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It’s easy to have achy muscles in areas of the body where it’s difficult to use a heating pad. I sometimes get neck pain if I workout the wrong way or lift heavy objects. Years ago i got a heat sock and it worked perfectly for heat therapy on my neck and back.
My sock is about 16 inches long and is made out of cotton. It’s filled about halfway with rice and the open end of the sock has been stitched shut.
When I use it, I just put it in the microwave for 2 minutes. Then I can drape it around the back of my neck and shoulders, so it’s heats the achy parts. You can adjust the rice so that it’s against your achy muscles.
These socks can get very hot. Be careful when you use it. When I put it around my neck, I make sure to have the material of my shirt between the sock and my skin. As it cools a bit, then I apply the sock directly against the skin. You can use these for muscle aches almost anywhere. It can help women with menstrual cramps. They also make great foot warmers!
I found this terrific video by RisingTideLearning. She demonstrates how to make a number of different sock rice packs, including hand warmers. Hers are easier to make because there’s no sewing involved.
One of my Wisconsin cousins uses dried beans instead of rice. I’ve never tried that. I have found with rice, if I leave it in the microwave too long, there’s a scent of hot rice. But since I associate it with pain relief, I don’t care.
Click on the How to Make a Hot Sock Rice Pack for Sore Achy Muscles link below to see the video.