To review or not to review…

I was contacted recently by a company called NatraCure.  They asked if I would be willing to try one of their products for an honest review.  I googled their company and checked out their products that were all geared towards pain relief.  I wasn’t sure which item they wanted me to try, but I agreed after viewing their website.  I was thrilled when they said they were sending me the Arthritis Mittens because honestly, my hands just hurt!  I was really looking forward to trying this product to see if I could get some relief.  The following review is based on my experience with the Arthritis Mittens and may vary from others.

First impression.  The mittens arrived in a small box that seemed to have some weight to it.  They are powder blue with dark blue starbursts.  The instructions indicated that the starbursts turn to “hot” flame when the mittens get hot and fade back to the blue starbursts when cool again.

I thought this was a nice safety feature.  The outer layer of the mittens are very soft.  Cuddly soft and feel really nice against the skin.  There are flax seeds that are pocketed on the front and back of the fingers and the palm and back of the hand.  The seeds also surround both thumbs.  The seeds are what add the weight, but it seems to be well balance and practically hugs the hand and fingers when heated.   So the outside of the mitten…awesome.  Then I felt the inside.  I was shocked to feel a silicone rubbery material inside.  I was turned off at first, but when the mittens are warm, the silicone feels a lot like a paraffin wax treatment.  So soothing.  I feel my hands melt into the gloves.  You do have to play around with the microwave time to get the temperature that works for you.  I was heating them up at the same time, but that did not work very well in my microwave.  The heat lasts between 5-20 minutes.  Obviously, the heat fades over the course of time, but even at 20 minutes, the gloves are still soothing.

My overall impression of the NatraCure arthritis mittens?  I like them very much.

Pros:  Comfortable, soothing, and gel lining does feel like paraffin wax.
Cons: heating time varies and thumb does not consistently get hot.

Overall, I like these mittens and they helped me a lot today since I had to shovel over 2 feet of snow.  Thanks NatraCure.  I’ll put these Arthritis Mittens to good use!  Check them out for yourself.

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Kelly holds masters degrees in both Special Education and Speech-Language Pathology. She works full-time as a speech-language pathologist in both a public school setting and as an adjunct faculty member at a university, in Philadelphia, PA. She specializes in both autism and augmentative/alternative communication and took her skills to Uganda, Africa to start a special needs program for disabled children living in an orphanage in 2011. Kelly began experiencing symptoms of autoimmune arthritis in 1984 (while in her teens) but wasn’t officially diagnosed with autoimmune arthritis until 2001. Her first diagnosis was Sjogren’s syndrome. Eventually her diagnosis was changed to sero-negative RA and now Polyarticular Spondlyoarthropathy. She also manages thyroid disease (resulting from Graves Disease), fibromyalgia, renin-deficient hypertension, and disseminated superficial actinic porokeratosis (DSAP) on a daily basis. Kelly connected with other autoimmune arthritis patients via social media in 2008. She began volunteering with the “Buckle Me UP! Movement”, which evolved into the International Autoimmune Arthritis Movement (IAAM) beginning in 2009. Then became a cofounder of IFAA in 2013. She has represented the ACR on Capitol Hill as an Advocate for Arthritis, was a finalist in Wego Health’s Health Activist Hero awards in 2014, and speaks at various healthcare conferences as a patient advocate in the Philadelphia area.

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