Get proactive in treating your aches and pains by keeping at least one of our Hot & Cold Therapy Gel Packs on hand. Microwave and freezer safe, this gel pack is convenient and easy to use.
There is so much confusion surrounding this topic, which is unfortunate because RICE treatment combined with therapeutic icing and heating (cryotherapy and thermotherapy) is an effective, affordable, and safe self-treatment option for many common, painful problems including:
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In order to understand the benefits of cold, hot, and contrast therapy, it’s important to know why and when heat and ice work for pain relief—and when they don’t. Keep reading for more specifics and insight on what type of temperature therapy you should be using.
Knowing what situations call for heat, and which call for ice can be tricky. Sometimes a single treatment might include both. As a general rule of thumb, use cold for acute injuries or pain, inflammation, and swelling. Use heat for muscle pain, tightness, and stiffness.
When chilled, our flexible ice pack eases discomfort from acute injuries, sprains or strains, muscle soreness, spasms, bruises, swelling, and tension headaches.
The use of ice, or very cold temperatures, in a medical manner is known as cryotherapy. It is effective because it causes your blood vessels to narrow (vasoconstriction). Your muscles contract, inflammation is lowered, and pain signals are reduced.
On the contrary, ice can make muscle tension and spasms worse.
When warmed, our heating pad soothes pain caused by cramping, stiff necks, backaches, and arthritis.
Unlike ice, heat therapy is a vasodilator, increasing circulation by expanding your blood vessels. This increased blood flow draws nutrients and oxygen to the injured area, which aids the healing process and helps your body’s cells get rid of waste products.
Unlike ice, heat can make inflammation and swelling worse so avoid hot therapy when treating an acute injury. Acute injuries are usually the result of a single, traumatic event, such as wrist fractures, ankle sprains, shoulder dislocations, and muscle strain.
Sometimes, choosing only ice or heat doesn’t provide enough relief, which is where contrast therapy comes in. Contrast therapy involves alternating applications of heat and ice to relieve pain associated with injury or overexertion. With this therapeutic method, you can simultaneously lessen puffiness, promote circulation, and loosen tight muscles.
This is usually achieved with a hot and cold bath, either dunking a limb or even immersing your entire body. However, a similar effect can also be achieved with two of our gel packs. Simply cycle between cold and hot therapy over a 20 to 30-minute period, with each application of an ice / heat lasting three to five minutes. End with an ice pack.
Research shows contrasting is most effective for treating repetitive strain injuries, so the best candidates for contrasting are those who suffer from:
Looking for hands-free support? This pack can be used alone and wrapped in a towel, but it also can be inserted into the pocket of our Neoprene Compression Back Brace or LSO Back Brace. These braces are specifically designed to provide concentrated cold / hot therapy to your sore or injured back, with the added benefit of compressing and supporting your mid- to low-back. When considering other areas of the body, note that this pack can also be used in combination with an ace medical bandage wrap or an abdominal binder.
Microwaveable and freezer-friendly, non-crystallizing gel allows the pack to remain soft and pliable when heated or chilled, contouring easily around your body’s joints and curves.
Our premium, hot or cold compress is made with the best non-toxic, CMC gel. Natural and odorless, making it safe for all safe ages. Keep in mind that supervision is strongly advised when applying this product on kids, incapacitated adults, or elderly patients.
Covered in durable, puncture-resistant plastic, our gel pack is easy to wipe clean after every use thanks to its smooth surface.
Our hot and cold compress is filled full of medical-grade gel, allowing the pack to remain therapeutically cold or hot for extended periods of time.
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