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Hot and Cold Therapy- Application Uses During and After Pregnancy

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Hot & Cold Therapy Infographic: Application Uses During and After Pregnancy (Click to Enlarge)

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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When to use hot vs cold therapy for pain management (Click to enlarge)

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.

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

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@rapidaid.com

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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.

FOR INFORMATION CONTACT:

Rapid Aid
Customer Service
csorders@rapidaid.com