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TheraCalm™ blankets


 Available in a variety of weights.  

Rolls or folds compactly.  Wipe clean or throw into the laundry.

TheraCalm™ Mini


 Concentrated effectiveness as joint wraps or neck wraps.

Heat or Chill 

TheraCalm™ lap pads


 Helps create a grounded feeling to promote calmness and reduced anxiety.  Heat and the soothing warmth can help with cramping.  

TheraCalm™ blankets are effective in creating a more comfortable and positive experience for those in your care.  

Patients and clients are seeking practitioners who offer unique and alternative solutions to improve their overall experience.  Offering an innovate, non-pharmacological intervention for anxiety reduction will set your practice apart. 

Weighted blankets create the sensation of being hugged, similar to a swaddled baby. 

This sensation effectively calms the sympathetic nervous system, reducing the “fight or flight” reaction and allowing you to work more easily with anxious patients or clients. 


TheraCalm™ weighted blankets are specially designed to help reduce feelings of anxiety for patients during stressful procedures, appointments or difficult times in their lives.

Useful applications of TheraCalm weighted blankets include but are not limited to:

  • Psychotherapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Chemotherapy anxiety and fatigue
  • Dementia
  • Long Term Care
  • Physiotherapy
  • Athletic Therapy
  • Massage Therapy


Available in a variety of weights.  Removable fabric covers are available as an option. Custom colors and logos an option for volume purchases. 

TheraCalm™products are made from wipe-clean material and conform to multi-user disinfection protocols.  


TheraCalm™ blankets are made with medical-grade, water-resistant woven nylon fabric. They can be wiped clean with pre-saturated disinfectant wipes or thrown into a front-loading washing machine. And they conform to disinfectant protocols for multi-patient use environments.


  • For warmth: Heat to a maximum temperature of 130° F/55° C and let the retained heat radiate and soothe.  DO NOT use in microwave oven.
  • For cooling: Chill your TheraCalm™ blanket in the freezer for 15 minutes and enjoy the comforting cool of the glass bead filling.

Technical Information:

  • Made from medical-grade, hypoallergenic nylon fabric
  • Available in a variety of sizes and weights
  • Filled with glass micro beads
  • Cleanable in a washing machine or with disinfectant wipes
  • Includes a one-year warranty

WARRANTY  products are guaranteed against defects in workmanship for 1 year. 



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research & Validation

Alleviating Anxiety by Using a Weighted Blanket

“Deep touch pressure (DTP) is generally referred to as a form of tactile sensory input, which is often provided by holding, stroking, hugging, swaddling, and squeezing. […] The weighted blanket is used as a DTP intervention tool for sensory modulation. It has been increasingly employed in acute mental health care settings for crisis intervention, preparatory purposes, and as it gives subjects the feelings of safety, relaxation, and comfort.”

Chen, H.-Y, Yang, H., Chi, H.-J, & Chen, H.-M. (2013). Physiological Effects of Deep Touch Pressure on Anxiety Alleviation: The Weighted Blanket Approach. Journal of Medical and Biological Engineering, 33, 463-470.


An Asset in Trauma-Informed Care

“…sensory modulation interventions such as [weighted blankets] are used to assist individuals in achieving and maintaining an optimal level of nervous system arousal to help support self-regulation and participation in meaningful roles and occupations… [Weighted Blankets] are particularly promising in the area of trauma-informed care because they can be used to help foster self-care, self-nurturance, rest, sleep, and stabilization.”

Champagne, T., Mullen, B., Dickson, D., & Krishnamurty, S. (2015). Evaluating the Safety and Effectiveness of the Weighted Blanket With Adults During an Inpatient Mental Health Hospitalization. Occupational Therapy in Mental Health, 31(3), 211-233


Anxiety Disorder in Seniors Living in Long-Term Facilities Presents a Problem

“…left untreated, anxiety can lead to: a decline in an older person’s ability to carry out daily tasks; poorer health; and decreased life satisfaction … anxiety is more frequently experienced by long-term care residents than by the general community.”

Creighton, A. S., Davison, T. E. – DPsych, & Kissane, D. W. – M.D. (2016). Anxiety Disorders In Seniors Living In Long-Term Facilities Presents A Problem. 


Supporting Children with Development Disabilities

 “[The Sensory Adapted Environment, including the use of Deep Touch Pressure] creates a significant effect for both children with developmental disability and typical children undergoing a high anxiety procedure.

Shapiro, M., Sgan-Cohen, H. D., Parush, S., & Melmed, R. N. (2009). Influence of Adapted Environment on the Anxiety of Medically Treated Children with Developmental Disability. The Journal of Pediatrics,154(4), 546-550. doi:10.1016/j.jpeds.2008.10.017


Providing Deeper and Longer Sleep

 “…a weighted blanket may aid in reducing insomnia through increased tactile and proprioceptive inputs, may provide an innovative, non-pharmacological approach and complementary tool to improve sleep quality.”

Ackerley, R., Badre, G., & Olausson, H. (2015). Positive Effects of a Weighted Blanket on Insomnia. Journal of Sleep Medicine & Disorders, 2(3), 1-7.



TheraCalm DFU (pdf)


Physiotherapy Infection Prevention Control (pdf)



 Ballast Blankets is licenced in accordance with the Medical Devices Regulations of the Food and Drugs Act to manufacture medical devices for distribution.  

Manufactured in Canada under licence and registration with Health Canada. 

Registered as a Class I medical device.