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Cold Packs a Drug-Free Solution to Headaches or Migraines

Looking For Drug-Free Solutions to A Headache or Migraine? A Cold Pack May Be Just The Medicine Your Customers Need

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Most people get headaches occasionally. In fact, according to the Cleaveland Clinic, over 75% of adults across the globe experienced a headache last year. However, chronic headaches and migraines can significantly impact your life. People generally use prescription medications to alleviate their symptoms and over-the-counter drugs to take the edge off the pain. Yet, some medicine can upset your stomach, causing people to be put off taking medication every time they feel a headache or migraine approaching. Fortunately, non-medication remedies can alleviate the pain associated with headaches and migraines.

Before We Discuss Treatment, Let’s Talk About The Causes

You will likely be shocked to learn that over 150 different types of headaches have been discovered. However, most of them fall into two categories: primary and secondary headaches. Primary Headaches are not related to another medical condition (such as a tumor, infection, etc.), while secondary headaches are. Here is a breakdown below:

Primary headaches are caused by:  Secondary headaches are caused by:
  • Cluster headaches
  • A disease of blood vessels in the brain
  • Migraine
  • Head injury
  • New daily persistent headaches (NDPH)
  • High blood pressure (hypertension)
  • Tension headaches
  • Infection
  • Medication overuse
  • Sinus congestion
  • Trauma
  • Tumor

As we mentioned before, three-fourths of the adult population suffered from a headache in the last year. This undoubtedly results in absenteeism from work and school, so it’s important to understand how headaches arise and how to treat them quickly and effectively. 

Any of the following can cause headaches:

  • Medical condition
  • Weather
  • Stress
  • Menstruation
  • Bright Lights
  • Alcohol
  • Genetic depisposition
  • Age
  • Physical Activity
  • …and more

Prevention is Key

A few ways individuals can prevent headaches/migraines or lessen their severity without any pharmaceutical or medical intervention are:

  • Eating a healthy diet made up of lots of nutrient-rich fruits, vegetables, grains, and proteins
  • Drinking lots of water throughout the day
  • Getting daily fresh air
  • Getting 7-8 hours of quality sleep each night

We know it’s often easier said than done, but these are things that everybody is capable of doing each day.

The graphic below shows different foods, drinks, and medications that individuals should avoid to prevent headaches or migraines. Knowing which item(s) is causing problems can be overwhelming, but it’s likely worth the sacrifice for frequent sufferers.

Cold Therapy: A Nearly 200 Year Old Proven Pain Management Method

You may be surprised to learn that cold therapy has been used to remedy headaches and migraines for nearly 200 years. In 1849, James Arnott, a pioneer in cryotherapy, found that applying a mixture of salt and ice to the affected area significantly reduced the pain caused by a headache. Although medicine and technology have changed at an unbelievable rate, the effectiveness of cold therapy on pain still holds as true as ever. Prestigious organizations such as the National Headache Foundation and the Mayo Clinic recommend ice packs and cold compresses to alleviate migraine and headache pain. In 2013, a study indicated that applying a cold pack to the neck when someone first feels a migraine coming on can significantly reduce pain. Researchers have unanimously concluded that cooling packs help reduce inflammation by cooling the blood flow to the carotid artery in the neck. This process numbs the pain so that the individual can rest or move forward with their day.

Cold Therapy Is Effective, But Sometimes A Little Heat Goes A Long Way

For chronic migraine sufferers, a cold pack serves to constrict blood vessels quickly and reduces the neurotransmission of pain. Contrarily, a heat pack is the best defense for tension-type headache sufferers as the heat increases blood flow to the affected area, which relaxes tense muscles that cause muscle contraction headaches.

What’s the Most Effective Way to Use Ice Packs for Migraines and Headaches?

There are numerous ways that individuals can use hot or cold therapy as a home remedy to alleviate the discomfort of migraines and headaches. For example, apply the cold pack to the affected area for up to 20 minutes to get the most benefit, and where a cold pack is applied makes a difference. For example, if someone experiences all-over pain or aching in their head, using a cold wrap around their neck may provide them with much-needed relief.

Individuals can also try applying an ice pack to the base of their skull, leaving it on for 20 minutes, and then removing it for an hour. Alternating between leaving the pack on for 20 minutes and then off for an hour can significantly reduce the pain caused by the headache or migraine.

It’s important to note that individuals may experience the following symptoms while applying cold therapy, but it is completely normal (and temporary) to experience them: Cold, Aching, Numbness or Burning.

Let comfort be your guide. If the ice pack presents more problems than solutions, don’t hesitate to remove it, mainly to prevent skin irritation.

When Medication Doesn’t Cut It, Rapid Aid Offers 100% Drug-Free and Natural Pain Remedy

With over 45 years of experience in the hot and cold therapy industry, we are experts at producing innovative yet effective products. Our products are used by migraine and headache sufferers all over the world.

 cold pack for headacheFor instance, our gel bead eye mask is a reusable product that can help relieve headaches that peak near the front of the forehead or around the eyes. People who suffer from ocular migraines will also benefit from this direct administration of cold pressure. On the other hand, those that get headaches from anxiety and tension in their shoulders will benefit more from the gel neck and shoulder wrap ice pack.

ice pack for headacheOf course, sometimes people can’t identify the root of their headache, which is where our classic 11-inch ice bag is the perfect tool and easily marketed to consumers due to its versatility. We also have a reusable Hot & Cold Therapeutic Oat Bag that is an excellent option to target consumers who want both heat and cold options in one product.

Start Providing Drug-Free Relief To Your Customers Today

Medical and retail businesses interested in selling natural products that alleviate pain to their customer base should investigate the full range of cold and heat pack products available from Rapid Aid. We are proud to offer private label solutions so that you can create your own branded range of natural pain relievers to feature at your shop or website. Alternatively, if you do not have the volume to run a private label, let us take care of your needs with our in-house, nationally, and globally recognized brand, Rapid Relief, that you can sell on your shelves or through your supply chain.

Contact Rapid Aid For More Information

Using an ice pack is a safe, affordable way to obtain relief from debilitating head pain. Alternative forms of pain control are the future of medical management. If you are ready to embrace the movement, contact Rapid Aid.


Medical Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only. If any of the suggested remedies don’t alleviate your pain, you should talk to your medical provider about your symptoms. It’s important to discover the underlying causes of chronic pain and receive the appropriate medical treatment.

The Most Common Fall and Winter Sports Injuries (and The Products We’ve Designed to Treat Them)

By | News and Events

If you played sports in your youth, have kids who play sports, or have any experience coaching recreational or youth teams, you most likely have some level of familiarity with sports injuries.

According to the Stanford Children’s hospital, you might be surprised to learn that 30 million children and teens participate in organized sports in the US, which results in more than 3.5 million injuries annually. Also, the CDC has concluded that high school athletes alone are responsible for two million injuries, half a million doctor’s visits, and more than 30,000 hospitalizations on an annual basis.

Every sport has characteristic injuries that players tend to experience most often, simply because each game has different movements and mechanisms that lend themselves to various potential injuries.

Let’s examine the most common injuries associated with fall and winter sports and look at some quick and effective treatments for a few of them.

Football

No, we are not talking about European Football. American football is one of the most popular games in North America, but as a contact sport, it also exposes players to a range of common injuries, including:

  • Concussions or head trauma
  • Knee injuries (dislocations, ACL tears, etc.)
  • Ankle injuries (ligament issues, fractures, Plantar Fasciitis)

Cold compression can help reduce the pain and swelling from a sprained ankle or a blow to the knee. And if you, your child, or a player you’re coaching suffers a pulled muscle or pinched nerve, heat therapy can help restore blood flow to increase flexibility and reduce tension and stiffness.

Try our multi-use joint pain pack for a sprain or blow to the joint. It provides targeted relief to injured joints and can be securely attached. It’s effective, easy to use, and highly reliable.

And, of course, make sure you never get complacent about protective equipment while playing football.

Swimming

Overuse injuries are the most common injuries among swimmers, which isn’t surprising given that the sport is based on speed and endurance and features fast repetitive motions.

Some of the most frequently seen injuries among swimmers of all levels include:

  • Knee swelling and inflammation (called “Breaststroker’s Knee” by swimmers)
  • Shoulder overuse and over-rotation injuries
  • Hip issues

While NSAIDs can help relieve symptoms of injuries, a much more natural pathway to recovery is to apply cold to reduce swelling and pain in acute injuries and heat to promote blood flow, restore flexibility, and reduce pain as you heal.

Our universal reusable hot and cold compress wrap features self-adhering velcro straps, so you can effortlessly apply heat or cold anywhere, including large body parts like your back or legs.

Ice Hockey

Ice hockey is similar to football because many injuries stem from its inherent nature as a high-contact sport.

Even if you or your players wear all the appropriate protective gear, some risks can’t be completely eliminated, such as:

  • Dental injuries such as chipped, fractured, or displaced teeth
  • Broken, fractured, or sprained wrists
  • Abdominal, spleen, kidney, or liver injuries
  • Shoulder injuries like AC separations and broken clavicles

You can help prevent dental injuries by using face masks and mouth guards. The risk of shoulder, abdominal, and organ injuries can be lowered by wearing appropriate protective gear.

Hockey is a highly physical sport. Using heat therapy before getting on the ice can help keep your muscles loose and limber to play at your best and stand up to the “beating” they might encounter during a game. Our XL Hot and Cold Gel Pack can relieve large areas commonly affected by hockey, such as the back and legs.

And hopefully, this goes without saying, but it’s essential to wear a helmet to mitigate your risk of severe head trauma.

Soccer

Soccer is different from hockey because most of the injuries that occur in hockey occur in the player’s upper body, while most injuries in soccer involve the lower body.

The most common injuries in soccer include:

  • Sprained ankles
  • Hamstring and adductor sprains
  • Knee injuries

Cold compression is very effective at reducing the pain associated with these injuries and can help limit inflammation so you can heal faster and start playing again sooner.

Our instant cold pack wrap is your on-the-go solution for soccer injuries. It doesn’t require refrigeration, so it’s easy to store and use whenever and wherever you need it.

Heat And Cold Therapy: When To Use Each

It’s important to know when it’s most effective to apply heat therapy to an injury and when to use cold therapy.

Regardless of which sport you play, cold therapy should mainly be used on acute injuries such as bruises and bumps, sprains and strains, or anything else from immediate pain. For a deeper dive into this topic, check out this blog.

Cold therapy is effective in these circumstances because it reduces swelling and can offer much-needed pain relief.

On the other hand, heat therapy loosens up your body to provide relief from the stiffness and lingering soreness that’s often part of dealing with sports injuries.

Unlike cold therapy, applying heat to injured or sore areas promotes blood flow, enhancing mobility and relaxation in injured areas of the body.

Remember, when you’re dealing with a sports injury, the quickest and best way to facilitate recovery is by using cold and heat therapy at the appropriate times and for the right reasons.

Private or Rapid Relief Brand Options Available

Hot and cold therapy products have long been the choice for natural pain relief by athletes, coaches, and parents. We work with schools and sports teams, and other suppliers worldwide to offer them private label solutions as our well-known Rapid Relief branded solution to distribution and retail establishments. Additionally,, we offer wholesale options to help you reduce costs and provide superior customer satisfaction with a stable supply chain. Our expertise in R&D,  in-house testing, and quality management will assure you we stand by the quality of products.

Take Care Of Yourself

It may sound cliche, but winning isn’t everything. If you don’t properly take care of yourself before, during, and after your practices and games, you won’t stay at your best for very long.

Take care of yourself, and play better for the long run with Rapid Aid’s line of hot and cold therapy products for wrists, shoulders, knees, backs, and more. If you are interested in our products, contact us today to request a quote.

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Is Cold Therapy Pack Good For Sports Injuries?

By | News and Events

Cold therapy is a proven and popular treatment method for sports injuries. It’s a natural and economical method of relieving pain following an injury.

One of the reasons athletes so widely use it is that it’s extremely effective at helping during both phases of an injury. Cold compresses can significantly reduce pain and swelling during the acute stage of an injury when it first occurs. They can also offer tremendous advantages in helping athletes heal more quickly during the recovery stage of their injuries.

Let’s take a more detailed look at how cold therapy can play an instrumental role in mitigating pain and supporting healing after sports injuries.

The PRICE Principles Of Cold Therapy

Cold therapy is accompanied by a set of principles spelled out by the acronym PRICE. PRICE stands for:

Protection

After a sports injury, you need to ensure that the injured area is kept protected with a splint, a cast, or whatever is appropriate to the specific type and level of injury.

Appropriately protecting an injured body part allows it to heal correctly, which can be critical in regaining full function and avoiding long-term pain and residual issues.

Rest

Rest allows injured tissues to heal more quickly than they would if they had to deal with the usual stress of daily use.

And with some injuries, “playing through it” and continuing to use the affected body part after an injury can cause lasting damage and complications.

Ice

Applying ice to injuries restricts the blood vessels around the injury and even helps block pain signals to the brain.

This blocking of pain signals reduces muscle spasms that can occur after injuries, lowers cellular metabolism, and reduces cellular death in the affected area.

Compression

Compression helps to modulate the bodily fluids that are produced after an injury that are associated with swelling and similar processes.

And similarly to ice, compression helps narrow the blood vessels around an injury, which is one of the reasons that they combine so well together to treat sports injuries.

Elevation

Keeping the injured area of your body elevated helps gravity pull fluids away from the damaged area.

This can be very helpful in reducing the swelling that contributes to pain.

Using Ice For Acute Sports Injuries

Although cold therapy may not be ideal for some individuals, such as those with heart conditions or cold hypersensitivity problems, it effectively relieves symptoms of acute sports injuries for most athletes.

Acute injuries are the types of injuries that are immediately painful, such as those resulting from a direct blow such as a sprain or strain or a torn muscle.

When using ice or cold compresses to treat an acute sports injury, keep the following steps and protocols in mind:

  • When the injury first occurs, your main priorities should be to control the swelling and inflammation, the bleeding, and the pain.
  • Apply ice or a cold compress to the damaged tissues as soon as possible after bleeding has been controlled. This will reduce the tissues’ metabolic rate and slow down the process of cell death.
  • Keep the ice or cold compress in contact with the injured area for a period of 20 minutes before removing it and reapplying every 1-3 hours.

Following these steps can help reduce the acute damage and pain after an injury and improve the healing trajectory and process afterward.

Rapid Aid Has The Cold Therapy Solution You Need

Cold therapy is one of the most effective sports injury mitigation methods. Rapid Aid can provide retail and medical distributors with cold therapy compression solutions to support your orthopedic, sports medicine, and facility supplier’s needs. We manufacture a wide range of cold compress products such as instant cold packs for on-the-spot relief, economical and reusable cold gel compresses and wraps, and clay and oat compresses.

Contact us today to learn more about our line of portable cold compression products for any part of an individual’s body that might be injured.

And if your sports company has private labeling needs, be sure to check out Rapid Aid’s white-label solutions.