The WORST Way To Deal With Muscle Cramps

What You Don’t Know Actually Does Hurt You

OK, so there we were…match point in our ever important Sunday afternoon round robin tennis match. Just one more point and we win…free drinks at the Dave & Busters.  Victory would be sweet while sipping my adult beverage and playing Skeeball with my wife.

And then it happened…

Diana my wife’s normal playing partner leaves a ball short, I come charging in to get it and plant my right foot like I’m Rafael Nadal at the French Open.  As I’m about to pop the ball back over I fell on the ground in the fetal position writhing in pain.  My entire lower part of my leg was twisting itself in knots.  Immediately two things came rushing into my head in this exact order:

  1. Wait…no Dave & Busters?
  2. How do I make this pain stop?

Unfortunately the agony of defeat required more attention than sharpening my game playing skills.  So I propped myself up and began limping towards the bench and began wondering what happened. One of the members of the round robin is a doctor and tells me:  “Sean, you have serious muscle cramps of the five star caliber…”

Now if you’re like me, muscle cramps are the worst thing ever.  You may be in the middle of the night having the greatest night of sleep ever and BOOM!  You feel like someone just threw your legs in a blender.  First the jumping out of bed, then the hobbling around and once it goes away.  The nightmare isn’t over because now you’re waiting for it to come back again.

 Avoiding The Worst Way To Deal With Muscle Cramps

First thing the doc asked me about while I was on the bench was if I got muscle cramps quite often.  Which I do.  Here’s what he said:

The worst way to deal with muscle cramps or pain is not using any preventative measures.  You need to get plenty of fluids, avoid over exertion and get more potassium in your system.”

And it’s true.  Most of the injuries we incur actually are preventable.  But I pressed on and asked him, OK so how do I deal with them now.  Amazingly enough there’s one other cause of muscle cramping which is poor circulation according WebMD’s Pain and Management Center (link attached).  Now there’s two questions we have to answer:  a) how do we try to prevent muscle cramps?  and b) how do we deal with them once they happen?

To answer A, what you need to focus on is this:

Now for B, you still need to replace lost fluids, sodium and potassium but there’s also another interesting thing you need to keep an eye on.  After reading 11 articles about muscle cramps (yes I’m a nerd) you also need to watch out for poor blood circulation to your legs.  One of the easiest ways to get the blood flowing again in  your muscles is by providing them with heat.  Heat will stimulate the flow of blood and provides the benefit of speeding up the time it takes you to heal.

One suggestion we can make to help your muscles heal if they’re cramping is the At-Home Heat Therapy Wrap.  Take a look by clicking here.

Universal Problems – Universal Solution

We’ve all been there – achy back, stiff shoulder, then your knee starts to throb and you’re waiting for your ankle to twist. It’s part of both getting older and an active lifestyle.  Don’t sacrifice your health just because of an injury though. The At-Home Heat Therapy Universal Pad is the single perfect solution to so many problems.

Within this single unit is actually over 5 different heat therapy wraps. And not just any heat therapy wraps, but Far Infrared Ray releasing wraps. With FIR technology, not only will you get the soothing comfort of warmth on your aches and pains, but you’ll get the treatment necessary to speed up recovery.

Heat therapy, especially FIR heat therapy is a great alternative to invasive surgery or pharmaceutical treatments. Additionally, you’ll never have to worry about getting sick in a waiting room or co-pays at a physical therapy office. The perks are limitless & universal.

At-Home Heat Therapy Wraps v. Portable Heat Therapy Wrap

We get a lot of customers asking what the difference is between our At-Home Heat Therapy Wraps and the Portable Heat Therapy Wraps. The simple answer is that the portable wraps use our signature Lithium Ion batteries to power the heating elements, allowing Far Infrared Rays to penetrate the targeted spot.

The At-Home version works in the very same way, but instead of batteries, it receives energy from the outlet at your wall. Same as your lamp! Some people think that this means that it may have a stronger output, but rest assured, that regardless of the energy system, battery or outlet, you’ll receive the same energy output and treatment.

So which one should you choose? Well, that choice is entirely up to you, but in any case, you can rest assured knowing that you’re receiving the best FIR therapy money can buy.

How Do We Heat Our Products?

We live in a time where technology is improving each day, which is good, but it also makes your brand new, super expensive phones and computers outdated very fast. The good news, is that when good technology is developed, not only can you get great products, but they don’t become outdated because they still work and perform well.

That’s exactly the story behind Venture Heat. When the heated clothing industry started, bulky wires and heavy cages were the only technology available it wasn’t cheap in any sense of the word. When Venture came around, we changed all of that. Our engineers developed never before seen hair-thin carbon fiber heating elements. You literally cannot tell whether or not they are in the fabric. Discreet and slim, you’re able to order a form-fitting jacket, like the City Collection line, without sacrificing style or comfort.

Our own Lithium Ion Batteries are made specifically for our products, which means don’t try to plug anything else in! It may look like it fits, but it won’t and it may actually cause items to break. We’re the leading manufacturer of heating clothing. Know why? Because we’re the best at what we do.

Plug-In Heat Therapy

As you know, heat therapy can help to provide the body with relief from chronic aches and pains. The benefits of heat therapy are found at the cellular level where the heat dilates blood vessels and increases the flow of oxygenated blood to help repair damaged tissues.  Toxins and lactic acids that cause stiffness and discomfort are flushed away to aid you in regaining your mobility.  Far Infrared Ray (FIR) heat therapy goes above and beyond other forms of heat therapy methods without any of the negative drawbacks.

 

Click here to learn more about why heat therapy is the most recommended non-invasive, non-pharmaceutical form of pain relief and rehabilitation by physical therapists and medical professionals alike and learn more about FIR.

Though physical therapists and chiropractors have been choosing to use FIR heat therapy in their practices for years, an at-home counterpart has not been readily available.  VentureHeat has managed to take the same technology found at the doctor’s office and has integrated it into ergonomic, form fitting wraps.

These wraps are powered by a standard wall outlet found in your home or office.  The current is converted down to only 12 Volts DC, making these heated wraps much safer than competitor brands.  By reducing the power input, VentureHeat has virtually eliminating any existence of electro magnetic fields (EMFs), which can be detrimental to the health.  Safety is the top priority at VentureHeat and is shown by all of the features that go into all of our products.

A built-in automatic timer will power down the heat after 30 minutes of use as many medical professionals recommend half hour sessions of heat therapy.  This feature helps you to better monitor your heat therapy sessions.  However, if you would like to extend your heated comfort beyond the 30 minutes, simply press the power back on for another session.

 

One benefit of VentureHeat’s Plug-In Heat Therapy Wraps is that you will never have to worry about running out of power or charging up batteries.  As long as you are near an outlet, you can experience heated comfort tailored to you personal desires.  The included temperature controller gives you the convenience to modulate the 4 heat settings to your exact needs.


These wraps are made out of flexible neoprene rubber and lined with soft fleece for maximum comfort.  The 3D-tailoring not only helps the wraps fit better, but also ensures heat is delivered directly to the ailing area. VentureHeat’s Plug-In Heat Therapy Wraps are great for both home and office use whether you are watching T.V., reading a book, or sitting at the computer. It is time to start enjoying the benefits of FIR Heat Therapy without having to visit the doctor.  Look to VentureHeat to regain your mobility and ease your aches.

Extend the Life of Lithium-Ion Batteries

Lithium-Ion batteries have become the new standard for portable consumer electronics. Li-Ion batteries are a significant improvement over older Nickel Cadmium batteries.

Lithium-Ion batteries offer twice the energy density of a standard Nickel Cadmium battery which allows the battery to run much longer on a single charge. Lithium-Ion batteries also self-discharge at approximately one-half the rate of a Nickel Cadmium battery.

Despite the fact that Lithium-Ion batteries are low-maintenance, there are some steps you can take to extend the life of your Lithium-Ion battery.

  • Charge Lithium-Ion batteries fully before beginning to use the battery
  • Keep Lithium-Ion batteries fully charged when not in use
  • Charge Lithium-Ion batteries regularly, at least every few months.
  • Avoid regularly running Lithium-Ion batteries too low
  • Never leave Lithium-Ion batteries discharged for long – the batteries do self-discharge and the charge could drop low enough to damage the battery
  • Keep Lithium-Ion batteries out of extreme temperature -high temperatures may cause premature battery failure while lower temperatures can prevent batteries from fully charging.
  • Store Lithium-Ion batteries in a cool, dry place if you will not be using the battery for several weeks

Batteries are categorized as “consumables.” which means that they are expected to wear out eventually. Even if you take the best possible care of your battery, its performance will degrade over time. Accept the fact that your battery won’t last forever, no matter what you do.

The useful capacity of a Lithium-Ion battery decrease by around 10% each year. Lithium-Ion batteries usually have a service life of 2-3 years. These batteries begin aging when they are manufactured – not when you begin using the battery. Manufacturers usually anticipate a life expectancy of 300-500 discharge cycles.

Oxidation in the cells can prevent an old battery from discharging properly, so even when left on a shelf, a battery’s lifespan shortens with time. That doesn’t mean that there aren’t some steps that you can take to ensure the Li-Ion batteries last as long as possible. While Lithium-Ion batteries may not last forever, they’ll benefit from a little tender loving care.

Is FIR Heat Therapy Safe?

Heat therapy in general can be beneficial in providing relief from deep tissue and stiff muscle pains. For this reason, heat therapy is commonly used for rehabilitation purposes.  Heat therapy is also used to decrease joint stiffness, relieve muscle spasms, reduce inflammation, and improve blood flow which leads to more nutrients and oxygen reaching the affected area for faster healing times.

As you know, the forms in which heat therapy is available in are many, ranging from electric heating pads, microwaveable packs, hot water bottles, heated cloths, ultrasounds, saunas, chemically activated patches, and Far Infrared Ray (FIR) wraps to name only a few of the multitude of applications that heat therapy encompasses.

Many methods of heat therapy require heat to be placed directly on the skin of the affected area.  The problem with this method of therapy is that high temperatures are required to penetrate beneath the skin to relieve the pain below.  Because such high heat is needed to reach the ailing area, you must protect yourself against burning your skin.
Other heat therapy products that use electrical current to produce heat often come at the cost of generating high levels of electro magnetic fields (EMFs) which have been shown to be hazardous to the health.  Ultrasound waves can also damage soft tissues if used in extended amounts.

Infrared rays are beneficial in aiding the body in the recuperation process, in particularly Far Infrared Rays.  FIR is useful in heat therapy as it has the ability to transfer its energy deeper beneath the skin than direct contact methods do.

The Sun itself produces Infrared Rays which our bodies then absorb. Infrared Rays differ from Ultra Violet Rays (UV) which the Sun also produces.  Infrared Rays will never burn your skin or increase carcinogenic agents in the body.  A great feature of FIR is that the body will continually to absorb the rays and have positive reactions to it.

FIR has now been implemented into heat therapy wraps that are designed to fit a specific area on the body.  VentureHeat’s FIR Heat Therapy Wraps combine the positive wellness attributes associated with FIR and eliminate virtually all EMF’s by using safer and lower voltages to power the heat.

Most heat therapy devices in the market today use a high-voltage energy source between 100-120 Volts, which can be both dangerous and expensive. VentureHeat’s products are guaranteed safe because they use a low 12-Volt DC Voltage for the Plugin Series and a 7.4 Lithium Ion Battery for the Rechargeable series.

If you are looking for a safer, more effective method for treating your aches and pains, take a look at what VentureHeat has to offer in their heat therapy wraps and pads.

Huggie Buddy- Heated Blanket With Sleeves

More than just another heated blanket.

Take relaxation to the next level by cuddling up with VentureHeat’s Heated Huggie Buddy.  By combining the idea of a wearable blanket with active heating panels, the heated huggie buddy was born.  With this level of comfort,  you may never want to leave the couch again.

The plush fleece fabric of the Heated Huggie Buddy gives you the softest, most relaxed experience when it comes to blankets while the built-in sleeves allow you to use your hands when you are all bundled up in fuzzy warmth.  As soon as you try the huggie buddy, you will understand why it is the perfect marriage between comfort and functionality.  It’s everything you love about your favorite blanket and more.


The heating elements are composed of hair-thin micro fibers that are discreetly located in the chest and abdominal areas.  By warming your body’s core, your entire body will feel warmer through improved blood circulation.

As an added bonus, a pocket on the front of the blanket has been added to provide an ideal spot to warm up your fingers as it is strategically located right in front of the heating panels.  You also have the option to use the pouch to hold your belongings.

VentureHeat uses Xtreme Comfort Technology in the heating panels unlike traditional electric heated blankets that emit harmful Electro Magnetic Fields (EMF) from the alternating current.  The Huggie Buddy generates gentle, soothing warmth with safe, low voltage D/C power.  The soft and flexible heating panels are built with safety reinforcements for the ultimate performance grid.

The included temperature controller lets you choose between 4 different heat settings to accommodate your own personal preferences.  This gives you the freedom to have heat on demand and to customize the appropriate level of heat to your individual desires.

As an added safety feature, a built-in timer will automatically shut the heat off after 30 minutes in case you accidentally leave the huggie buddy turned on when not in use.  To continue using the heated function, simply click the temperature controller for extended use.

Another highlight is the the detachable connector cable. When using the heat, you need to plug the cable into the wall, which makes the heated huggie buddy great for watching T.V., reading a book, sitting at the computer, or taking a nap.  However, if you would like to walk around the house with the heat turned off, you can unhook the connector cable so that you do not have to carry the wall adapter with you.  This feature is especially nice when making a quick trip to the fridge or moving about the house as you can keep the huggie buddy on without dragging the power cord behind you.
VentureHeat offers the Huggie Buddy in 4 different colors: Dark Brown, Pink, Sky Blue and Tan.  Act now and get one for every member of you family!

Which Heat Therapy Products are Right For Me?

Which Heat Therapy Products are Right For Me?
Infrared Ray Heat Therapy is commonly used for pain management when it comes to chronic aches and pains.

The advantages for Far Infrared Ray (FIR) Heat Therapy are many such as having the ability to penetrate up to 3 inches below the skin causing capillaries to dilate which improves blood flow to the area.  This increase in blood flow helps your body to resupply the vital nutrients and oxygen it needs to recuperate.  Far Infrared Rays are also able to aid the body in getting rid of harmful toxins and metabolic wastes. Learn more about FIR heat therapy.

 

Because of all the positive attributes associated with FIR heat therapy, it is certainly a top contender for being the best choice in heat therapy.  Physical therapists and chiropractors choose FIR lamps to treat patients suffering from chronic pains.  The same technology they are using is now available for home and portable use with wraps designed specifically for the ailing area.

VentureHeat has two different lines of FIR heat therapy wraps.  Depending on your lifestyle and preferences in using heat therapy wraps, you have the option of either the At-Home Plug-in series or the Rechargeable Battery wraps.  Both systems use FIR heat therapy and are able to heat to the same temperature levels through the included temperature controllers.

With the At-Home Plug-in line of heat therapy wraps, you are able to plug the wrap into the wall using the 6 foot cord and receive soothing heat for as long as you need. After a 30 minute session, a built-in timer will automatically shut the wrap off as many physical therapists and chiropractors recommend half hour increments of heat therapy treatment.  If you would like to extend the heat beyond the 30 minutes, simply turn the wrap back on using the hand held controller for another session.

The controller also allows you to adjust the heat to four different settings depending on your own personal preference.  Simply click through the levels shown by LED indicator lights displayed on the controller to dial in the heat for greatest comfort.

The benefit of using an At-Home Plug-in heat therapy wrap is that you will never have to worry about charging batteries or running out of power.  As long as you are near an outlet, you can experience heated pain relief whenever you feel the need.  These wraps are great if you primarily use heat therapy when watching T.V., reading a book, or sitting at the computer. They are perfect for home and office use when you are near an outlet.

Rechargeable Battery wraps, on the other hand, give you the freedom to take FIR heat therapy wherever you go.  Powered by long-lasting lithium-ion rechargeable batteries, you will have heat for 2 – 5 hours depending on the settings you choose.  

The built-in temperature controller lets you adjust the heat to 4 separate levels with just the click of a button. To recharge the battery, simply plug the charger into the wall for 4 to 6 hours and you will be ready for another round of heated comfort.

Like the At-Home Plug-in wraps, the Rechargeable Battery wraps also have an automatic shut-off feature that kicks in after 30 minutes of continuous use.  If extended time is desired, just power back on the power pack for another session.  The Rechargeable Battery wraps are a great choice if you would prefer to use your heat therapy wraps while in the car, out and about, or working around the house.  Having the freedom to move freely and not being tethered to a wall outlet make the Rechargeable Battery wraps a great choice for those with an active lifestyle and enjoy the portability factor that these wraps allow for.

Both the At-Home Plug-in wraps and the Rechargeable Battery wraps are constructed with a flexible neoprene rubber that stretches and moves with the body. The Velcro straps let you adjust the wrap to fit your body snugly, enabling a better fit and performance.  The wraps are lined with fleece to give you greater comfort on the surface of your skin.

Because the wraps are tailored to fit specific areas on your body, you will never have to bother with wraps sliding out of place or worry about trying to balance them on your body.  VentureHeat’s wraps use targeted heating elements to maximize their effectiveness and to deliver heat exactly where you need it.

Another great feature about these wraps is that they can be used on both sides of the body.  For instance, VentureHeat’s Heat Therapy Shoulder Wrap can be used on both the right and left shoulders.  The same is true for the Knee, Wrist, Elbow, and Ankle Wraps.  Other brands are designed for only side of the body, forcing you to buy multiple wraps if you need relief on both sides.  VentureHeat realizes that your pain may not be contained to only one side and gives you the option to wear the wraps on either side.

If you are looking for relief from your pains, it is time to give VentureHeat a try with either the At-Home Plug-in Wraps or one of the Rechargeable Battery Heat Therapy Wraps. Look to VentureHeat today for a pain-free tomorrow.

What are the Best Heat Therapy Products?

What are the Best Heat Therapy Products?
Understanding the differences in common heat therapy products

Chronic aches and pains are stubborn and long-lasting.  They deplete your abilities to move and live freely.  The constant pangs are a reminder of your body’s physical limitations that prevent you from leading a comfortable life.

Being trapped by your own body certainly isn’t a fair situation, but what options are available to you?  Perhaps surgery could help to repair some of the damages, yet the risks involved with surgery, along with the high costs, often surpass the benefits.  Prescription medication is another method in relaxing the pains, but the side effects that come along with medication are often disheartening.  A safer, more consistent manner in dealing with pain management is with the use of heat therapy.

Heat therapy has been proven to be the most effective way of soothing muscle spasms and is recommended by medical professionals.  Heat therapy comes in many forms, though some more beneficial than others.

A traditional method of using heated stones placed upon the ailing area lacks the ability for portability, temperature control, or extended use making this an inadequate method for pain relief.

Electric blankets often emit dangerous EMFs, overheat, and do not fit the contour of the body.

Microwaveable products are difficult to control the temperature as they heat up too hot then lose warmth quickly forcing you to return to the microwave frequently.

Chemical activated hot packs that use oxidized heat can not only get costly for long-term use, but are environmentally damaging as they are one time use and lack the ability to control the temperature.

Also, none of these options emit any significant amount of deep penetrating infrared rays which have been shown to be an effective way to strengthen the immune system and improve blood flow.  This eases muscles spasms and rehabilitates movement impairment, relieves the sensation of pain, and promotes tissue repair.

Infrared ray lamps are often found in physical therapists offices because of their positive wellness attributes.

Now, you can take this doctor recommended treatment home, for individual therapy and comfort.  Far infrared ray heat therapy wraps are convenient, affordable, and long-lasting.  With the active heat on demand feature, you are able to control the temperature to your exact needs while the contoured fit is designed specifically for the ailing body part.  Far infrared ray heat therapy wraps use safe and comfortable technology that provides relief from chronic aches and pains.

If you take your comfort seriously then don’t be fooled by other heat therapy products and try infrared ray heat therapy today for a pain free tomorrow.