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Netflix’ popular series, Cobra Kai, features a Rapid Aid product during the state championship match

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Netflix’s smash hit, Cobra Kai, is a continuation of the popular 1980’s Karate Kid series. Decades after their 1984 All Valley Karate Tournament bout, a middle-aged Daniel LaRusso, and Johnny Lawrence find themselves martial-arts rivals again. Rapid Aid’s in-house branded product, the Rapid Relief Instant Cold Pack, can be seen given to bad guy Johnny Keene’s son, Robby, by an EMS paramedic after Robby’s shoulder is dislocated during the state championship.  After icing his injury with the cold pack, Robby feels good enough to get back on the mat and continue to fight.

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Rapid Relief Instant Cold Packs are a great economical choice for on-the-spot cold therapy.  They work to reduce swelling and provide instant comfort after an injury immediately. Simple to use – all you do fold the product in half until you hear the inner bag pop, shake contents, and apply to the affected area. These packs are more convenient than ice as they are easy to use and very portable and can use them anywhere, anytime.

If you suffer an injury such as a shoulder dislocation like Johnny did, or break a bone, always seek medical attention immediately. Applying a cold pack to the injured area as quickly as possible is also recommended to help reduce swelling and further injury. The cold will help to restrict the blood flow to the area while numbing the pain. Once a doctor has seen your injury, you can alternate between hot and cold therapy for the best results. The cold treatment will help alleviate the pain, while the hot therapy will provide much-needed comfort (Keep in mind that you should never apply hot or cold therapy for more than 20 minutes at a time).

Rapid Relief’s instant product line also includes instant hot and instant warm packs. These products are great to use when you want instant relief to soothe sore muscles and ease joint pain. They are a great product to have on hand in your home and suitable for schools, sports, dojo’s, fitness gyms, and urgent healthcare facilities.

You can watch the rest of the Cobra Kai Dojo saga on Netflix as the story of the Miyagi-Verse continues.

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Rapid Aid Debunks Top 10 Hot and Cold Therapy Myths

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Misinformation surrounding cryotherapy (cold therapy) and thermotherapy (hot therapy) is common because many people assume they understand when to use one versus the other. As the leader in hot and cold therapy solutions, we know a thing or two about the technology and application of both therapies. With all of our expertise, we can help debunk some myths surrounding them to help you make more informed decisions about treatment and care.

Myth 1: It’s okay to leave cold or hot therapy products on skin longer than 20 minutes.

When icing or heating an injury, it’s not a good idea to leave an ice or heat pack on the affected area for too long because you can cause further damage to the muscle tissue you’re trying to repair. Icing an injury for more than 20 minutes can also cause frostbite on the skin or even nerve damage. To counteract the cold, our bodies open blood vessels, which can increase swelling—the very thing you’re trying to reduce. Comparably, heat application is commonly used for more chronic injuries. Although heat therapy can help provide comfort to an injury, if it is chronic in nature, you should consult a doctor prior to use or treatment.

Myth 2: Hot and cold therapy is only useful for injuries.

A common misconception about hot and cold therapeutic treatments is that they’re only applicable for injuries or sustained pain and swelling due to an injury. Thermotherapy and cryotherapy have an assortment of uses outside of injury treatment, including:

  • Maternity pain relief: During pregnancy, aches and pains are common due to the growing baby and your changing body. Heat and cold therapy can help many women mitigate swelling of limbs and headaches due to hormone changes. During labor and after birth, hot and cold therapy can relax muscles and act as a nerve distractor to reduce pain perception.
  • Skin and dermatological conditions: Because cold can constrict blood vessels and tighten pores, many individuals use it to reduce under-eye puffiness, minimize skin redness, and prevent oil and dirt from clogging pores.
  • Wellness and comfort: Wellness and comfort are essential to completing our everyday tasks and living our lives to the fullest. Heat therapy can ease discomfort for individuals experiencing menstrual cramps, stomach aches, growing pains, or simply help with relaxation at the end of a long day. Cold therapy is ideal for cooling down the body on hot days or during a fever and reducing sweating after playing sports or for individuals who experience hot flashes.

Myth 3: You can’t use an ice pack for a headache. It’ll make it worse!

When most people have headaches, they’re more inclined to reach for the acetaminophen before they ever think to pull out an ice pack or heating pad for relief. Believe it or not, cold and heat can be used to lessen the pain of headaches and chronic migraines. For chronic migraine sufferers, cold packs serve to constrict blood vessels and reduce the neurotransmission of pain. On the other hand, sufferers of tension-type headaches may choose heat packs as heat can increase blood flow to the area and relax tense muscles that can cause muscle-contraction headaches.

Myth 4: Never use hot and cold therapy on animals.

Like humans, animals can experience injuries that may require treatment. Hot and cold therapy can be a temporary relief for your animal suffering from swelling, inflammation, and pain. Applying cold therapy to an affected area can penetrate deeper and last longer than heat due to decreased circulation. Similarly, heat can be used for managing sub-acute injuries (lasting 24-72 hours) and chronic conditions in animals to increase blood flow, resulting in faster healing or relaxing of muscles. It’s always best to consult with your veterinarian before administering hot or cold therapy for your pet.

Myth 5: It’s okay to apply ice to your bare skin.

Regardless of how little time you leave ice on the skin, it’s not a good idea to place it directly on there in the first place. Using ice or an ice pack directly on the skin can cause severe frostbite in minutes with long-lasting effects. When ice comes in contact with skin, it forms ice crystals on skin cells and decreases blood flow, depriving the tissues of oxygen that produces underlying and permanent damage. Instead, use a protective layer such as a cloth or a sleeve into which you can insert your hot or cold pack. Alternatively, you could use direct to skin products such as clay wraps or oat bags that are made with a soft fabric.

Myth 6: Ice packs are safe to use on open wounds.

Using thermotherapy or cryotherapy on a skin laceration is not safe. Skin is much more vulnerable to freezing without the top layers of the skin acting as a protective barrier, and heat application can increase blood flow, causing further bleeding. Additionally, unintended bacteria could enter the wound, causing more damage or a slower and more painful healing process. Always consult a doctor before using at-home treatments for an open wound.

Myth 7: It’s okay to use hot and cold therapy for my children.

While we’re not ones to hand out parenting advice, we don’t recommend using hot and cold therapy for an injury on children under two. However, thermotherapy and cryotherapy can be great treatments for stomach discomfort, fevers, and growing pains in children over the age of two. Remember, when using heat or ice on a child, always be present to monitor the application.

Myth 8: Instant cold packs or hot packs are safe to refreeze.

Unfortunately, you cannot refreeze a single-use instant cold pack because it’s chemically impossible and potentially unsafe. Instant cold packs are made up of internal bags: One containing water and the other holding a chemical like calcium ammonium nitrate. When you shake the pack, the two substances combine, leading to an endothermic reaction. This reaction is what causes the pack to turn cold for several minutes. Attempting to reuse a cold pack can cause wear on the external bag and possible leakage of the chemicals inside.

Myth 9: Using an ice pack for a concussion won’t help.

Although there’s no effective medical treatment that can lessen the severity of a concussion or brain injury, using an ice pack on the affected area as soon as the injury occurs can aid in instant pain relief. Using an ice pack can be useful for a concussion as it can absorb the heat from the head and reduce swelling in the area, which can possibly result in faster recovery time.

Myth 10: You should use only ice or only heat on an injury, not both.

Generally, the type of therapy used on an injury will depend on the injury itself. For acute injuries or single-traumatic-event injuries such as fractures, sprains, or dislocations, use ice to reduce pain and inflammation. Heat is most effective for muscle pain or stiffness to release tightness and relax muscles. Moreover, according to Harvard Health, injuries such as muscle strain can benefit from heat and ice in an alternating pattern to reduce swelling and then increase circulation.

For more information about hot and cold therapy products ideal for injuries, pregnancy, children, or animals, check out Rapid Aid’s product section or contact one of our sales agents.

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Hot and Cold Therapy- Application Uses During and After Pregnancy

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Pregnancy and childbirth can be an uncomfortable time for many women; between the sore feet, aching back, the mind-numbing pain of childbirth and the aftermath of it all.  Fortunately, there are safe and economical solutions to help ease those discomforts.  Hot and Cold therapy used as pain management is a proven method of helping to relieve pain to various parts of the body and can also provide soothing comfort. An added bonus of hot and cold therapy, especially for pregnant women, is the natural and drug free properties it possesses.

The First Trimester

During the first trimester, the changes to a woman’s body can cause tender or swollen breasts and headaches, which can both be remedied by applying a warm or cold compress to the affected areas. Additionally, morning sickness or nausea can occur so laying down with a cold compress can be of great comfort.

The Second Trimester

The second trimester of a woman’s pregnancy is generally considered the easier of the three but is still not immune to uncomfortable symptoms. Many women begin to feel the weight of both the baby and the extra weight they have gained, causing pain in the back, legs, hips and groin.  Applying heat therapy to any of these areas will help soothe the discomfort and provide some much needed relief.

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The Third Trimester

Entering the third trimester signals that the end of pregnancy is near; however, it also brings the most discomfort of the pregnancy. The aches and pains that started in the second trimester become more pronounced and the growing belly can also become uncomfortable at times. A warm compress such as a microwaveable gel, oat or clay pad can bring the relief that is needed.  The use of cold therapy during pregnancy can also be beneficial.  Swollen feet and hands are a common symptom of pregnancy but can be alleviated by the application of a cold compress. Additionally, some women can develop hemorrhoids during the third trimester, causing great distress; alas the power of cold therapy. A perineal cold pack applied to the area will help to numb the pain and provide a great deal of comfort.

Birth and After Care

The final phase of pregnancy involves childbirth, which undoubtedly brings significant pain and discomfort for most women. Prior to labor, studies have shown that applying heat therapy to the perineal area can help reduce tearing as the heat helps to increase blood circulation and in turn increases the flexibility of the area. There also has been sufficient evidence that suggests alternating hot and cold therapy to the lower back and abdomen during active labor can be an effective pain management solution.

Once the baby is born, there are still many uses for hot and cold therapy to aid in the healing process. Applying a cold compress to the perineal area can help ease pain and reduce swelling, while applying a warm compress can soothe the area while assisting in repairing any damage caused by labor.  While a woman is still on her journey to heal after giving birth, the focus quickly shifts to breastfeeding for many women.  Breast engorgement can occur and can be a very uncomfortable experience; applying a cold compress to the breast provides much needed instant relief as the cold works to reduce the swelling.  A warm compress applied to the breast can also be applied prior to breastfeeding as the heat encourages the let down of milk, resulting in a more successful feeding.

Wrapping it Up

After interviewing and researching the efficiency of hot and cold therapy as pain management during the pre and post-natal stages, Rapid Aid proudly offers product solutions that will help a woman from pregnancy through till the end of breastfeeding.

Caution: It is always recommended to use hot or cold therapy for no more than 20 minutes at a time.

For more information on hot and cold therapy products ideally suited for pre and post partum, please browse our Maternity products section or contact one of ou sales agents.

 

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Hot and Cold Therapy – How they work and when to use them

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OVERVIEW
The mind-numbing pain of a muscle injury or ailment can cause you to lose focus, and you may be unable to decide whether to treat it with hot or cold therapy. But fret not, injuries carry tell-tale signs that can signal whether you should reach for a cold or warm compress as the best treatment option.

HEAT THERAPY
Heat therapy is used to heal many musculoskeletal injuries that are more chronic such as, but not limited to, a pulled muscle, joint pain, back pain, pinched nerve, and arthritis. Heat therapy works by boosting circulation and blood flow, which in turn allows oxygen and nutrients to refuel the joints and muscles in the body. This process helps to repair damaged tissues and muscles while relieving inflammation in the affected area. An excellent example of when to use heat therapy is when you want to cure sore or tight muscles. Here, the heat acts as a catalyst for blood flow, which improves circulation to your muscles and allows them to relax. Heat therapy can be applied in many ways, such as with a hot water bottle or a microwaved gel or oat compress. Using heat therapy for 15-20 minutes will provide great relief to the affected area.

COLD THERAPY
If your injury is acute, for instance, one that came on suddenly in the aftermath of a hard fall, cold therapy works best. Immediately decreasing pain and swelling, the cold constricts blood vessels while working to reduce inflammation at the injury’s location. Cold therapy also reduces nerve activity temporarily, offering comfort for the patient while helping heal the affected area. Using a cold compress, such as ice or a refrigerated gel pack on the affected area for 15–20 minutes, will aid in a fast recovery.

RAPID AID’S HOT AND COLD THERAPY OFFERINGS
Hot and Cold therapy is an inexpensive, proven, and safe alternative to medication while providing the user with almost immediate comfort. Rapid Aid boasts a portfolio of hot and cold therapy products that includes instant products, reusable gels, wellness and comfort products that feature oats and clay, and products targeted for pre or post-natal discomfort. The application uses of our products is limitless as they can treat nearly every part of the body as needed. Rapid Aid proudly has treated millions of bumps and bruises around the world with its traditional approach to health care, and we continue to develop innovative products to help provide users with the comfort they deserve.

For more information on Rapid Aid’s commitment to an all-natural healthcare approach contact one of our sales agents today.

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Antimicrobial Technology: New Solutions for Protecting Employees, Patients, and Customers

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New solutions provide continuous protection against bacterial contamination, odors, and stains for the lifetime of products

Antimicrobial Technology: New Solutions for Protecting Employees, Patients, and CustomersAccording to the World Health Organization, microbial infectious disease kills at least 17 million people across the world every year. Caused by tiny pathogens wreaking havoc on the immune system, this disease requires a strict precautionary approach that ensures illness-causing bacteria, fungi, and viral strains don’t transfer from one source to the other.

Understanding the need to prevent microbial cross-contamination, Rapid Aid has introduced a new technology that integrates antimicrobial agents with the heating and cooling packs people use for pain relief in the aftermath of an injury. It can also be used during post-operative care to propel the healing of surgical incisions.

With our new antimicrobial cold packs, pathogens can no longer transmit among your employees as the latter unpack and store the former at your pharmacy. The poly layer antimicrobial finish to fibers and fabrics in these packs ensures the elimination of infectious strains landing on their surface before the product changes hands.

Our antimicrobial heat packs can be used safely to heal muscle injury, as they don’t carry any viruses that may have transferred onto the skin during application.

Complimenting the eradication of microbes with long-lasting odor and stain control, the antimicrobial technology used by Rapid Aid promises that heat and cold packs stay fresh and reusable for longer periods.

More information about these products can be found in our detailed whitepaper on antimicrobial solutions, highlighting key features of this germ-busting technology. Download this paper here. If you would like to learn more about our antimicrobial solutions, please feel free to contact us on info@199.250.223.29

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Rapid Aid announces COVID-19 Response Plan

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To help contain the spread of COVID-19, Rapid Aid is taking steps to protect our employees and customers, while maintaining our high product quality standards and keeping delivery commitments to our partners.

The health and safety of our employees and customers is our highest priority.

Our manufacturing plants remain in operation, and delivery to customers continues through our regular transportation partners, with the following additional health and safety precautions:

  • We are operating our manufacturing plant with reduced staff to ensure we can maintain appropriate social distancing
  • Shipping and Receiving practices have been modified to help with social distancing
  • Increased cleaning and disinfection of common surfaces, high-touch areas and bathrooms
  • Plant employees have been instructed on proper hand washing methods, washing often with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds
  • Face masks are available for all plant facility employees
  • Hand sanitizer and/or disinfecting wipes are readily available within the plant facility

We continue to monitor the latest developments surrounding COVID-19 and are following the guidance from the Government of Canada, World Health Organization (WHO) and local and national authorities.

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