How Hot Cold Therapy Works
When you tear a muscle or sprain joints – soft tissue damage occurs, blood vessels rupture and the injury site begins to swell. Applying cold therapy to treat injuries yields the following benefits:
- A decrease in fluid buildup and swelling at the site of injury by constricting blood vessels and slowing down the metabolism of the cells.
- Nerve endings at the site of the injury are numbed which decreases their ability to send impulses perceived as pain to the brain.
- It slows the release of chemicals that cause pain and inflammation.
RICE Treatment Principles
The R.I.C.E technique involves all the components that are needed to prevent further injury to the damaged site immediately after the injury has been sustained. If applied correctly and in time the R.I.C.E technique can greatly reduce the recovery time. The R.I.C.E technique is the gold standard treatment of acute sporting injuries. The most important time in the treatment of acute sporting injuries is the first 24-48 hours.
The letters R.I.C.E are abbreviations for:
Heat Therapy is the application of heat to the body for pain relief. Heat is generally used for more long-term injuries that have no inflammation or swelling. Sore muscles and stiff joints are well suited to heat therapy. For sportspersons, heat can be applied before exercise, to increase elasticity. However, heat should NOT be used post-workout – ice is the preferred option in this situation.
Compression may also be combined with heating to warm an injured area much more quickly than heat therapy on its won. Due to increased contact with skin and increased tissue density, tissues will reach their optimal heated temperature quicker, and will maintain it for longer periods after the treatment ends. Heat therapy helps relieve pain and stiffness, and with the added component of compression, its benefits are fully optimised and achieved more quickly.
Note: Don’t heat the injured area for longer than 20-minute intervals, or whilst sleeping.
Gel Bead Technology
The technology contained in every gel bead pack is an innovative approach to an age-old therapy. Taking influence from the traditional method of using a bag of frozen peas to apply cold therapy, gel bead packs were designed with the customer in mind. Whether chilled or heated, the gel bead packs conveniently hold their temperature for the medically advised time of 20 minutes and conforms to your body to deliver the perfect relief from your aches and pains.
Easily pliable when chilled or frozen, the gel bead technology can reach cold enough temperatures to effectively provide localised pain relief, whilst also maintaining a degree of flexibility that more traditional gel packs simply cannot achieve. Gel beads packs will stay soft and smooth on your skin.
When conveniently heated in a microwave, the gel bead pack is the perfect solution to relax your muscles and encourage blood flow and healing. Delivering consistent heat therapy directly to your desired relief area without a mess.