Heat & Cold Therapy
When the worst happens and you injure yourself during exercise, it can help to have some ice/hot packs on hand. Working to soothe the damaged area, whether you prefer to use heat or ice, these packs will help to reduce inflammation.
About Ice/Hot Packs
All our therapy packs have been designed to deliver extreme temperatures to specific areas. Targeting the injury in this way is the most effective way to ensure it gets the treatment it needs. While most of our products require the user to hold the ice/hot packs in place, we also offer kool pak bandages and patches. These stay put until the pain subsides and then you can remove them yourself.
Cold packs work by reducing the blood flow to an area, which also reduces inflammation and swelling. Hot packs are the opposite, increasing the blood flow in an area, soothing the muscles.
Should I Choose Ice or Hot Packs?
It can often be difficult to choose between ice/hot packs. Sometimes an injury can be made worse by picking the wrong one. Other times an injury requires a bit of both.
Generally acute pain caused by injury and inflammation should be treated with an ice pack. A heat pack is better for muscular aches or stiff joints. Never use a heat pack for bruising or open wounds, since this can make the injury worse. Some people with pre-existing medical conditions should also avoid the use of heat packs.
When using cold therapy, the treatment is usually only required for a short period of time. However, heat packs can be applied for longer without any ill effects.
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