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Those living with arthritic hand pain are more than aware of just how debilitating the condition can be. According to a 2019 report from Centers for Disease Control, arthritis — the catchall term for joint pain —affects 23 percent of Americans yearly, with arthritis of the hands being one of the most prevalent types. But help is on the way in the form of a pair of über-effective arthritis gloves —er rather, make that mittens — from NatraCure ($24.99, Amazon).
According to The Arthritis Foundation, one of the most effective treatments for the condition is heat therapy, or the act of applying warmth to affected areas. That’s why it comes as little surprise to see these microwavable mittens become such a hit with arthritis sufferers everywhere.
Made from a soft, polyester fabric and flaxseed fill, they help reduce symptoms of arthritis, such as inflammation, stiffness, swelling, redness, and a decreased range in motion of the joints. The secret lies in their flaxseed pockets. Flaxseeds are made up of 30 to 40 percent oil, and can thereby retain moist heat (a type of heat therapy that creates a “moist” environment to penetrate the hands quickly and deeply) for long periods of time. These seeds can also be heated again and again without damage.
Combine them with the easy-on velcro closure of these mittens, and you’ve got a tool that will remarkably increase tissue elasticity in the veins and joints, thereby boosting blood circulation (key for those with arthritis, since poor circulation can increase inflammation) and soothe hand pain. In fact, just 10 minutes of wear can have your hands feeling like new!
With regular use, NatraCure claims that mitten wearers can also expect to see stronger, more energized hands, improved dexterity, and further reduction of pain and discomfort.
To use, simply place them into the microwave for one minute. (If one minute isn’t warm enough, you can pop them back into the microwave for another 30 seconds and continue doing so until you’ve found the right heat level for you). Upon removal, massage them to evenly distribute heat and prevent warming pockets from forming. Then, slip them on for 10 to 30 minutes and enjoy the bliss of near-instant pain relief!
Users are head over heels for them, with one raving, “I love everything about these mittens. I have tried everything short of narcotics for my pain and nothing has given me relief. I use these first thing in the morning and the last thing before bed. Treatment with these mittens has made my pain manageable and has been eased [by] 70 percent! I wish I would have known about these sooner.”
Another wrote, “We bought these for my arthritic hands, and may have to buy a second pair because my husband loves them, too! They are so soft and when heated feel so very healing and therapeutic. Very nicely made and they fit perfectly. Highly recommend buying these!”
Sounds like a smart investment to us!
Where to buy: $24.99 (Originally $29.99), Amazon