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Size: 14 x 27 inches
Designed for Back/Hip/Leg/Shoulders
HAND HELD Switch - Hold switch down to heat, release to cool

Nearly twice the size of most standard heating pads. Providing an area of heat therapy large enough to cover the entire spinal area, the length of a hip and leg or all across both shoulders, to effectively relieve pain and relax all the associated muscles - not just one small, isolated point.

Original Thermophore Automatic Moist Heat Pack is designed with a special hand-held switch. Just press for heat, release to cool and alternate as often as you like. If you happen to doze off and your hand relaxes, the unit will cool as a safety feature.

Specs
  • Size: 14 by 27 inches
  • Weight: 4 lbs
  • Cord Length: 6 feet
  • Maximum Temperature: 180°F
  • Electrical Specifications: 110 Volts; 150 Watts - 60 HZ A.C.
  • Recommended Application Time: 15 - 20 minutes at a time
Unfortunately, we are no longer able to repair Thermophore units, because of a variety of regulatory, quality and liability concerns. We do not recommend trying to repair or replace any components yourself, as it may cause a safety hazard. As an indication of our confidence in our products, we have extended our warranty coverage to two years from the date of purchase on all Thermophore units. We will replace any Thermophore pack that was purchased within the past two years and does not work properly because of a manufacturing defect. Please save your receipt to confirm date of purchase. If no receipt is available, we can determine the date of manufacture by the serial number stamped on the heating unit to estimate the date of purchase. Please DO NOT send your unit to us until you call our Customer Service Department at 800-253-0854 for instructions. We can often resolve the issue for you over the phone.
Model: 055
Size: 14 inches x 27 inches
Watts: 150
Maximum temperatures: 80°C or 176° F if switch is on continuously
Surface temperatures: About 170°F


What Is Deep-Heat Therapy?
Only Thermophore brand heat packs provide true Deep-Heat Therapy, by combining three key components:
1. A quick rush of intense heat, to relax muscle spasms, relieve pain and increase circulation to speed your body’s natural healing action.
2. Moisture, to significantly enhance the penetrating power of heat and your body’s reaction to heat therapy.
3. Self-contouring materials that shape to your body’s curves, for maximum contact with painful areas.How Does it Work?

Heat therapy is often overlooked in the desperate search for pain relief, but research proves this simple, natural method can alleviate pain better than many of the more complex, invasive strategies. 

Heat therapy enhances your body’s inherent healing power by stimulating circulation to remove toxins and increase the supply of rich, oxygenated nutrients available to damaged tissues. 

Meanwhile, comforting heat works to soothe painful joints, reduce inflammation, relax knotted muscles and calm pain receptors.
Utilizing Deep-Heat™ therapy at the first sign of a problem can often help avoid development of a chronic pain cycle!


Unfortunately, Thermophore is no longer able to repair Thermophore products, due to a variety of regulatory, quality and liability concerns. We do not recommend trying to repair or replace any components yourself, as it may cause a safety hazard. As an indication of Thermophore's confidence in their products, they have extended the warranty coverage to two years from the date of purchase on all Thermophore units. They will replace any Thermophore pack that was purchased within the past two years and does not work properly because of a manufacturing defect. Please save your receipt to confirm date of purchase. If no receipt is available, we can determine the date of manufacture by the serial number stamped on the heating unit to estimate the date of purchase. Please DO NOT send your unit to us until you call our Customer Service Department at 800-253-0854 for instructions. We can often resolve the issue for you over the phone.

Question:
Why is moist heat more effective than dry heat (or no heat at all) in relieving pain?
Answer:
It has been proven that water is a more effective conductor of heat than air - in fact, moist heat has been shown to penetrate 27 times better than dry heat! In addition, body tissues are able to tolerate moist heat at a higher temperature than dry heat. As this intense heat penetrates painful body tissues, blood vessels dilate, increasing the circulation in the area. The increased blood flow relieves inflammation, brings additional oxygen, carries away toxins and waste for healing, and provides relief from pain. The Thermophore® unit makes what medical professionals call a "hot fomentation compress" without adding water, to ease the cycle of pain and muscle spasm and allow for more natural movement and comfortable rest. It is especially effective in providing relief from the pain of arthritis, back or neck pain, fibromyalgia, sciatic pain, muscle strains or respiratory congestion.

Question:
Is it necessary to add moisture to the Thermophore® Pack?
Answer:
No, you add nothing. You don't need to be dripping wet for effective moist heat therapy - just a light layer of water vapor is all you need, and most homes have plenty of humidity in the air to provide the necessary moisture. In some regions of extremely low humidity, it may be necessary to store the Thermophore® cover in a humidified room or the laundry or bathroom, where there is more moisture in the air. Often, just washing the cover will allow the fabric to re-absorb plenty of moisture. There are no chemicals to wear out, and no special treatment of the fabric is required - it can be washed and dried as needed.

Question:
Where does the moisture come from?
Answer:
Each Thermophore® unit has a specially woven fleece cover. Between uses, this cover traps moisture from the atmosphere in the air spaces between the textile strands. Although the fabric does not feel wet, the application of quick, intense heat will generate this moisture into water vapor to increase the benefit of heat therapy. When activated, the Thermophore® heating unit becomes intensely hot very quickly. Through what is known as "hygroscopic action", the moisture moves away from the source of heat to the cooler body tissue. When properly applied, a light layer of moisture is produced between the Thermophore® unit and the body, to allow a deeper, more effective transfer of heat into painful areas.

Question:
How can I be sure my Thermophore® is producing moisture?
Answer:
After placing the hot pack unit inside the cover, plug the unit in and lay it out flat on a glass or Formica table or counter top. Either hold the switch down (if you are using the original Automatic Moist Heat Pack™) or push the "on" button (if you are using the Arthritis Pad™). Let the unit warm for about 5 minutes to activate the moisture in the fleece cover. When you pick up the pad at the end of 5 minutes, you should see tiny moisture drops on the glass or Formica surface. If you run your hand over the surface, you can feel the moisture and see streaks of water.

Question:
Can I use the Thermophore® over my clothing?
Answer:
We recommend using the Thermophore® directly on the skin, if possible, so that the moist heat can penetrate most effectively and deeply into the tissue. Using it over pajamas or a shirt will also work if that is more convenient for you. Metal buttons, clips or buckles on clothing under the Thermophore® may become quite hot, and should not be allowed to contact skin directly until they have had a chance to cool. We recommend that you do not lay on top of a Thermophore®, because it will reduce the effectiveness of your moist heat therapy and may damage the components inside your Thermophore®.

Question:
Why doesn't the Thermophore® Pack have a switch with lower heat settings?
Answer:
The first thing many users notice is that our units do not have the typical "low/medium/high" temperature settings. The Thermophore® is so effective because it gets much hotter, and heats much more quickly, than ordinary heating pads; it would not provide such effective moist heat therapy at significantly lower temperatures.

To be most effective, moist heat therapy must be intensely hot and alternate with periods of cooling. For best results, the painful tissues need to be heated enough to greatly increase the circulation of blood, reduce inflammation and relieve muscle spasm.

Question:
Why does the Thermophore® Automatic Moist Heat Pack™ have a special, spring-loaded switch?
Answer:
The Thermophore® pack treatment is so soothing and relaxing that users often doze off as their pain and tension eases. If the user does fall asleep while using the original Thermophore® Automatic Moist Heat Pack™, their hand will relax, automatically turning the unit off. No other product has a safety switch quite like the Thermophore® Automatic Moist Heat Pack™.

Our Thermophore® Arthritis Pad™ offers the quality and intense heat users have come to expect, plus the added convenience of a pre-set control to leave your hands free. Users turn the heat on and off with simple push-buttons to control the level of heat to their personal preference. If they happen to doze off or become distracted during treatment, the unit automatically shuts off at the end of the current 20-minute cycle.

Question:
Why is the Thermophore® Pack so much heavier than ordinary heating pads?
Answer:
To relieve aches and pains, it is necessary for the heat to effectively transfer deeply into body tissues. To make the Thermophore® pack more efficient, we have positioned weights to cause the Thermophore® pack to conform to body contours. This reduces air spaces between the Thermophore® hot pack and body, so more heat is transmitted to the body tissues. Ordinary stiff plastic heating pads leave air pockets, which result in uneven transfer of heat.

Question:
Why do the instructions say "Do not sit or lie on your Thermophore®?
Answer:
The warning not to sit or lie on top of your heating pad is required by UL Standards, the guidelines used by the industry for testing and approval. It must be included on any product that is currently tested and approved for sale in the US by UL, ETL, or any other Certified Testing Lab.

The Thermophore® is constructed with heater wires in a fabric foundation. Folding or lying on top of the unit traps and intensifies the heat at "pressure points." The Thermophore® is also able to trap more moisture from the atmosphere when it is not insulated between your body and the cushioning of your furniture or bed. In addition, our units reach a much higher temperature than ordinary heating pads and it would be possible to damage your skin (or your furniture) by trapping and intensifying this heat.

Compressing the Thermophore® when it has become folded or bunched under your body can also damage the special metal strips inside, and they serve several functions. They hold the heater wires in place throughout the entire area of the Thermophore®, help distribute the heat and retain the heat level when the switch is shut off, increase the production of moisture, and make the heating unit mold against the contours of your body to make good contact for even transfer of heat. Lying or sitting on a Thermophore® will often mangle these strips, reducing there effectiveness.

Question:
I smell something when I use my Thermophore®. What is it that I'm smelling?
Answer:
The fabric and electrical components of the Thermophore® sometimes give off a bit of an odor, especially the first few times they are heated. This is normal.

Question:
Should I use the heat therapy of a Thermophore® or the cold therapy of Ice It!® to treat my arthritis pain?
Answer:
Most professionals have concluded that personal preference may ultimately be the most important aspect that determines which type of therapy will work best for a particular patient - which makes very good sense. If you don't like cold therapy, you won't be as likely to continue using it regularly. If moist heat therapy is difficult or uncomfortable for you, there is a higher chance that you will begin to skip sessions.

A study reported in the December 2006 Journal of Clinical Rheumatology, asked 150 patients visiting a clinic for joint pain to fill out questionnaires regarding their response to treatment with ice or heat. Twenty-six patients indicated that they had never tried ice or heat.

Of the remaining 124 patients:
• 20 patients had gout diagnosed by crystals
• 32 patients had rheumatoid arthritis
• 32 patients had osteoarthritis
• 18 patients had other types of inflammatory arthritis
• 22 patients had soft tissue conditions

Question:
Why might a doctor or physical therapist tell me to use both hot and cold therapy for pain?
Answer:
Medical professionals have learned that many problems can respond well to either hot or cold therapy, and their experience has been that one or the other may work better under certain conditions. Often, it is most effective to alternate hot and cold therapy to stimulate circulation, relieve pain and relax muscle spasm. Your doctor or physical therapist has the experience and training to understand your body and the problems you are having, and will be your best source of advice.

Question:
What types of problems respond well to moist heat therapy?
Answer:
Moist heat therapy has long been the preferred treatment for many types of acute (short-term) or long-lasting, chronic pain. Headache, including sinus pain or migraine can be relieved or minimized with the application of heat to the face or back of the neck. The lingering after-effects of sports injuries, surgeries, broken bones or auto accidents can often be reduced by using heat (after the first 24-hours) to increase circulation to the area, which will help reduce bruising, swelling, muscle spasm, inflammation, stiffness and pain. Tendon and/or joint problems such as TMJ, carpal tunnel, tendonitis, tennis elbow, rotator cuff (shoulder) pain or any type of knee pain (whether from torn cartilage, hyper-extension, arthritis or surgery) often respond well to moist heat therapy after the acute stage. Many types of muscle spasm, back pain, neck pain, arthritis pain - nearly any condition that involves pain, swelling or inflammation - may be relieved to a surprising extent by a quick moist heat therapy session with your Thermophore®.

Family members who suffer from chronic conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, even those coping with the pain of cancer, will often find the soothing pain relief of a Thermophore® to be a dependable pain management tool. Inventive customers who are undergoing kidney dialysis, or phlebotomists who do frequent blood draws, report that they use our Thermophore® Muff to warm the area and increase blood flow to make it easier and more comfortable to find a good vein and insert the needle for their procedure.

Question:
How often can treatments be applied?
Answer:
Beneficial results continue for several hours after each treatment. If needed, the Thermophore® Pack can be applied two or three times daily. Maximum results are usually obtained within thirty minutes, and treatments should not last longer unless prescribed by your physician.

Question:
Can I use a Thermophore® with my pacemaker?
Answer:
This is the type of question that we would refer to your physician. He knows your medical condition and can evaluate situation, or will help you contact the manufacturer of your pacemaker to discuss the question with them.

Question:
Why not just buy an ordinary heating pad, instead of a Thermophore® unit?
Answer:
An ordinary heating pad is not hot enough to provide the same level of comfort and pain relief as the Thermophore®. Thermophore® Heat Packs are hot fomentation products and are viewed as a medical device by medical professionals. An ordinary heating pad will keep you warm and help you begin to relax, but it will not penetrate deeply into tissue and will not be as effective as a Thermophore® Pack. If you suffer from pain that interferes with your life or keeps you from getting a good night's rest, you will be grateful that you invested in the comfort, pain relief and relaxation of a genuine Battle Creek® Thermophore® product.

Question:
Why is Thermophore® better than other types of pain relievers?
Answer:
Especially in light of the recent concerns over many arthritis medications, consumers are looking for pain relief methods with no drug side-effects, and there are certainly many available at lower prices. However, none perform like the Thermophore® pack, and you could spend hundreds of dollars on ineffective products and medical expenses while you struggle to find comfort. When quality of life suffers because of pain, a Thermophore® pack is a smart investment.

Many consumers have now become discouraged by the low heat levels and relatively high cost for long-term use of the disposable heat pack products. They do not get high enough levels of heat from ordinary heating pads to adequately relieve their pain. Consumers know and trust the Thermophore® name, and often encourage friends or family with pain issues to try a Thermophore® pack. Arthritis, bursitis, fibromyalgia, sciatica, muscle spasm, monthly cramps, chest congestion, back, neck or sinus pain - even TMJ pain, can be relieved for hours.

Question:
How should I wash the outer fleece cover for my Thermophore®?
Answer:
If your Thermophore® is an older unit (purchased prior to 2005) the cover is 100% cotton. It should be washed in cold water and allowed to air dry, in order to avoid shrinking. If you have purchased a new Thermophore®, the cover is a cotton/poly blend which can be machine washed and dried. The inner fabric cover of the heating unit itself is not washable.

Thermophore Heat Pad (model 055)$59.95
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GREAT PRODUCT 5 EXCELLENT PRODUCT. WE PURCHASED THEM LAST YEAR TO GIVE OUR CHILDREN A GOOD, WARM CHRISTMAS
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ok product but needs better switch 3 The moist heat is good and this pad is used in physical therapy offices. The switch needs to be better. My wife's pad shorted at the micro-switch in less than a year. I bought an inline switch at Wal-Mart. Not an easy fix. Without the proper tools, parts and trade experience the average person would find it difficult to effect the repair. After the fix it worked for about a year then the heat stopped working. Storing the pad flat or on a shelf is my recommendation. Don't fold it, roll it, or store it back in the box. I am going to try another brand.
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Still the Best 5 My old pad gave up after 20 years of service. Decided to buy the best, so I did. Great product.
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GOOD PRODUCT AND GOOD RETAILER 5 The recent purchase of the heating pad is a replacement for the same model that I have owned and used for decades. The new one is lighter in weight, has an improved on/off switch but is just as strong and effective as the original. If there is a better one somewhere, I did not find it.
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Termophore Heat Pad 5 This is my 3third heating pad , the other 2 I used all the time for an injured neck and I have back problems. I had them for 21 years and wouldn't use any other one because there is none better than this one.
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Review of Heating Pad 5 Arrived very quickly and it's an excellent product
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Dc'd 5 I love the heating pad. I was so impressed with my order from you, I received the order just two days after ordering. Thanks for such great service.
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Thermophore Heating Pad model 055 5 This Heating Pad is a real help to me as I have cronic pain and this is the only releif I get. I started using your heating pad 3 years ago and have ordered 2 from the supplier in town. The mark up on the product here is outragious and I just could not afford it. A friend suggested going on line to see if I could afford it on your web site. I Got I t for half the price they sell it for here in my home town. I have been pain free since I started using it the day I recieved it. Thank you for making a product that will help so many. I will be a customer for life.
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Thermophore Automatic Moist Heat Pad 055 5 I love this heating pad. It is not my first and my first is still going. I gave my first to my best friend who has been a God send to me and was in pain because of overwork. I had my first one for over 30+ years and it still works great. I decided to buy myself a new one and I pray that this one lasts as well. The best heat ever and very safe.
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Thermophore 5 We would like to say ,that the moist heating pad arrived the next day .And it was a replacement to the one we had that lasted for 20 yrs.and burnt out the day befor.We were happy to fine a replacement on the internet.we can,t begin to say how happy we were to fine one again . the 055 is much larger than the old one . Thank you. for the fast service
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THERMOPHOR AUTOMATIC LG. HEATING PAD 5 I PERSONALLY HAVE HAD ONE OF THESE VERY LARGE HEATING MOIST AND DRY PADS WITH THE 'MANUAL' BUTTON THAT YOU HOLD DOWN, FOR 19 YEARS! IT STILL FUNCTIONS PERFECTLY!!!

I JUST BOUGHT ANOTHER ONE FOR MY DAD WHO WILL BE 93 YEARS OLD IN FEBRUARY; HE STRUGGLES WITH SOME ARTHRITIS IN HIS SHOULDERS, AND WE GAVE IT TO HIM EARLY FOR HIS CHRISTMAS PRESENT. HE LOVES IT, TOO!!!

IT'S WONDERFUL TO BUY A PRODUCT STILL MADE IN THE GOOD OLD USA AND BATTLE CREEK PRODUCTS ARE WONDERFUL! I WOULD RECOMMEND THEM TO ANYONE!! HAVE EVEN USED THIS PARTICULAR MODEL IN PHYSICAL THERAPY!

GET ONE SOON! IT'S EVEN NICE TO HAVE IN BED IN THE COLD NIGHTS, AND THE MANUAL HOLD DOWN BUTTON IS A GREAT SAFETY HELP!
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Thermophore Heat Pad 5 This is my 3rd one in since 1998 I was in a bad car accident and if it were not for this heating pad I would have to take drugs which I do not, every night I sit w/ my heating pad for about an hour it saves my life I can not live with out it, I even take it on my harley on cross country trips I can live w/out an extra pair of jeans but now my Thermophore it is the best one money can buy you can not buy a better product!
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Thermophore Auto Moist Heating Pad 4 Good product. Have much older version from many years ago which seems to be heavier pad cover and cord. Works great. Shipping time was awesome and would highly recommend this heating pad.
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Thermophore Heating Pad 055 5 My family loves the Thermophore Heating Pad. This is actually our second one. After many, many years of use our first one was finally worn out. I searched the Internet to find another one. It is definitely a five star. Once you have one you will not want anything else.
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Gets hot, but not moist 4 Gets hot quickly. Hold down switch lets you have more control over heat. Covers entire back. Not having any luck with moist heat, it's as dry as any other heating pad.
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Thermophore Heating Pad 5 Heating pad is amazing. I have been using this one for 30 years. I wanted to comment on the amazing service I recieved. My product arrived in a day and a half. BEST SERVICE EVER!!! I would definetely order again from this company....Carol...very satisfied customer.
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Thanks 5 am really happy with my purchase; I recently had back surgery and when I found your web-site I came across the Themophore Heat Pad; because of the length this is great for my neck and spine area. I am so grateful I found your web-site and made this purchase. I would highly recommend your web-site to anyone that is in need of any of your products. The fact that shipping was free was a big plus as well.
Thank you so much.
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Heating Pad 27 x 14 5 I absolutely agree with Karen, i found mine from my massage therapist and it is wonderful. My only complaint is it gets VERY hot and fast, so you MUST use a thick towel on top of it if your laying on it like i do for my back. Also it feels so good you want to lay on it longer, like i did, but do what the instructions tell you only 20 min on and off because i ended up discoloring my skin severely. So that is the only pro and con
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Thermophore Automatic Moist Heating pad 5 On a trip up North Michigan several years ago I injured my back and while staying at my cousins she brought out his heating pad. Once it was turned on and I snuggled back in the chair I was in heaven. I have spent most of my life on a heating pad and this was nothing like I had ever felt. It was the most wonderful heating pad in the world. I now have 2 plus I have purchased them for other friends and family, and they love it too.
Sorry to go on and on but seriously this is a great product and I am sooooo glad it is made right here in Michigan.
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