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The Bodycare Salt Heater

 

This product has to be seen to be believed. A plastic pouch full of green-blue jelly. Sitting in the goo is a small metal disk. Press on this and the whole pack begins to crystallise and generate up to 54°C of heat in just a few seconds.

This is apparently known as an exothermic reaction taking place in a non-toxic solution of sodium acetate.

The heat generated will last anywhere from 30 minutes up to 3 hours, depending on conditions, and can be used to relieve aches and pains on the golf course or at home, or simply to warm the hands on a cold day. It is very soothing, steady heat, and the pack can be moulded onto the affected area to maximise comfort and relief.

What is even more remarkable is that the process is reversible hundreds of times. Simply boil the bag in a saucepan of water until all the crystals have completely melted and the product can be carried around and used again. (Click here to see the instructions for use.)

The Salt Heater is available in a range of shapes and sizes to suit different uses. Pictured above left is the small hand-warming pack which can be carried in the pocket. There is a larger heater for the lower back, stomach cramps and hips, a neck heater (below) to wrap around the neck and shoulders, and a pack for the wrists, elbows and ankles. The makers also sell a ceramic stone belt to hold the large heater pack and maximise the heat output, which has a velcro strap to allow the pack to be worn while moving around.

The packs are recommended for the relief of pain associated with arthritis, neuralgia, rheumatism, lumbago and migraine, but also for cramps, muscular aches, tennis elbow, sprains and stress relief.

Packs can be customised in shape, size and colour for corporate promotional purposes. Full details are on the company website.

Starting at only £10 by e-mail order for the handwarmer, the Salt Heater products are a very practical, transportable solution for aches and pains as well as an excellent gift for aficionados of bad weather golf.

Clive Carpenter
June 2006


For more information about The Bodycare Salt Heater products visit www.saltheater.com.
Email order is available from saltheater@hotmail.com.


 




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