electric pads and will provide over 200 hours of safe penetrating heat for under 15 pence.

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.

Electric Heating Pad vs. FIR Heating

While an electric heating pad has no other health benefits other than temporarily heating of your skin, the Journal of American Medical has published a list of the health benefits of far infrared therapy:

  • Long lasting pain relief
  • Reduction of arthritis pain
  • Increasing of blood circulation (promoting a faster recovery and cleansing of your whole body)
  • Helps to remove toxins in the body
  • Improves range of motion
  • Promotes stress relief and relaxation Reduction in pain
  • High Mobility (can also be run from 5v powerbank)