ThermaCare® Muscle & Joint product is a flexible, therapeutic heat patch with a patented method of CLHT (Continuos Low Heat Therapy) that can be applied to multiple locations on the body, offering relief from muscle pain associated with muscle and joint aches, stiffness, tightness, muscle spasms, menstrual cramps and arthritis.
This revolutionary product was first introduced by Procter and Gamble in 2001, offering a novel and effective alternative to hot water bottles and heating pads. It is completely safe, offering a continuous heat therapy (at 104 degrees) through heat cells encased in a synthetic cloth that adheres to the affected body region by self-adhesive strips. Scientific studies have proven that this type of slow, consistent heat relaxes muscles by reducing the muscle constrictions and blood vessel swelling. There are no magnets in the disks, nor is there latex in the bindings; the heat is released slowly, over 8 hours, and is portable and safe. There are no lingering, unpleasant odors as from muscle relaxing creams and the user is free to move about while receiving the therapy.
This product has been popular with athletes and everyday consumers suffering from back and muscle pain since it was introduced. It is available in various sizes, from small through xx large and in shapes designed for lower back and hips, knees and elbows, and hands and wrists. In addition to the heat therapy items, there are now Cold Therapy wraps that are effective in reducing swelling from sprains and similar injuries. These cold wraps can be used successfully in RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation) prescriptions to alleviate sprains. Another new variation is the wrap is for menstrual pain that work to relieve related pains and discomfort.
The product line was acquired by Wyeth in 2008 and in 2009, by Pfizer, who is the current manufacturer. The annual sales of this product, available in drug store and discount store locations around the world, totaled $100 million in 2012.