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Hot Water Bottles For Neck and Back Pain: Everything You Need To Know

Jun 11, 2018 11:08:00 AM / by Wellcare


In simple terms, a hot water bottle is a container that is filled with hot water and then sealed using a stopper. It is used to apply heat to different parts of the body to aid in pain management.

Uses of a hot water bottle

While hot water bottles can be used to provide warmth during cold winter nights, they are mostly used for relief from bodily aches and pains. They can be used in the following ways:

  • Soothe menstrual cramps

  • Relieve neck and back pain

  • Pacify headaches

  • Lessen stomach cramps

People have been using hot water bottles to alleviate all kinds of body pain for hundreds of years, and you are probably one of them. However, the question is: Is it still advisable to use them to help with symptoms like neck and back pain? Some people don't recommend it, because there are are some possible dangers to using a hot water bottle.

Hot water bottles are usually made of rubber, and though heat-resistant, they can still burn your skin if the water inside is too hot. In addition to that, the hot water can cause the quality of the rubber to deteriorate over time and again lead to skin burns.

With hot water bottles, you also run the risk of leakage. If you neglect to tightly close the seal or if the hot water bottle you have is poorly made, the hot water can seep through small gaps in the lid and burn your skin.

Another disadvantage of a hot water bottle is the uneven temperature of the liquid inside. It starts off hot, but the water will naturally start to cool as the minutes pass.

There is no reason to still use hot water bottles, especially now that there are much better alternatives. If you are experiencing chronic back or neck problems and want a way to ease your pain, you should buy yourself an electric heating pad.

Get an electric heating pad instead

Electric heating pads are products used for dry heat therapy, and they are far more useful at managing pain than a hot water bottle. With a heating pad, you gain the following benefits:

  • Reduction of the stiffness in your joints

  • Enhanced blood circulation throughout your entire body

  • Effectively help muscles in most parts of our relax

  • Prevention of inflammation

  • Improved comfort levels

Unlike hot water bottles that get colder as time passes, the temperature of a heating pad stays the same while you’re using it. It’s going to stay as warm as the moment you first plugged it. The best part of an electric heating pad is that you don’t have to make the effort of heating up some water when you want to use it. You just need to connect to an electrical socket and you’re done. How easy is that?

Electrical heating pads have now become state-of the art products, and they can no longer compared to heating pads from 10 or 20 years ago. Today, high-quality heating solutions have a wide variety of advantages including:

  • Highly customisable temperature settings

  • Completely washable product

  • Automatic shut-off feature

  • Lightweight and portable

  • Usable on the neck, back, legs, and other parts of the body

These aforementioned features cannot be found on a simple hot water bottle, which is why you should consider using heating pads instead.


Wellcare is here for you


We aspire for better health for our readers, liberate them from their painful episodes, and empower them to pursue their goals and aspirations, and future endeavours pain-free.


From heating cushions to electric heating pads, Wellcare offers an array of convenient solutions that can not only help you reduce neck or back muscle stress, but also give you warmth and comfort during cold winter nights.


We use only high-quality fabrics such as fleece in order to make you as cosy as possible. In addition to that, we manufacture our products under strict guidelines to ensure your complete safety. Our electric heating products have an automatic shut-off feature to prevent overheating and skin burns.


All our products are equipped with the 4D Dynamic Warmth Flow (4D DWF) technology. An innovation in the electric heating market, the 4D DWF mimics the human body’s breathing system to provide even heat distribution throughout the surface of the product.


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Topics: Body & Muscle Pain


Written by Wellcare

Wellcare Co., LTD. was established in 1995 with “increasing the value of life and creating family happiness” as the company’s original goal with a focus on delivering better life experience through healthcare products and relaxation technologies.

Original publish date: June 11, 2018, Revision Date: August 31, 2022

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