Friday, July 29, 2011

PEACE - Therapy Bags

I just bought this selection of materials today thinking they would make awesome peaceful shoulder/neck therapy bags!  If you want one of them place your order with me now!     
They will be made just like all the others you see on my blog or FB page!
Relax and be stress free!     

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Saturday, July 9, 2011

New today ...

Soft blue kittens, back side is solid blue!  Purrfectly cozy!
A popular brown with little pink hearts!  Both sides
are the same.  Soft, warm relief!

Friday, July 8, 2011

Heat Therapy More Effective Than Analgesics for Low Back Pain Relief

Heat Therapy More Effective Than Analgesics for Low Back Pain Relief
SOURCE: New Jersey Medical School At UMDNJ--New Jersey Medical School -Researcher Finds Heat Therapy More Effective Than Analgesics for Low Back Pain Relief -Study Published in May 15 Issue of the Journal Spine NEWARK, N.J.--(BW HealthWire)--May 15, 2002--Low level heat therapy is more effective than over-the-counter oral medications for relieving low back pain, according to the results of a nationwide study led by a sports medicine researcher at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ).
In the six-month study involving 371 patients, participants were given the maximum recommended non-prescription dosages of ibuprofen and acetaminophen or low level heat therapy for two days to treat acute low back pain. The results showed that the low level heat therapy provided significantly more pain relief beginning on the first day of treatment than the oral analgesics and that the effects lasted more than 48 hours after the treatment was completed. "Although clinical guidelines in the U.S. have recommended the use of self-administered heat, this is the first study to compare the effectiveness of topical heat treatment versus oral analgesics for treating muscle pain and stiffness," according to Dr. Scott F. Nadler, director of sports medicine at UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School in Newark and co-investigator of the study. "Confirming that this treatment is effective is important to patients because it gives them a treatment option that does not have the potential risk to the liver, kidneys, and gastrointestinal tract than can accompany inappropriate analgesic usage," said Dr. Nadler, who is also an associate professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation at the medical school.
Source:, Date Published: 2002-10-01

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Special order *Beaver* Therapy Bag

Special Order                   Shoulder/Neck Therapy Bag                           One of my co-workers ordered this one!  She has a feeling her son will be using it as much or more than she will.    $35.00
The back side of this is solid black.  Double stitched for durability.

Special Order *Duck* Therapy Shoulder/Neck Bag

This was a special order from a Mom for her son!  Obviously an Oregon Duck fan.  I can not make these specific sports bags to sell unless they are special orders!  If you want one just let me know.   Only $35.00

The back side of this is a solid green.  I make all of my therapy bags with two colors, usually a print with matching back or two tones of a color.  They are all double stitched for durability.

Benefits of Heat Therapy

The benefits of heat therapy are undeniable. It can relieve stiffness and improve circulation by opening blood vessels- relieving pain from arthritis, tendonitits, tennis elbow, sinus headaches, aching feet, shoulder and back pain, and many more conditions! But how does moist heat compare to dry? There are many advantages to using moist therapy over traditional dry heat:

Does Not Dry Out Skin
Dry heat therapy tends to dry out skin. Think about what happens to your skin when it gets too hot inside your house- your skin gets dry and can crack if you do not apply moisturizing lotion. Applying direct heat to your skin will leave your skin drier over time. Moist heat therapy, on the other hand, leaves your skin warmed without drying it out.

Deeper Muscle Penetration
Because moisture transfers heat better than air, moist heat therapy delivers more heat directly to your skin because it loses less heat in the transfer process. The result of this greater heat transfer efficiency is that more of the heat makes its way deep into muscles, joints, ligaments and soft tissue.

Faster Relief of Pain
Due to the deeper muscle penetration, moist therapy relieves pain faster. People who use moist heat therapy report that they start feeling more relaxed faster each time they do the therapy and get better faster overall.

Longer-Term Pain Relief
While people using moist heat therapy tend to report that their pain symptoms are relived faster, they also report that on average the pain relief lasts longer- reducing the need to use this treatment as often. People with chronic conditions like arthritis who use this technique regularly, on average, tend to require moist heat therapy less often than when using dry heat therapy.

My Flax Seed Therapy Bags offer the moist heat therapy to help with longer relief of painful symptoms. In addition the tubular construction helps to keep the heat distributed evenly and lasts longer.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Why I use Flax Seed in my therapy bags

I use Flax Seed, because it is a flower seed, has no cooked food smell in the air or on your clothes because it is not a food product. My Flax Seed Filled Therapy Bags retain their heat for nearly an hour because the oil in the seed has been heated and the shell traps it in, giving off damp moist heat for a longer period of time. For those sensitive to aromas, my handcrafted flax seed products are unscented. If you wish to have a scent, please just ask ... I have Lavendar freshly grown in my garden, but also offer many other essential oils. 
Some offer therapy bags made with corn or rice in them. Corn has a 4% and rice a 10 - 15% oil content and has a tentency to develop a bad odor with continued use. These grain products contain mostly water, which cooks out, leaving the heating medium dehydrated, so it doesn't hold the heat as long and can have an unpleasant odor. My Flax Seed Filled Therapy Bags are made to withstand continued usage that far exceeds the life expectancy of corn or rice as a heat medium.  I also double and sometimes triple stitch the products so they are sure to last a long time.

Neck and Shoulder Sweet Therapy Bag

Reduced Pain, Spasms & Inflammation
Heat therapy stimulates your skin's sensory receptors, which reduces the transmission of pain signals to your brain. Muscle spasms can generate sensations ranging from mild discomfort to marked pain, but heat therapy helps relieve muscle spasm-related pain and relax your tight and tender muscles. Heat therapy can also reduce inflammation--including various types of arthritis.
If you sit at a computer for hours at a time, the perfect weight and design of this therapy bag just makes you say AHHHH!  You will immediately have a sense of relief for the stress built up in your shoulder and neck area!   $35   These sell in spas for much more, but I want them to be affordable for all.  They are double stitched, filled with flax and designed to hold heat (or cold) much longer than other similar type therapy bags - comes in many colors, just contact me by leaving a note here or email at