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How to Treat Hockey Injuries Using Hot and Cold Therapy Products

How to Treat Hockey Injuries Using Hot and Cold Therapy Products

By | cold pack, Hot Pack

Like many other highly physical contact sports, hockey exposes players to a range of common injuries. It’s typical for players to encounter a variety of fast-paced, aggressive, and non-stop impacts that almost inevitably results in injuries of varying complexity and severity. From ankle injuries (ligament issues, fractures, Plantar Fasciitis) to concussions, elbow and shoulder injuries, some risks cannot be completely eliminated even with the appropriate protective gear.

That said, hockey players need to be as careful as possible to mitigate risk of injury and learn how to treat it in case they fall victim to an injury. There are different treatment methods for hockey injuries, and their choice will depend on the severity and type of injury.

Heat Therapy or Cold Therapy

When dealing with sports injuries, the quickest and best way to facilitate recovery is by using cold and heat therapy at the appropriate times so that relief is fast and thorough.

Heat Therapy

Heat therapy treats pain or injuries associated with muscle stress and strain. When muscles are stressed, and in pain, perhaps due to overuse injuries related to grip-related stress, heat therapy can relax the muscles so that the pain subsides. Our instant hot pack for pain relief is the perfect on-the-go solution to soothing stiff muscles/joints and calming soreness.

Cold Therapy

Cold therapy is an excellent and highly effective sports injury mitigation method. Also known as “ice therapy,” “cold therapy” treats new injuries that are sensitive, inflamed, or swollen. The therapy also treats acute pain and damaged superficial tissues like torn muscles. Our wide range of cold compress products, such as reusable cold gel compress & wraps, instant cold packs, and clay compresses, are economical and effective alternatives for treating specific body parts to relieve discomfort.

Ensure you source your hot and cold therapy products from a trusted supplier. Rapid Aid provides the best cold and hot therapy products on the market. Our range of products can be used to treat nearly all types of hockey injuries. If an injury is serious or doesn’t show improvement, we always recommend consulting a sports medicine specialist for alternative treatment.

The PRICE Technique

PRICE is an acronym for Protection, Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation. Protection through the use of a support or splint and rest is vital to prevent further damage. Applying ice (cold therapy) reduces pain, swelling, and inflammation, while compression supports the painful area and the joints. Lastly, the appropriate elevation of the injured area facilitates the healing process.

However, being a conservative approach, the PRICE technique can only work for minor injuries like tendonitis, strains, and tears. The method can significantly reduce the athlete’s recovery time if undertaken within a few hours of the injury.

Anti-inflammatory Medications

Besides using hot and cold treatments, athletes can buy over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen (Motrin or Advil). These drugs are best used immediately after the injury for pain relief and shouldn’t be used over a long period of time.

Shockwave/EPAT Therapy

Shock therapy is a noninvasive and painless method of dealing with inflammation resulting from hockey injuries. This therapy delivers impulse pressure waves deep into the tissues and muscles to relieve pain.

Other treatment methods for hockey injuries are physical therapy and surgery. Surgery is ideal for severe injuries.

Trust Rapid Aid for Your Hot or Cold Therapy Products

As we are in the middle of the hockey season, teams still need to have a well-stocked first aid kit with all the pain relief and treatment products they may need. Rapid Aid provides the best hot and cold therapy products to retail and medical distributors to support hockey-related injuries and sport medicine needs.

We’re also available for your private white-labeling needs. Contact us today for a free, no-obligation quote and to learn more about our complete line of cold and hot therapy products.

Foot Pain Got You Down? Why Hot and Cold Therapy Helps and When to Apply It

Foot Pain Got You Down? Why Hot and Cold Therapy Helps and When to Apply It

By | cold pack, Hot Pack

We rely on our feet for many essential tasks. Not only do they support the weight of our body each day, but they are also solely responsible for movement. Foot pain is alarmingly common, with many people experiencing acute foot pain at some point in their lives. From improper footwear to acute injuries or serious conditions like plantar fasciitis or arthritis, there are many reasons why foot pain could occur.

Luckily, foot pain doesn’t have to disrupt your day. Several treatment options can relieve your aching feet and prevent pain in the future. Here are some possible ways to put the spring back in your step.

Consider an Anti-Inflammatory Medication

NSAIDs, ‘non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, like ibuprofen and aspirin, can help ease pain and reduce swelling when used correctly. It’s, however, advisable to use NSAIDS for short periods, as needed, without overreliance.

Apply Heat, Cold, or Both to Your Feet

Both heat and cold therapies have their place in treating foot pain and conditions, albeit differently. Using heat to relieve foot pain complications increases blood flow, helping to soothe aching muscles, improve flexibility and speed the healing of damaged tissues. Heat therapy can soothe stiff joints and relieve achy muscles if you have a foot or ankle condition like arthritis, plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, or bunions.

Hot and cold therapy goes a long way toward relieving pain and improving comfort. Conversely, cold therapy restricts blood vessels, reducing inflammation, swelling, and soreness. A combination of both approaches (contrast therapy) can be used depending on your pain or foot condition.

Our multi-use joint pain pack and hot & cold gel slippers are an excellent way to incorporate heat and cold therapy to soothe muscle tension, stiffness, and even chronic foot pain safely, effectively, and conveniently anywhere you are. And when foot pain near the toes or at the heel is present, a multi-purpose foot pain cold pack could be your best bet to feeling better.

The RICE Method May be Necessary

For immediate relief from mild foot pain and acute injuries like athlete’s foot, muscle sprains after a workout, ligament sprains, and bruises, the RICE method is recognized as an excellent first-aid treatment option.

Rest: Stop what you’re doing and take some time off to rest your muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Further activity could lead to additional strain.

Ice: Ice is a tried-and-true solution for minimizing swelling and pain. So, apply a cold pack to the affected area.

Compress: To further promote healing and reduce swelling, compress the affected area by wrapping it firmly, but not too tightly, using an elastic medical bandage. Wrapping the bandage too tightly could interrupt blood flow, delaying recovery.

Elevation: Lastly, elevate your foot using pillows to improve blood flow and reduce swelling to the injured area.

Indulge in a Good Soak Using Epsom Salt

Epsom salt works amazingly for muscle aches and stress. If your feet are tired and sore, a warm Epsom salt foot bath can provide much-needed pain relief. Many people report increased muscle relaxation when they soak in warm water and Epsom salt.

Massage and Stretch

Like any other body part, your feet also benefit from a regular rubdown. After a long day of walking around, you may need a good, wholesome stretch and foot massage to relieve sore joints and tension underneath the skin.

You Deserve Happy Feet

Untreated pain and injuries can quickly lead to potentially secondary severe problems. By all means, you want to avoid that. If these treatment options don’t seem to work or make foot pain worse, it’s advisable to see a podiatrist – a specialist in foot and ankle conditions.

Rapid Aid Has The Hot or Cold Therapy Solution You Need

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

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

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

Rapid Aid has a solid reputation for offering high quality hot and cold therapy products that treat pain and injuries on the spot. mmitted to quality assurance and manufacturing excellence.

We can also offer our clients a private brand label as part of their health and wellness brand. Learn more information about hot and cold therapy products here.

 

The Aches and Pains of Working from Home and How Hot/Cold Therapy Can Help

By | cold pack, Hot Pack

There’s no denying that work-from-home setups can cause a great deal of stress relief for busy parents or individuals but they also cause physical discomfort for many people. The pandemic saw an unprecedented rise in the number of people working from home. Even with the lift of COVID-19 restrictions and into the post-pandemic era, many are still working from home. It’s a trend that comes with many comforts, no commuting, and a very relaxed dress code.

On the other end of the spectrum, work-from-home effects related to backaches and sprains have increased significantly. This is attributable to poor posture and sedentary lifestyles commonly adopted by many people. Unlike working from the office, chances are people’s work setups don’t offer the same level of support, as people are moving much less, putting their body at risk of musculoskeletal injuries and discomfort. Here are some common aches and pains and tips to help individuals stay pain-free while working from home.

Backache

Typically, people find the most convenient places to sit, such as couches and beds, where they hold awkward postures for an extended time, which ultimately places excess stress on the mid and lower back. For instance, leaning forward to type increases the compression on the lumbar vertebrae, exacerbating back problems.

Solution: Besides ensuring your back is supported in an ergonomic arrangement, try to get up every 30 minutes, even if it’s just to stretch to engage your core and back muscles. Specialists recommend consciously lengthening your spine to avoid slouching by using a standing workstation that allows you to transition between sitting and standing.

Hot and cold gel packs for back pain relief are also a convenient and flexible solution for soothing or relieving sore muscles and pain making it easier for busy professionals to tackle their day.

Neck Pain

The position of people’s computer monitors may contribute to poor posture, increasing the force your head places on your cervical spine and muscles. This leads to neck pain, stiffness, and tension headaches that may worsen at the end of a long day.

Solution: To promote good posture, position your screens at eye level and periodically stretch your neck muscles. Take turns moving your right ear toward your right shoulder on each side and slowly extend your neck upward and downward so that your chin lies on your chest.

For pain relief, Rapid Aid’s Gel Neck & Shoulder Wrap is the perfect choice for loosening muscles and improving stiffness.

Shoulder Ache

With more people hunching over their laptops and home keyboards, shoulder ache ailments are increasingly common.

Solution: Practicing good posture by relaxing shoulders and maintaining head level with ears at the level of the shoulders can make the biggest of impacts. Consider incorporating heat therapy or our therapeutic oat bags to soothe pain and relieve cramping or aching muscles.

Wrist Pain

Repetitive hand and wrist movements usually involved in typing make individuals more susceptible to wrist pain, often interfering with their ability to perform their daily duties comfortably.

Solution: Take breaks and incorporate stretches that eliminate the stress in the joints and muscles in your hand. An effective treatment for wrist pain is using Rapid Aid’s Joint Pain Pack to relax muscles and eliminate pain.

Sore Eyes

Staring at the glare of a computer screen for too long makes your eyes tired, causing eye strain, headaches, and sleep problems.

Solution: Take frequent breaks using the 20-20-20 rule suggested by the American Optometric Association. Take a 20 second break to look 20 feet away and hold for 20 seconds. Also, seek natural light and set up your desk so the window is perpendicular to it.

Alternatively, our gel bead eye masks can be used to relieve eye strain/itchy eyes that come from staring at digital screens all day.

If prolonged pain makes it difficult for individuals to move throughout their day, it might be time to seek medical help from a physical therapist or specialist to help improve mobility.

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