I have a very serious muscle strain in my upper back at the moment. I overdid some push-ups a few weeks back and I have been living with the pain for almost two weeks now. I have tried pain medication, muscle relaxers, oral steroids, foam rolling, yoga, and heat and cold therapy. I am still hoping it will get better, because the next step is seeing a specialist to possibly give me a steroid injection. The reason for this post is to give anyone with this similar issue a quick heads up on two heat therapy products I have just tried.
I tried ThermaCare HeatWraps and Tylenol Precise Pain Relieving Heat Patch.
The ThermaCare one does exactly what it says: provides 8 hours of heat. I put it on before bed and it was still hot when I woke up in the morning. The Tylenol one was a huge waste of money! It came with 4 patches. The first one did not work. No heat at all. I suspected it was a dud. I gave it a second try and the “heat” this one provided was so minimal, I was unsure if it was working or not.
If you have a muscle pull or strain or need to relax tight muscles, basically only buy the ThermaCare brand.