My daughter has taken her CPR (First Aid) course [bless her, at least someone in our family can help!]; one thing that stuck in my mind after helping her study for her test(s) was: the R.I.C.E. method. Rest Ice Compression Elevation. This is the KEY for injury recovery. For me, having arthritis, I have to be concerned with on-going care.
Osteoarthritis (OA) and Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) are chronic diseases that may last a lifetime. Learning how to manage the pain over the long term is an important factor in controlling the disease and maintaining a good quality of life.
Heat and cold: The use of either heat or cold depends on the type of arthritis. Moist heat, such as a warm bath or shower, or dry heat, such as a heating pad, placed on the painful area of the joint for about 15 minutes may relieve the pain. An ice pack wrapped in a towel and placed on the sore area for about 15 minutes may help to reduce the swelling and pain. If you have poor circulation, do not use cold packs.
Dr. Cool Wraps … not just for athletes!
Since using Dr. Cool Wraps, I’ve discovered that compression, and use of heat and cold. helps reduce the pain I feel associated with my arthritis. It’s not a cure; however, it is a great way to help manage my pain. I still need to get around; I still need to get my day-to-day activities done. Dr. Cool wraps can be used as a compression wrap, and as a cold/compression wrap! I love it!
Dr. Cool Wraps is an innovative product. It is easy to care for, and works wonderfully [much better than my regular wraps]. Both the small and medium size wraps have a hole in them … this is perfect to either slip your thumb through them, or anchor it on your knee with. It makes wrapping what you have to wrap much easier! I love that it only takes 20 minutes to freeze, that it isn’t bulky, and that it doesn’t drip! It lasts about 20 minutes, when applied directly to the skin. This is perfect because that is approximately how long ice therapy should be applied for. It’s a convenient, ice and compression wrap, that is an on-the-go solution so that you don’t have to slow down.
Dr. Cool Recovery-On-The-Go Wraps: http://youtu.be/jSIGrI8JQOU via @YouTube
… as Dr. Cool says, “Dr. Cool is the ONLY product to combine ice and compression in one flexible wrap. Injuries happen, but life does not need to slow down to get better.“
Wrap what aches in a Dr. Cool Recovery-On-The-Go Wrap. Dr. Cool wraps can be used dry as a compression wrap to support and protect various body parts during activities, or frozen to combine cold and compression to reduce swelling and speed recovery mid or post-activity. To use Dr. Cool wraps as a cold compress, consumers wet the wrap then roll and freeze it; Coolcore’s patented material will keep the fabric colder, longer.
With Dr. Cool you don’t need to slow down to get better. The Dr. Cool wrap is like a bag of ice woven into a bandage–minus the mess and the traditional crusty beige bandage material. The Coolcore fabric keeps the wrap cooler, longer and works without nasty chemicals, so the cooling benefits last the life of the product. It all equals life-friendly recovery for people who don’t have time to sit around and listen to their injuries nag.
Available in three sizes [3” x 25”, 4” x 50”, 6” x 50”] to wrap anywhere, Dr. Cool is ready to handle any body part. Take it with you on any adventure (or just to work)–it rolls up small so it’s always at the ready when you need it. Get creative and wrap it however you like, anywhere that needs some cold therapy or simply a supportive compression wrap.
… and there are 7 gorgeous colours to pick from! Hint: you can even co-ordinate with what you are wearing! Here I go for my walk:
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