How to Use Hot and Cold Packs to Treat Sprains

If you have a sprain, your ligaments have been stretched or torn. Sprains are most likely to affect your ankles, elbows, knees, and wrists. Even though sprains are generally considered a minor injury, they still cause painful bruising and swelling.

Hot and cold packs can work wonders on an area that is sprained. An ice pack will help reduce swelling, and will also alleviate pain with an analgesic effect. For the best results, you should use an ice pack as soon as you can after an injury occurs. You should aim to use an ice pack four to eight times a day, and for 20 minutes each session. However, you don’t want to leave a cold pack on for too long since doing so can result in tissue damage.

When you can place weight on or use the area you’ve injured, hot therapy will help boost blood circulation to your tight or tender muscles, and will help prepare your body for physical activity. A hot pack has the power to increase flexibility while decreasing pain. You should aim to leave a hot pack on the affected area for the doctor-recommended time of 20 minutes.

The THERA°PEARL Contour Pack is a reusable hot/cold pack that has adjustable straps, making it easy to treat sprained ankles, elbows, knees, and wrists. It is simple to target any area that is injured with the THERA°PEARL Sports Pack. If you have a sprained knee, the THERA°PEARL Knee Wrap will stay in place with its stretchable Velcro straps. Your body will thank you for treating it to the healing power of the gel-filled, pliable pearls.

 

Sources:
Sprain definition: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/sprains-and-strains/DS00343 
and http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/sprains-and-000157.htm
Hot therapy: http://www.livestrong.com/article/534618-hot-cold-therapy-for-asprain-or-strain
Cold therapy: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/first-aid-sprain/FA00016
 

Hot and Cold Therapy for Migraine Relief

 

A migraine is a type of headache that can produce severe throbbing in an area of your head. Other symptoms you may experience include nausea, vomiting, and intense sensitivity to noise and light. A migraine attack can last for hours or days.

Heat therapy can reduce the pain of a migraine by relaxing your tense muscles. During the winter, a hot pack can help you melt into comfort.

Cold therapy works by numbing, meaning that it dulls the pain caused by a migraine. A cold pack has a cool analgesic effect that is perfect to use during the summer.

If you suffer from migraine headaches, hot and cold therapy can help relieve your symptoms. THERA°PEARL has a Facemask that can be frozen or microwaved. It has openings that allow you to see, breath and talk. Just wrap the Velcro straps around the back of your head and let the hot or cold therapy work its magic. THERA°PEARL also has an Eye-ssential Mask that can be chilled or heated. It’s an easy way to relieve your migraine pain and relax at the same time.

 

Sources:
Migraine Description
Migraine Description
Temperature Therapy

Tell Your Allergies to Chill Out

 

When you have an allergic reaction, your body is rebelling against something that it considers to be a foreign and harmful substance. These substances can be things such as pet dander, insect venom, pollen, certain foods, or a medication. The external reaction you experience when you come in contact with something you are allergic to shows that your immune system is creating antibodies that recognize an allergen as detrimental to your body. Allergies can affect your airways, digestive system, eyes, skin, and sinuses.

Drinking hot fluids, such as tea, help soothe a sore throat, dry cough, or stuffy nose. Hot liquids can moisten and open your airways, as well as soothe your throat and keep it moist. Hot drinks also have the ability to break up mucus, which can relieve a congested, stuffy nose and help you breathe easier. A reusable hot/cold pack that wraps around your cup is an easy way to keep liquids toasty warm.

Tell your allergies to chill out.

Cryotherapy – also called cold therapy – can help numerous allergy symptoms. If you have eczema or skin that is itchy, red, swollen, or peeling, try a chilled ice pack to cool and calm symptoms. If you experience swollen eyes, a cold eye mask is the perfect solution. A frosty ice pack can even be applied to your neck to soothe a sore throat.

The THERA°PEARL Drink Koozie is an easy way to keep your beverages hot or cold. Wrap the Drink Koozie around hot tea with lemon and honey to relieve your sore throat and stuffy nose. Treat swollen, painful eyes by placing a frozen THERA°PEARL Eye-ssential Mask on your eyes for 20 minutes at a time. Try the THERA°PEARL Oval Pack or Round “Pearl” Pack if you experience insect stings, skin related allergies, or a sore throat. If you have children, opt for the reusable hot/cold packs made especially for kids called THERA°PEARL Children’s Pals.

Sources:

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/allergies/DS01118 (allergies)
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/nasal-congestion/MY00178 (nasal congestion)
http://www.livestrong.com/article/338989-foods-for-fighting-mucus-in-your-body/#ixzz2VYYxq8Op (Illnesses, such as bronchitis, sinusitis, colds, influenza or cystic fibrosis, and food allergens can cause your body to produce too much mucus. Excessive amounts of mucus in your body can cause congestion and breathing problems.)
http://www.aaaai.org/conditions-and-treatments/allergies/skin-allergy.aspx (eczema and cold compresses)
http://www.health911.com/coughs  (Dry cough and congestion/hot therapy)
http://uhs.nd.edu/assets/9497/sore_throat_brochure_2008.pdf (sore throat and ice pack)
 http://www.health911.com/coughs also congestion: (Drink hot tea to break up the mucus and open and moisten the airways.)
http://www.webmd.com/allergies/features/7-day-menu-for-spring-allergy-season?page=2 (Drinking warm fluids from tea or broth or tomato-based soups can help soothe throats and relieve sinus congestion.)
 

Inflammation and Cold Therapy

The truth is that no one is a stranger to the aches and pains of the human body. You don’t have to be an athlete to experience swelling or inflammation on different parts of your body. Much like your body’s response to bad food bacteria is food poisoning, your body’s defense to tissue injury is inflammation. The swelling that occurs with inflammation is also accompanied by pain and heat.

Doctors may prescribe anti-inflammatory medications, but one of the quickest and most effective ways to combat inflammation is cryotherapy – or simply just put some ice on it!

Here are some tips on when to use COLD THERAPY.

  • Post Workout/Activity
  • Sprains/Bruising/Swelling
  • Shin Splints
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Migraine Headaches/Toothaches
  • Minor Burns/Sunburns

If you still aren’t sure about when to use COLD THERAPY, take into account whether your injury is acute or chronic.

For acute injuries (sudden onset pain that is usually short-lived), use cold therapy for pain relief immediately following the injury.

  • Immediately following an injury or trauma
  • After physical activity
  • For pain relief

For chronic injuries (longer lasting, may include dull ache when at rest) use cold after physical activity.

When COLD THERAPY is applied, blood flow is decreased which helps reduce pain, swelling, inflammation and bruising. Cryotherapy is a quick way to reduce many aches and pains that our body endures. Know when to use ice and when to use heat! Find more info in our Hot/Cold 101 section!