Saturday, June 22, 2013

Back pain relief - Vancouver - BC

 Vancouver BC Back pain and stress relief company

For years we have been supplying our locally made heat packs and heat wraps to Vancouver and BC residents to help them relieve back muscle aches and pains naturally.
Our heat packs are made by a local company Warm Buddy, who have been manufacturing them since 1995.
All the heat packs are classified as a 'Medical Device" by Health Canada to aid in the recovery of muscle pain and stress.
Back pain relief
Stress and pain relief heat wrap

Over the years there have been many products brought to the market that claim to help with pain relief, but Warm Buddy products still offer the best heat retention, moist heat and they last for years.
I have a body wrap that I started using daily 11 years ago and it still gives a moist heat and fast pain relief, we often say we need to build obsolescence into our products like car manufacturers
If you haven't tried one of our products then go to our informative web site and you can buy online and if you want you can collect the order from us, call us first to make arrangement, but with our new low fixed shipping rates of $4.95 for BC and delivery in 2 days or less, you may just want to sit back - order and wait for Canada Post to deliver your pain relief package.
Neck and shoulder pain relief
Neck aches and stress relief

You may also wish to get our welcoming discount coupon code to use on your order and save some more money.
We also ship our products world wide and if it is a gift let us know and we will gift wrap it with a card with your wishes at no extra charge.
So getting pain relief has never been so easy and fast.

Here's to a pain free life.

Warm wishes
Peter and Patricia

Why Warm Buddy heat packs & heat wraps are superior for pain & stress relief
Drug Free(dom) Warm Buddy Gel Packs Flax Seed Hot water bottle Electric heat pad Oat grain
Heat Retention Best Too hot Poor Poor Good Poor
After smell None None yes None None yes
Moist heat yes None None None None None
Scalding No Yes No Yes Yes No
Electro magnetic field (EMF) No No No No yes No
Washable yes No No Yes No No
Caution! None Stiff & hard to mould to body Fire hazard if over heated Leaking Over heating Can overheat and catch fire
*Electric blankets create a magnetic field that penetrates about 6-7 inches into the body. Thus it is not surprising that an epidemiological study has linked electric blankets with miscarriages and childhood leukemia...more info
* Moist heat is used primarily for old and chronic injuries. It helps to loosen and relax sore muscles, tendons and ligaments, as well as increase blood flow to bring more red blood cells to the injury to facilitate healing.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Back pain relief

Back pain relief

Back pain relief can be as simple as keeping muscles warm prior to strenuous exercise or work and doing your core exercises.
Having sold our Warm Buddy products since 2000 and helping many thousands of people overcome back pain, muscle aches and stress, I too have suffered for many years with back pain and yes I forgot my own advice and on numerous occasions have suffered from debilitating back spasms.

heat wrap for muscle spasms
Abort 5 years ago I had one of my worst and went to a physio who gave me a series of core exercises along with heat therapy.
Since then I have not had a serious back problem, on occasions when I feel a twinge in my rib muscles this is a warning I need to do more core exercises and the problem simply goes away.
So keep your muscles warm and firm and they will last a lifetime.
Hope this helps keep you fit this summer.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Why it is important to keep muscles warm

 Why it is important to keep muscles warm

 It is also important prior to warm ups and stretches to keep muscles warm, such as using our Warm Buddy Sports Therapy wrap that has a warm moist heat that really penetrates the muscles making them supple and less liable to being injured due to stresses while cold.
Sports Therapy Wrap
A warm up is the act of preparing for an athletic event or workout by exercising or practicing for a short time beforehand. Warming up helps reduce your risk of injury and the aches and pains that come with exercise. The physiological reason to warm up is to assist your circulatory system in pumping oxygen-rich blood to your working muscles. The idea is to increase circulation throughout the body in a gradual manner. A proper warm up safely prepares the body for the increased demands of exercise. Cold muscles do not absorb shock or impact as well, and are more susceptible to injury.

A warm-up helps you prepare both mentally and physically for exercise and reduces the chance of injury. During a warm up, any injury or illness you have can often be recognized, and further injury prevented. Other benefits of a proper warm up include:

  • Increased movement of blood through your tissues, making the muscles more pliable.
  • Increased delivery of oxygen and nutrients to your muscles. This prevents you from getting out of breath early or too easily.
  • Prepares your muscles for stretching
  • Prepares your heart for an increase in activity, preventing a rapid increase in blood pressure
  • Prepares you mentally for the upcoming exercise
  • Primes your nerve-to-muscle pathways to be ready for exercise
  • Improved coordination and reaction times
Should you injure or suffer from aches and pains after a work out you can use the heat packs for hot or cold therapy.

Hot or Cold Therapy

Warm Buddy
heat wraps can be warmed in the microwave or cooled in the freezer. Products such as the Ultra Sports Therapy Wrap, Ultra Body Wrap, Ultra Warming Blanket and Aromatic Spa Wrap release a long lasting, penetrating moist heat that will last for up to 45 minutes. When placed in the freezer for a couple of hours(use a freezer bag so the pack does not attract other aromas from the freezer) Warm Buddy packs retain a comfortable level of cool that can be used to relieve muscle strain,stress and swelling. The following medical information demonstrates the effectiveness of heat and cold treatments.
When treating an injury such as a pulled muscle or sprained ankle, hot or cold therapy is often utilized. When using this type of therapy on an injury, many people are often unsure on which type of therapy they should use. The following outlines when to use either hot or cold therapy.

Hot Therapy

One should apply heat on an injured area when there is no inflammation. Heat therapy is typically used for such conditions as sore and stiff muscles as well as joint pain. The heat relaxes muscles and improves blood circulation. Experts believe the heat releases endorphins which inhibits pain signals to the brain. The effect of the heat causes the blood vessels to expand allowing the blood which carries oxygen and nutrients to circulate and reach the injured area. The boost in circulation allows excess fluid and waste to be carried away from the area allowing for healing to take place.

Heat therapy is often used before exercise or participating in sports so the muscles will be relaxed and more flexible. Heat is usually applied for about 20 minutes. A hot wet towel, hot pack, and heating pad are normally used in heat therapy. Heat therapy is popular for use on back injuries. It should not be used on sprained ankles and inflamed joints and muscles. The suitable temperature for heat therapy is about 104 to 113 degrees Fahrenheit.


Cold Therapy

Cold therapy is used for reducing pain, inflammation, and slowing metabolic action. The cold dulls nerve activity thereby inhibiting pain. For inflammation, cold constricts blood vessels which stop fluid from traveling to the injury where swelling occurs and permits fluid drainage. This allows for a reduction in swelling. Cold reduces muscle spasms and tightens muscles so they cannot stretch and extend which allows for healing.

Cold therapy is beneficial for immediate injuries as it reduces both pain and swelling. It is beneficial for treating lower back pain. Ice wrapped in a towel and cold packs are often used for about 10 minutes at a time. Some people will use a bag of ice or frozen vegetables such as peas. Cold therapy is also beneficial for chronic pain injuries. It should not be used before exercise because it tightens muscles making them less flexible.

When one sustains an injury due to such activities as heavy lifting, exercise, sports, or another activity that involves an intensive use of the muscles and ligaments, hot and cold therapy is an effective treatment for the injury. These injuries are quite common. The type of treatment you use will depend on the type of injury you receive. It is important to remember that an injury can be serious so it is vital that you see a doctor if the injury gets worse.

When one sustains an injury due to such activities as heavy lifting, exercise, sports, or another activity that involves an intensive use of the muscles and ligaments, hot and cold therapy is an effective treatment for the injury. These injuries are quite common. The type of treatment you use will depend on the type of injury you receive. It is important to remember that an injury can be serious so it is vital that you see a doctor if the injury gets worse.

A low impact exercise, such as biking or walking or using an elliptical or rowing machine is the best way to warm up.

Lavender and its many uses


Do you remember as a child walking past lavender and pulling off a few of the flowers and squeezing them between your fingers and smelling the sweet aroma all the way home?
Now when you do the same thing in milliseconds it takes you back to your childhood.
A smell can bring on a flood of memories, influence people's moods and even affect their work performance. Because the olfactory bulb is part of the brain's limbic system, an area so closely associated with memory and feeling it's sometimes called the "emotional brain," smell can call up memories and powerful responses almost instantaneously.
That is one of the beauties of Aromatherapy it transcends all boundaries.

Here are some of the other benefits and uses of Lavender:

Possible Uses: Acne, allergies, anxiety, asthma, athlete's foot, bruises, burns, chicken pox, colic, cuts, cystitis, depression, dermatitis, dysmenorrheal, earache, flatulence, headache, hypertension, insect bites, insect repellant, itching, labor pains, migraine, oily skin, rheumatism, scabies, scars, sores, sprains, strains, stress, stretch marks, vertigo, whooping cough.
Here are some of the many uses of lavender essential oil:
  • Relaxing nervous tension (Stress): Lavender aromatherapy has been clinically evaluated for its relaxing effects on the nervous system. It helps with migraines, headaches, anxiety, depression, nervous tension and emotional stress. Just dab a few drops on your temples, neck and wrists and sniff throughout the day. Of put a few drops on a cotton ball and keep close by.
  • Better sleep: Because lavender aromatherapy is so relaxing and calming, it helps induce sleep and is often used for insomnia. Put a few drops on your pillow at bedtime, or in the bedroom,use a diffuser.
  • Muscle tension: Lavender's relaxing and anti-inflammatory qualities make it an excellent remedy for muscle pain and tension. There's nothing more wonderful than a taking a hot bath with lavender essential oil to soothe and relax sore or overworked muscles or rheumatism. Be sure to add the lavender oil to bath salts or epsom salts first so they will mix with the water.
  • Menstrual pain: Gently massage lavender over the lower abdomen, in a circular motion for menstrual, pre-menstrual or menopausal tension.
  • Respiratory infections: Lavender aromatherapy is extensively used for various respiratory problems including throat infections, asthma, bronchitis, flu, cough, cold, asthma, sinus congestion, etc. It can be diffused into a vapor or applied topically onto the neck, chest and soles of the feet.
  • Lavender Skin Care: Lavender essential oil is ideal for skin care because it is gentle, yet effective. It moisturizes, helps skin maintain elasticity and prevents the build up of excess sebum – a skin oil that bacteria feed on. It helps skin conditions such as acne, wrinkles, dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis and rashes and helps minimize stretch marks. It is also beneficial for cleansing cuts and wounds as well as burns and sunburns as it stimulates healing. It is also helpful for bruises, hives and insect bites.
  • Hair Care: Lavender essential oil is useful for the hair and scalp as it conditions the scalp and prevents the build up of excess sebum. It's antiseptic qualities disinfect the scalp, help dandruff, hair loss and prevent and treat head lice.
  • Massage: A massage with lavender essential oil is a supremely relaxing and aromatic experience. Both sore muscles and joints respond to lavender's anti-inflammatory and relaxing effects.
  • Freshening Closets: In ancient days, small bundles of dried lavender were placed in closets to help keep clothes smelling fresh and keep moths away. You can do the same today by hanging sachet bags inside your closet or placing them between your sheets, in the laundry room and on your pillow. Or you can hang ceramic pieces that you've infused with lavender essential oil.
  • Calming Children: Lavender aromatherapy is ideal for restless children and babies because it it so gentle and calming, yet powerfully antiseptic. Also because of lavender's gentleness, it can be used "neat" (full-strength) even on baby's skin without dilution.
  • Wash: Put a couple of drops of lavender on a piece of cloth and place this in your drier; it will make the clothes smell oh so fresh.
  • Blood Circulation: Lavender essential oil is also good for improving blood circulation in the body. It also lowers blood pressure and is used for hypertension.
  • Digestion: Lavender oil is useful for digestion as it increases the mobility of the intestine. The oil also stimulates the production of gastric juices and bile and thus aids in treating indigestion, stomach pain, colic, flatulence, vomiting and diarrhea.
  • Immunity: Regular use of lavender essential oil provides resistance to diseases.
  • Skin Care: The health benefits of lavender oil for the skin can be attributed to its antiseptic and antifungal properties. It is used to treat various skin disorders such as acne, wrinkles, psoriasis, and other
  • Business cards and Stationery: When you give out business cards or stationery why not make a more memorable statement.
    • Take a tissue and place a few drops of lavender oil on it, then take a freezer bag and place your business cards, stationery, Christmas cards in the reseal able plastic bag then put the tissue with the lavender oil on it into the bag and seal it, leave it for a day or so, the lavender aroma will be absorbed by the paper.
  • Lavender should not be used during the early stages of pregnancy. Use Lavender with caution if you have low blood pressure.
  • Some oils can cause sensitization or allergic reactions in some individuals. Lavender is one of the few oils that can be used neat,it does not have to be diluted with a carrier oil,to get better coverage when massaging it is best used in a carrier oil.
  • When using a new oil for the first time, do a skin patch on a small area of skin. Place a small amount of the diluted essential oil (never use essential oils undiluted on the skin, however, Lavender is an exception to this rule as is tea Tree oil.) on the inside of your elbow and apply a bandage. Wait 24 hours to see if there is any form of reaction. Even if a particular essential oil is not known to cause irritation, this step should not be ignored. Even if oil does not irritate you, it still can irritate someone else. It is important that you always keep that in mind.
  • Aches and pains: We have been using lavender in our body wraps since 1995, as the therapeutic benefits of the heat and lavender help to relax muscles and keep you calm.
  • Lavender Body wraps: Check out our "Pot Luck" page for extra savings.
Lavender is also antimicrobial, anti-infectious and antiseptic, making it effective in the treatment of wounds and as a front line defense against respiratory infection. It is tonic to the cardiovascular and digestive systems, lowers blood pressure and helps thin the blood due to the presence of coumarins. Lavender is indicated for muscle spasm, sprain, strain, cramp, contracture and rheumatic pain. It is sedative to the central nervous system and relieves headache, nervous tension, and insomnia; it can also help balance mood swings. Spiritually, lavender is said to balance the physical, astral and etheric planes.
Because of lavender's many therapeutic properties, if I were stranded on a desert island with only one essential oil, it would be lavender (it also takes the itch out of insect bites and helps heal sunburn!) But what other essential oils can be called in to use here in civilization? What should you use if your client does not want the deep relaxation or sleep-inducing effect of lavender, or if they have a tendency toward lowered metabolism or low blood pressure? What if they need to relax because they are about to take an exam, give a presentation or walk down the aisle?

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Arthritic hand pain relief

Arthritis and Heat or Cold relief

People that suffer from arthritis tend to not only have pain but stiffness in the joints as well. This can be extremely uncomfortable but there are various different ways that the pain of arthritis can be eased. One of the best ways to treat arthritis Sports Therapy wrappain is with the various hot and cold therapies available on the market as these treatments do not require an inconvenient trip to the doctor but can instead be bought online and self-administered according to the manufacturer's guidelines. Hot and cold therapies work for a lot of people and are often chosen by those people who are looking for pain relief that is easy to get hold of and convenient to use at that moment when the pain starts to creep in.
As with a lot of pain relief methods, hot and cold therapies are not guaranteed to work for everyone, but those who suffer from arthritis will know that any safe and fully tested method of pain relief is worth a try. There are different ways to administer hot and cold treatments and the best way to choose the right one for you is simply by trying what is on offer and finding the one that works best for you and your symptoms.
As well as being extremely convenient and easy to use, hot and cold treatments can really help to prevent the onset of pain if you use it at those times of the day or year (for example at night or when it is particularly cold) when your symptoms seem to worsen. Generally speaking, if a person has to suffer without any kind of pain relief, it will take them longer to heal because their body is tense and instead of getting essential bed rest, the sufferer finds it difficult to sleep at all.
Warming mitts
Heated pain relief can help to improve blood circulation, which in turn means increased oxygen and white blood cells to the painful areas. There are different ways to apply heat to areas of your body that suffer from arthritis, from Warm Buddy  moist heat packs and wheat bags, to wax baths and cherry stone packs and both moist and dry heat can work really well to ease muscle and joint pain.
Body WrapCold pain relief works better for some and as well as helping to reduce the pain, it can also work to reduce swelling and inflammations. Cold pain relief includes methods such as applying Warm Buddy heat packs (place heat pack in freezer for a couple of hours) to the affected area. Cold therapy methods tend to work best for temporary pain relief and reducing inflammation, while hot therapies tend to work well when treating pain that lasts longer than 48 hours.
Wildflowers Aromatherapy and Gifts

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Corporate wellness gifts - Vancouver

Corporate wellness gifts

We can't think of a better, healthier way of saying thank you

We have been supplying corporate wellness gifts since 2000.
Our Warm Buddy heat packs and warm up animals are a real favourite, offering comfort and pain and stress relief to those who receive them.
Corporate wellness gifts
Promotional products are awesome, for your employees.Our selection of promotional products can be given out at special events.These promotional products are great, for potential customers, current employees, and more.
You will find a selection of gift packages we have put together at a discounted price.
Should you have larger requirements over 50 persons please contact us for a quotation here
Remember Life is full of Healthy choices why not make a Warm Buddy one of yours.

Vancouver BC
Wildflowers Aromatherapy and Gifts

How to relieve lower back pain fast and naturally

How to relieve lower back pain

Back pain relief - Back muscle pain relief

Most low back pain will get better with some activity. Avoid positions and activities that increase the pain, use ice and heat to help relieve the back pain. Once the back pain is gone there are several things that you can do to make sure that the pain does not come back or comes back less often, with good back pain management.

Sports Therapy wrap for back pain relief

 Muscle spasm in the lower back can create sensations that may range from mild discomfort to excruciating lower back pain. Heat therapy can help relieve  back pain and related tightness in the lower back. Sports Therapy wrap can be used for hot or cold therapy for all  back pain.

Why use heat for back pain relief..see here

 Many back pain problems result from strains and over-exertions, creating tension in the back muscles and soft tissues around the lower spine. As a result, this restricts proper circulation and sends pain signals to the brain.

For athletes or weekend warriors with sports injuries,pulled or aching muscles here is some information on the importance of keeping muscles warm before warm ups or stretches, the sports therapy wrap will help reduce the muscle injuries.

Recent studies have found that heat wrap therapy proved to be more effective
back pain relief than oral pain medications such as ibuprofen and acetaminophen.

Physiotherapy in sport

Heat packs are used in physiotherapy for sport injuries to decrease muscle spasms, which relax the muscles and allow for a deeper heat penetration into the muscle tissue. Heat therapy also allows for increased blood flow to an injured area, resulting in faster healing times and welcome muscle pain relief.

If you suffer from lower back pain,upper back pain,back pain muscle spasms or just plain back pain then the Sports Therapy wrap is the heat wrap you need to relieve your pain fast and naturally.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Low fixed shipping rates

We understand that shipping costs constitute to a major proportion of any online transaction.
Being a small business we don't have the leverage that other larger companies have.
We have now created low fixed shipping rates that we can live with and we hope helps you in your quest for cost savings.