Weighted neck wraps are these cool therapeutic accessories that you can wear around your neck and shoulders. They've got stuff like beads, flaxseed and herbs, or rice inside to give them some weight, and you can even heat or cool many of them depending on what you like. We've written about deep pressure stimulation already and these are commonly used for that purpose as well as others.
So, why use one? There are a bunch of reasons:
These wraps can help you relax and de-stress by giving you a nice, calming deep pressure stimulation. It's kinda like snuggling under a weighted blanket!
Ease the pain:
Got neck or shoulder pain? A weighted wrap might help provide some pain relief. It gently presses on the area to relax your muscles and boost blood flow. And if you heat or cool it, that can help even more.
Some folks find that wearing a weighted wrap can help with headaches or migraines. The pressure and relaxation might help ease tension in your neck and shoulders, which can lead to headaches.
If you struggle with sleep, a weighted wrap might help you relax and drift off easier. That gentle pressure can make you feel more secure and comfy. You can also consider a weighted blanket as well:
If you have a sensory processing disorder or ADHD, a weighted wrap can give you a soothing pressure that helps you feel more grounded and focused.
Wearing a weighted wrap can help you improve your posture over time by supporting your neck and shoulders and encouraging you to relax those muscles. It's especially great if you spend a lot of time at a computer or doing other stuff that makes you hunch over.
Hopefully we've captured your interest, so if you're thinking about trying a weighted neck wrap, here are a few top-rated products to consider:
PhysioNatural Weighted Neck and Shoulder Wrap
This weighted neck wrap is 19” x 12” and weighs 3.9 lbs. It is microwavable to add heat therapy as an option while providing deep pressure stimulation to the neck, shoulders, and upper back. It's filled with clay beads that retain heat longer and a blend of lavender, chamomile, lemongrass, and peppermint to provide herbal aromatherapy as well. It's covered in a soft minky fabric, is all-natural, BPA free, and comes with a "no questions asked" 100% money-back guarantee. With that kind of versatility, it's no wonder this is a best seller!
Calming Comfort Thermacomfort weighted hot neck wrap
The ThermaComfort Weighted Hot or Cold Neck Wrap provides deep tissue stimulation with 3 lbs or 5 lbs of weighted clay beads to soothe pain, relax sore muscles, and helps relieve tension. The high-collar design lets the wrap reach up 4.75" high for extra neck coverage and the 23" x 11" size accommodates a wide shoulder spread while following the body's natural shape. The weighted design, heating and cooling features, and extra soft velveteen material, combined with aromatherapy, give a full-comfort experience.
PhysioNatural Microwavable Heating Pad with Natural Herbal Aromatherapy
The PhysioNatural Microwavable Heating Pad with Natural Herbal Aromatherapy is a bold blue best seller that takes just 20 seconds to warm up in the microwave. The high collar design covers 4" and extends further down the back than many options, going down 8.6". We love the hassle free money-back guarantee as well. As an added bonus, this options comes with a free matching 4"x 9" aromatherapy eye pillow!
UNCN Long Heating pad for Neck and Shoulders
This extra-long weighted neck wrap can also be microwaved to provide tension relief and ease pain in the neck, shoulders, and back. At 33" long and 6" wide, this is the longest and lightest weighted neck wrap on our list today; it weighs just under 2 lbs. The longer design allows it to be used in different locations as well, like the arms and legs. It's not just warmable, but can also be put in the freezer to provide cooling relief. It comes in a solid grey or grey floral pattern for something a big more elegant.
Sonoma Lavender LuxuryHeatable/Chillable Neck Pillow
The Sonoma Lavender Luxury Lavender Heatable/Chillable Neck Pillow is made in the USA from natural ingredients. This weighted therapy wrap weighs 2.5 lbs and is covered in a soft luxurious plush fabric cover that can be easily taken of to machine wash. It includes a natural herbal blend for aromatherapy benefits. There are 6 different designs to choose from and matching eye pillows and "spa wraps" can be bought as well.
So, to wrap it up (pun intended), weighted neck wraps are pretty awesome for a bunch of reasons. They can help you chill out, ease pain, sleep better, support sensory processing, and even work on your posture. Why not give a weighted neck wrap a shot and see if it makes a difference in your life?
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Questions and Answers
How heavy should my neck wrap be?
It really depends on what feels comfy for you. Most wraps weigh between 1 and 5 pounds. Just make sure it doesn't strain your neck or shoulders.
How do I clean this thing?
Cleaning your wrap depends on the materials it's made from. Some can go in the washing machine to get your weighted wrap clean, while others need a little spot cleaning or hand washing. Just follow the manufacturer's care tips to keep your wrap in good shape.
Can I heat or cool my wrap?
A lot of weighted neck wraps can be warmed up for a neck warmer or cooled down to use as a neck cooling pack. You can usually pop them in the microwave, the dryer, or wrap them in a warm towel to heat them up, or stick them in the freezer to cool them off. Just follow the guidelines that come with your wrap to avoid damaging it or getting hurt.
How long should I wear my wrap?
There's no one-size-fits-all answer here. Some people might like wearing their wrap for 15-30 minutes, while others might keep it on for an hour or more. Just listen to your body and find what works for you.
Are these wraps safe for everyone?
Most people can use weighted neck wraps without a problem. But if you've got certain medical issues, you're pregnant, or you've got neck, shoulder, or spine concerns, it's a good idea to talk to a healthcare pro before using one.
Where can I buy a wrap?
You can find weighted neck wraps at a bunch of places, like online stores (hello, Amazon), therapy product shops, and even most department stores. Make sure to read reviews and check out the materials before you buy, so you know you're getting a quality wrap.