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Localized Temperature Therapy Products Market

Localized Temperature Therapy Products Market by Product Type (Localized Neonatal Therapy Product, Warming Mattress, Infant Heel Warmers, Localized Heat Therapy Product, Others), Area of Application (Neck, Shoulder, Knee, Back, Others), Distribution Channel & Region - Forecast to 2020-2030

Localized Temperature Therapy Products Market by Product Type (Localized Neonatal Therapy Product, Warming Mattress, Infant Heel Warmers, Localized Heat Therapy Product, Others), Area of Application (Neck, Shoulder, Knee, Back, Others), Distribution Channel & Region - Forecast to 2020-2030

Localized Temperature Therapy Products Market - Analysis, Outlook, Growth, Trends, Forecasts


According to a recent report by Future Market Insights (FMI), the global market for localized temperature therapy products is estimated to reflect promising growth. The manufacturing of temperature therapy products ride on the back of demand for non-invasive, non-addictive solutions for pain management issues arising from ailments such as arthritis, and for management of hypothermia among others.

The market is projected to witness sustained growth between 2020 and 2030. In addition, the industry is likely to accrue lucrative opportunities during the ongoing coronavirus crisis, with potential for heat therapy solutions for therapeutic applications in treatment, which could bolster short term sales figures.

The market is expected to sustain promising growth in the coming years with rising interest from pharmaceutical manufacturers, for pain management solutions aimed towards geriatrics. The increasing use of disposable products has been an enabler to growth in the industry.

Non-Invasive, Drug Free Pain Management Therapy to Bolster Growth

Millions of people around the world face physical accidents every day. Minor injuries and associated treatments are key factors fuelling the demand for localized temperature therapy products. Cold packs are found to be effective against severe body pain, while heat therapies have found use in relief for stiff muscles and joints. For instance, according to the Institute of Medical Sciences, Tzu Chi University, Taiwan, cupping heat therapy has displayed promising results in treating chronic shoulder and neck pain.

Increasing bias of patients towards non-surgical, pharma free solutions are expected to support market growth through the forecast period. In addition, the vast global geriatric population, who are more prone to osteoporosis and arthritis are preferring localized temperature therapy products, which can find roles in home care procedures. These trends are key factors that will provide impetus to demand in years to come. 

Hypothermia Prevention Applications Witness Surge

Market players are finding potentially lucrative opportunities for growth in the hypothermia prevention and treatment segment, particularly in developing economies with larger populations of malnourished people. According to the World Health Organization, factors such as poor metabolism, larger body surface area, fat loss, and higher risk of pathological infections will support the demand for localized temperature therapy products.

The low cost of products such as heating therapy pads are finding popularity, especially in low-resource, healthcare settings. Regions with unreliable electricity supply are witnessing increased adoption of products such as heat lamps market. However, it becomes increasingly important for healthcare professionals to be aware of such simple interventions to treat hypothermia conditions to reduce fatality rates.

Key Challenges

Localized heat therapies can increase inflammation and swelling in cases of misuse. Heat therapies are ineffective immediately after physical activity, owing to higher body temperatures. Cold therapy products have limited capabilities in terms of prolonged heat transfer, and treatments are unlikely to provide relief for longer duration without fresh application.

These therapy products also can potentially cause hot or cold burns in cases of prolonged direct exposure. Further, growing competition from herbal pain relief products and the growing popularity of reusable packs are reducing the sales prospects of the market in the long term.

Region-wise Analysis

North America Localized Temperature Therapy Products Market

North America is estimated to be the leading market for localized temperature therapy products globally, accounting for close to 40% of the overall revenue share throughout the forecast period. Rising emphasis by market players on treatments for sports injuries, a demand for heat therapy for injuries in lower limb injuries and higher incidences if musculoskeletal disorders will bolster growth in the region.

According to the American Cancer Society, induced hyperthermia has displayed potential in cancer treatment. Consequently, the demand for localized heat therapy products are likely to gain impetus in the long term. Also, healthcare professionals in the region are applying these temperature therapy products in the treatment of exhaustion and to prevent heat stroke, with support growth through the assessment period.

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Europe Localized Temperature Therapy Products Market?

Europe is a mature market that has been reflecting a promising 6% CAGR through the forecast period. Development in novel thermotherapy products to meet the needs of heat-sensitive ailments, and access of patients to higher quality healthcare facilities in compared to most parts of the world, will generate lucrative growth opportunities for manufacturers to expand penetration geographically in the region.

According to the European Environment Agency, the region has been exposed to a greater frequency of extreme heat and cold waves in the past decade. Consequently, the rates of morbidity and mortality have also gone up, especially among vulnerable populations. Further, this trend is expected to worsen in the near future, making the need for localized temperature therapy treatments increasingly important in the region for the projection period.

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East Asia Localized Temperature Therapy Products Market?

Localized temperature therapy products in East Asia, i.e., China, Japan, and South Korea is projected to display relatively higher growth rate during the assessment period, with China being the primary driver for market growth in the region. For instance, researchers in China have found promising results in the use of targeted temperature management for treating patients recovering from cardiac arrests.

Localized temperature therapy products are witnessing greater adoption for induced hypothermia for prolonged durations, in cases of return of spontaneous circulation, in efforts to improve neurological outcomes, which generate favorable environment for sale and adoption of offerings from the industry. Gel pad cooling devices and water blanket products in particular are gaining ground for these applications here.

Category-wise Insights

Localized Heat Therapy Products Emerge Dominant

On the basis of product type, localized temperature therapy products are available as localized neonatal therapy products, localized heat therapy products, and localized cold therapy products. Of these localized heat therapy products account for relatively higher and fast-growing demand.

The segment, led by hot water bottles market will account for nearly 60% of the overall market share owing to efficacy in long term pain relief processes, coupled with greater adoption rates from global adult demographics. In addition, longer exposure of heat therapy can be used for severe pain cases in comparison to cold therapy options, supporting adoption for the long term.

Back Pain Treatment Exhibiting High Demand

Localized temperature therapy products are witnessing demand for healthcare applications for the neck, shoulder, knee, back, and others. Of these, back pain treatment applications can be attributed to major revenue share of near 27% in the market.

Heat therapy has found extensive use in not only dealing with minor back pain, but also for lumbar spinal injuries, through increase in blood flow, and the resultant growth in nutrient and oxygen concentrations to damaged tissue. Also, heat therapy has high efficacy in increasing back flexibility, which is critical in maintaining back health.

Retail Pharmacies Remain Sought-after

The numerous forms of localized temperature therapy products are largely available through hospital, retail, and online pharmacies. Of these options, retail pharmacies account for nearly half of all revenue share.

The growth of sales from retail pharmacies can be attributed to the widespread penetration of the distribution network, low costs of products, and easy access to patients, seeking pain management solutions for home use, which will aid growth prospects for the foreseeable future.

Competitive Landscape

Players operating in the localized temperature therapy products market are emphasizing on strategies to minimize the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. As restrictions on elective medical procedures influence industry developments, there is greater focus on neonatal care and hypothermia prevention applications.

Companies are increasingly investing in research and development efforts aimed towards the incorporation of novel technologies in their offerings, in addition to strategic acquisitions, mergers and capacity expansions on a global level.

Medtronic plc has announced the receipt of approval for the European CE certification for its Visualase MRI Guided laser ablation system. The machine enables real time heating therapy for neurosurgical applications for thermographic imaging. The device is claimed to avoid damage to tissues out of the targeted area.

Cardinal Health has unveiled the DEHP and latex free Argyle Infant Heel Warmer product aimed towards neonatal care, enabling activation simply through the product pouch, without requiring cooling off period. The company has also unveiled a course for healthcare professionals such as nurses on the use of localized temperature therapy as a viable treatment option.

Medline Industries Inc. has released its T/Pump temperature therapy system, which provides both, localized warming and cooling therapy for patient relief from chronic pain conditions, integrated with colder style connectors, t-flash technology for small temperature changes and compatible, random flow design pads for consistent regulation of water flow.

In addition to these participants, some other prominent localized temperature therapy product manufacturers are:

  • Cincinnati Sub Zero
  • B.u.W. Schmidt
  • Pic Solution
  • Rapid Aid
  • Macon & Company Inc.
  • Adroit Medical Systems
  • Advanced Home Care
  • Life Wear Technologies
  • The Metholatum Company
  • Core Products International Inc.
  • Carex Health Breg Inc.
  • Kobayashi Pharmaceutical Co. Inc.

The list is only indicative – full list of localized temperature therapy products key players is available upon request.

Localized Temperature Therapy Products Industry Report: Scope

Attribute Details
Forecast Period 2020-2030
Historical Data Available for 2015-2019
Market Analysis USD Million for value
Key Regions Covered North America, Latin America, Europe, East Asia, South Asia, Oceania, Middle East & Africa
Key Countries Covered US, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Germany, U.K., France, Italy, Spain, BENELUX, Russia, China, Japan, South Korea, India, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand, GCC Countries, Turkey, South Africa
Key Segments Covered Product Type, Area of Application, Distribution Channel, and Region
Key Companies Profiled Medtronic plc, Cardinal Health, Medline Industries Inc., Cincinnati Sub Zero, B.u.W. Schmidt, Pic Solution, Rapid Aid, Macon &a Company Inc., Adroit Medical Systems, Advanced Home Care, Life Wear Technologies, The Mentholatum Company, Core Products International Inc., Carex Health Breg Inc., Kobayashi Pharmaceutical (H.K.) Co. Inc.
Report Coverage Market Forecast, brand share analysis, competition intelligence, DROT analysis, Market Dynamics and Challenges, Strategic Growth Initiatives
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Key Segments

Product Type

  • Localized Neonatal Therapy Product
  • Warming Mattress
  • Infant Heel Warmers
  • Localized Heat Therapy Product
  • Hot Water Bottles
  • Heat Lamps
  • Paraffin Bath
  • Gel Hot Packs
  • Localized Cold Therapy Product
  • Vapocoolant Sprays
  • Thermal Cooling Blanket
  • Disposable Ice Bags
  • Cold Packs

Area of Application

  • Neck
  • Shoulder
  • Knee
  • Back
  • Others

Distribution Channel

  • Hospital Pharmacies
  • Retail Pharmacies
  • Online Pharmacies

Regional Outlook

  • North America (U.S., Canada)
  • Latin America (Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Rest of LATAM)
  • Europe (Germany, U.K., France, Italy, Spain, BENELUX, Russia, Rest of Europe)
  • East Asia (China, Japan, South Korea)
  • South Asia (India, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Rest of South Asia)
  • Oceania (Australia, New Zealand)
  • Middle East & Africa (GCC Countries, Turkey, South Africa, Rest of MEA)

Key Questions Answered in the Report

What is the localized temperature therapy products market size?

The localized temperature therapy products market size is forecast to surpass US$ 2.6 billion by 2030. The market is estimated to rise at 6% CAGR between 2020 and 2030.
Some of the top companies operating in the market are Medtronic plc, Adroit Medical Systems, cardinal Health, Rapid Aid, Medline Industries Inc., Carex Health Breg Inc., and Core Products International Inc. among others.
Localized temperature therapy products find use in treatments for conditions such as muscle spasms, arthritis, and in pain management therapies.
Localized temperature therapy products are available in three key types, neonatal therapy, heat therapy, and cold therapy products. Of these, the demand for localized heat therapy is substantially greater than the others.
China, India, Brazil, and Japan will be lucrative regions for the market. These countries have been displaying innovations in thermo therapies in addition to expenditure on healthcare facility modernization, which support growth. However, stringency in regulations, and low profit margins will challenge the industry.
Europe is a mature, lucrative market, and it is anticipated to account for major share in the overall industry. The rising demand primarily from the UK, Germany, and France will support growth in the years ahead.

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