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We should have packed ThermaCare HeatWraps

2012/07/12by Donna Hull

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We should have packed ThermaCare HeatWraps

Has back pain kept you from enjoying a boomer travel experience? That’s what happened to Alan when we took our whirlwind tour of the Western National Parks. A couple of days before the road trip, he played a vigorous game of handball that resulted in an aching back. By the time we reached Glacier National Park, Alan was grimacing with every step. If only we had known about ThermaCare HeatWraps.

Last month, I told you that I’d be trying  a sample of the HeatWraps for myself. They’ve certainly come in handy since I began training for our Road Scholar hiking tour in Glacier National Park that’s coming up in September. Who knew that hiking up and down hills would make my back so sore?

What I like about ThermaCare Heat Wraps:

  • Unlike using an electrical heating pad, I can strap on the HeatWrap and go about my normal day. In fact, I think moving around while wearing it keeps my muscles from becoming even tighter.
  • The HeatWrap heats up quickly and stays warm for up to 8 hours, and the pain relieving effects last for 16 hours.
  • I can take the HeatWrap on and off during those 8 hours without the adhesive wearing out.
  • The next day after wearing the HeatWrap, I noticed that my back was much more relaxed and limber.

Words of caution from the ThermaCare box:

  • The package directions warn against putting the HeatWrap directly on your skin if you are over 55  because our boomer skin is more sensitive to the heat.
  • Don’t wear the HeatWrap during sleep.
  • If you’re a diabetic, have poor circulation, heart disease or rheumatoid arthritis, ask your doctor before using the HeatWrap.
  • Consult a doctor for a diagnosis of your back pain. HeatWraps relieve the symptoms of chronic backaches but are not the cure for a structural problem in your back.

Rally for Relief and win a hiking trip to the Grand Canyon

Would you like to win a hiking trip for two to the Grand Canyon? The prize includes round-trip airfare, four nights lodging, car rental, a Grand Canyon National Park hiking tour and $500 in spending money? All you have to do is Click the like button at the ThermaCare page on Facebook  to enter the Rally for Relief contest. Besides the Grand Canyon hiking tour, you’ll be entered to win the $16,000 Grand Prize, which will be awarded after October 16, 2012. Hiking not your thing? ThermaCare is also giving away trips like scuba diving in Cancun, Mexico; tennis in Phoenix, Arizona; bicycling in Sonoma/Napa Valley, California; skiing in Park City, Utah; and golf in Palm Beach, Florida.

Extra chances to win on Rally Day, the 16th of each month

More chances to win: from June until October, 2012, visit the Rally for Relief app on Facebook on the 16th of each month (Rally Day) for an extra entry into the $16,000 Grand Prize drawing. You’ll also be entered in the monthly contest to win more cool prizes.

Win a gift pack of ThermaCare HeatWraps now

Curious to find out if ThermaCare HeatWraps will offer pain relief for your boomer backache? My Itchy Travel Feet is giving away a gift pack of 16 samples of ThermaCare for Lower Back and Hip. To enter, just post a comment at the end of this post telling us where you would like to go hiking this summer. Of course we hope you pack your ThermaCare HeatWraps, just in case you experience back pain. Please include your email address for contact purposes. Contest ends on Thursday, July 19, 2012 at 11:00 p.m. Mountain Daylight Time. Winner will be announced as soon as possible. According to our general contest rules, the winner must be a U.S. resident and respond within 48 hours of receiving the notification email; or we chose another winner.

I’ll be telling you more about the Rally for Relief in monthly blog posts, with ThermaCare product giveaways through October, 2012.

Disclosure: I am participating in a sponsored campaign hosted by ThermaCare. I received compensation for this post. While all opinions stated are my own, I make no claims about ThermaCare as a product or its effectiveness.

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UPDATE: July 19, 2012, 12:00 p.m: this contest has expired. As soon as the winner acknowledges receipt of my email, I’ll make the announcement.


A boomer travel and lifestyle authority who is exploring the world one activity at a time. Besides writing and publishing My Itchy Travel Feet, she also writes about boomer travel for My Well-Being Powered by Humana, Make It Missoula and is the author of My Itchy Travel Feet: Breathtaking Adventure Vacation Ideas.

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Karen Gonyea July 19, 2012 at 3:16 pm

I would love to hike the Appalachian trail :)

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Tom Shewbridge July 19, 2012 at 3:47 pm

I would like to hike the cavern’s near Devil’s Tower…I have always wanted to go there!

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meme July 19, 2012 at 6:56 pm

I want to go hiking in the blue ridge mountains

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Holly Oehrlein July 19, 2012 at 8:50 pm

I’d like to hike out at Skyline Drive near Charlottesville, VA. It’s a great day trip!

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Holly Oehrlein July 19, 2012 at 8:50 pm

I’d like to hike out at Skyline Drive near Charlottesville, VA. It’s a great day trip!

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Jessica Hays July 19, 2012 at 8:55 pm

I would love to go hiking in our local park!!

jessicaahays at hotmail dot com

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Jessica Hays July 19, 2012 at 8:55 pm

I would love to go hiking in our local park!!

jessicaahays at hotmail dot com

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Jessica Hays July 19, 2012 at 8:59 pm

I would love to go hiking in the local park!

jessicaahays at hotmail dot com

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Geri Nyland July 19, 2012 at 9:11 pm

I would love to go camping at Glacier National Park this Summer…

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kay July 19, 2012 at 9:12 pm

I would like to go hicking in California,or around Lake tahoe.

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Trisha McKee July 19, 2012 at 9:12 pm

There are some trails in State College, PA I want to try out. Some have abandoned areas in them.

tridingermckee@gmail.com

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July 19, 2012 at 10:00 pm

I would like to go hiking in the Mount Rushmore area.

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Betty C July 19, 2012 at 10:08 pm

I would love to go hiking at Yosemite again but I’m not going to have the opportunity this year.

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