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New ActiveWrap Cooler Bag Is Here

Posted on Aug 05, 2014

When it comes to taking ice to the field or on the go, the new ActiveWrap® Cooler Bag is the perfect solution.

Perfectly sized for quick and easy transportation. Rugged enough for field use yet collapsible for easy storage.

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Shoulder Ice Wrap and Frozen Shoulder Pain

Posted on May 05, 2014

Those of us who have experienced a stiff or frozen shoulder know the importance of reducing inflammation and increasing range of motion to the joint.The sooner we can relieve the stiffness, the sooner the pain will subside. However, movement at the shoulder joint is often very painful when injured and quite unpleasant due the overall design of this excessively moveable joint. Along with the many movements that the shoulder can produce comes equal opportunity for pain to be experienced. The ActiveWrap® shoulder ice pack is an ideal asset in reducing shoulder pain while performing therapeutic range of motion activities. The ActiveWrap® shoulder ice wrap helps to block pain receptors in the joint without restricting movement. Exercises such as overhead pulleys, shoulder wall climbs (for increased flexion), internal/external rotational stretching, pendulum swings are all easily performed with the ergonomic sleeve design of ActiveWrap® in place. The included reusable ice packs are super flexible and conforming so the patient does not have to fight increased resistance of a rock hard ice bag atop their shoulder. Rehab professionals, next time you have that tough shoulder case, consider an ActiveWrap® Shoulder Ice Pack to boost their R.O.M (without pain killers), it just may be what the doctor ordered. 

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New Line of Eco Friendly Supports Coming Soon!

Posted on Jan 04, 2014

We are getting closer to launching our innovative new line of organic-100% Eco-friendly supports for the knee.The professionals at ActiveWrap are very excited about the quality and feel of these items. Whether you are looking for a slip on sleeve that you can run in or just the most comfortable way to keep your knee warm and supported throughout the day, you will want to check out what we have to offer. Ask us for more details.

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ActiveWrap® and Physiquality Deliver Confidence and Quality Healthcare

Posted on Nov 04, 2013


 

After a thorough product screening evaluation we are pleased to now carry the Physiquality seal of approval. Physical Therapy professionals associated with PTPNPhysiqualitycan now enjoy special pricing on all ActiveWrap products thru our new affiliation. This will allow any size clinic the opportunity to implement ActiveWrap thermal compress wraps into their day to day operations while making them available for distribution to their patients. Designed by therapists, ActiveWrap is tailored for today's health care giver affording injury specific adjustability and total comfort in an easy-to-use design. The PTPN network boasts more than 1200 offices and 4000 therapists. PTPN is contracted with hundreds of managed care organization covering millions of American's each year. The Physiquality program offers you and your family a range of health and wellness services, all provided by a network of clinically trained, carefully screened physical therapists. You can rely on the Physiquality name as a seal of approval for health and wellness services that are safer, more effective and more fun than you'll find elsewhere. For more information, visit physiquality.com

 

Based company, ActiveWrap® Inc continues to provide a unique and patented alternative to current thermal therapy methods. The ActiveWrap Hot/Cold compress is a high quality professional therapy wrap that adjusts to your exact injury.

 


 

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Active Wrap Ice and Heat Compression Wraps

Posted on Oct 04, 2012

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Active Wrap Ice and Heat Compression Wraps

Injury is part of the package when it comes to running. If you speak to any experienced runner then they will more than likely have spent at least some time recovering from one of the many ailments that plagues the sport such as stress fractures, tendon damage or shin splints.

Active Wrap Ankle Wrap

Cross training, gym work, rest sessions and running on soft surfaces all play their part in guarding against injury, but when those twists and twinges do occur then often ice is one of the best treatments for reducing swelling and speeding up recovery.

Active Wrap products have been developed to offer targeted hot and cold therapy treatment to the area where you need it most. No more do you have to struggle with ice packs or frozen peas to cover the area of swelling as the wraps conform to your joint contours which means that it is easy to apply both compression and hot or cold treatment to the area of swelling or pain without struggling to keep any ice or heat pads in place.

The Active Wrap products are available for all of the major joints and can be used to apply both hot and cold treatments to the damaged area of the joint.

The ankle wrap is perfect for applying ice to a twisted or tender ankle – which is an all too common injury that runners suffer from during cross country or trail running.

Active Wrap Ankle

The wraps include ice/heat packs that are held into the wrap using Velcro. This makes them easily to detach for freezing and then to subsequently reattach.

Active Wrap products have been through thousands of texts and now carry the Physioquality seal of approval which means that they are used nationwide by physiotherapists and sports professionals worldwide.

Active Wrap products are available from the Active Wrap website and are supplied with a free drawstring bag. 

 

 

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Why Ice And Heat Treaments Work For Injuries

Posted on Oct 04, 2012

 

January 20, 2011 By

Ice and heat are the most common treatments for injury and soreness. Over the years you probably have heard of many different protocols for how to utilize ice and heat to improve recovery from injury. Lets make sure that you know exactly what you should be doing.

The hated, at least by most people, ice treatment should be used during the first 48 hours to reduce swelling and inflammation. Ice compression should be done for 10-15 minutes and repeated 30 minutes after ice is removed from the injured area for the first couple hours after the injury. Then reduced to 10-15 minutes every couple of hours. Don’t over-do it because ice can cause frost bite. For overuse injuries ice can be used at the end of a workout to help control inflammation. But don’t ever ice these areas before a workout or sporting event it will reduce performance.

Heat is the treatment that most people look forward to. Heat helps relax and loosen muscles, and gets blood flowing to that area. It is recommend that heat treatments shouldn’t be done for more than 15-20 minutes and area shouldn’t be swollen or inflamed. Heat can be used for overuse injuries before an activity to get your blood flowing to that area.

Ice and heat treatments have come a long way since the days when I would sprain my ankle and put ice in a bag and use an ace bandage to hold it on the injured area. Now there are compression wraps that are designed for specific areas of the body and gels that can be warmed or frozen.  The ice and compression of the R.I.C.E. model are now taken care of with one easy solution.

ActiveWrap, a company I was recently introduced to, produces these products and they gave me the opportunity to try them out. I liked how comfortable the ankle ice/heat wrap and the knee ice/heat wrap were to wear. I didn’t have to constantly adjust them or have to lay perfectly still to get the desired effect. If you have any overuse injuries or would just like to have something available for those rare ankle sprains these are definitely the products you want available.

We will be giving an active wrap product away today on our giveaway page www.facebook.com/myfitnessdeals.  To receive an additional entry in our giveaway leave a comment at the end of  this post. Active wrap is also offering all of our readers $5 off any orders you  make for the next 30 days if you use the coupon code: FITDEAL5.

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Ice Therapy- What is it, when to use it and why?

Posted on Sep 20, 2012

 

ICE THERAPY

Ice, anyone? Ice isn't just for cold drinks. In the past eight to ten years, many studies have shown the benefits of ice as therapy. Here are the answers to some common ice-related questions.

What Does Ice Do?

Ice is one of the simplest, safest, and most effective self care techniques for injury, pain, or discomfort in muscles and joints. Ice will decrease muscle spasms, pain, and inflammation to bone and soft tissue. You can use ice initially at the site of discomfort, pain, or injury. You can also apply ice in later stages for rehabilitation of injuries or chronic (long-term) problems.
During an initial injury, tissue damage can cause uncontrolled swelling. This swelling can increase the damage of the initial injury and delay the healing time. If you use ice immediately, you will reduce the amount of swelling. Ice decreases all of these: swelling, tissue damage, blood clot formation, inflammation, muscle spasms, and pain. At the same time, the ice enhances the flow of nutrients into the area, aids in the removal of metabolites (waste products), increases strength, and promotes healing. This "ice effect" is not related to age, sex, or circumference of the injured area.

What are the 4 Stages In Ice Therapy?

There are four official stages to ice. The first stage is cold, the second is burning/pricking, the third stage is aching, which can sometimes hurt worse than the pain. The fourth and most important stage is numbness. As soon as this stage is achieved, remove the ice. Time duration depends upon body weight. Twenty to thirty minutes should be the maximum time per area. If it is necessary to reapply ice, let the skin go to normal temperature or go back to the third stage of aching.

How Does Ice Therapy Work?

Ice initially constricts local blood vessels and decreases tissue temperature. This constriction decreases blood flow and cell metabolism, which can limit hemorrhage and cell death in an acute traumatic injury. After approximately 20 minutes of ice, blood vessels in the injured area then dilate (open) slowly, increasing the tissue temperature, an effect which is termed "reactive vasodilation." A study reported in the Journal of Orthopedic Sports Physical Therapy, (Jul/Aug, 1994), found that, despite the reactive vasodilation, there was a significant sustained reduction in local blood volume after ice was applied.

What Does This Mean For Me?

It can mean a lot, if you are injured or in discomfort! Ice therapy can help the area heal faster, and there will be a decrease in pain and swelling and an increase in lymphatic drainage.

Why Ice After A Workout?

In the past 28 years, there have been many studies of ice as a therapy tool for injuries. Many of these studies have had conflicting conclusions, but improvements in technology are giving researchers new data. There is no doubt in the minds of many researchers and doctors that ice is the most widely used and efficient form of cryotherapy in medicine today. A 1994 study sited in The American Journal of Sports Medicine (Jul/Aug) showed ice affects not only the arterial and soft tissue blood flow, but also the metabolism of the bone, in a positive way. This is significant in the healing process of an injury to a joint.

When Should I Use Ice?

For the greatest benefits, use ice after exercise and not before. In the Journal of Sport Rehabilitation (Feb/1994), a study on the ankle was conducted to see if ice should be used on an injury before exercise. The finding showed decreased temperature reduces the joint mechanoreceptor sensitivity and thereby alters joint position sense, exposing the joint to possible injury. In conclusion, cooling a body part prior to athletic performance is contraindicated, which is academic-speak for "probably a bad idea."
It was once believed the use of ice was only beneficial in the first 24 hours after an injury. Recent scientific studies have shown the benefits of ice over the long term. During the initial stage of an acute injury (within 24-48 hours), or during the chronic stage (after 48 hours) ice can be very beneficial in promoting wellness.

Can I Ice As A Precaution?

You can use ice immediately following any workout, discomfort, or injury. If the swelling or pain does not decrease within a reasonable time (24 to 48 hours), consult a physician.

Is Ice Safe?

Ice therapy is very safe when used within the treatment time recommended. Don't use ice if you have the following conditions: rheumatoid arthritis, Raynaud's Syndrome, cold allergic conditions, paralysis, or areas of impaired sensation. Do not use ice directly over superficial nerve areas. In a study printed in the Archives of Physical Medical Rehabilitation (Jan/1994), the use of ice was tested on spinal cord-injured and able-bodied men. The results were that ice and cooling down the body temperature may evoke a vascular response to cold stimulus that may be mediated in part by the spinal cord and by supra-spinal centers, causing a change in blood pressure.

How Should Ice Be Used In Conjunction With Exercise?

Ice can be combined with movement. Once the fourth stage of icing has been achieved, numbness, gentle range of motion and isometric exercises can begin. These movements should be painless, stressing circular, spiral, and diagonal movements. Once the numbness has worn off, re-ice and exercise again. This can be done two or three times a day. Ice can cause changes in the collagen fibers of the muscle. Strenuous exercise is a bad idea during an ice treatment, as this can result in further damage to the injury.

How Does Ice Combine With Other Therapies?

In March of 1995, an interesting study was conducted on the use of ice and ultrasound. Ultrasound is an instrument used in assisting the healing process to damaged tissue. The study found if ultrasound was followed by a five-minute application of ice, the muscle significantly increased in size. When ice was applied first followed by ultrasound, there was little or no change in the muscle fibers. One of the important conclusions of this study is after exercising, take a shower first, before applying ice, to receive the maximum benefits.

 

Laurel J. Freeman, B.A., a nationally certified sports massage therapist in Florida, has worked on many world-class athletes and has given numerous lectures in health related field. She developed, teaches, and practices Reprogramming Neuromuscular Responses @ (RNR). Laurel is a member of the Florida Track Club.

 

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Cold or Heat?

Posted on Sep 20, 2012

 Cold vs Heat Therapy

Written for Inside Gymnastics Magazine Coaches Guide 2006 

Much of today’s use of cryotherapy in the gym is in the acute or early stage of injury. We have all seen young athletes running around the soccer field or gymnasium juggling a dripping bag of ice, stopping only momentarily to slurp a little drink from the corner of the bag in youthful naivety. Let’s face it…it’s tough enough to get an energetic youngster to sit still, let alone strap an uncomfortable bag of ice to them as well. However, the simple routine of utilizing cold wraps or ice wraps can go a long way in keeping your athletes healthy. But when do you use cold and when do you use heat on an injury? Well most of us agree that heat generally feels better on the surface. Heat is frequently used for pre-activity to help relax stiffness in joints and the chronically injured. Heat can play a nice role in improving muscle stretching prior to exercise, hence, the term warm-up. A fun little demonstration is to show your athlete a frozen rubber band and a warm rubber band and demonstrate what stretches longer without breaking.

The use of cold therapy is designed to physiologically block pain. How, you ask? Well when a muscle is in its shortened state, it can program a repeating process to influence nerves in the area to continually spasm. These spasms can be painful but eventually broken with the use of cold therapy. We can dive into a complex discussion on the physiological process known as the gate theory of pain here but we’ll save that for another day. In a nutshell, the cold pack application is used to bring the muscle back to a more natural resting state without producing more pain.

The common acronym P.R.I.C.E. is still the best rule of thumb for immediate onset injuries and ice application, otherwise known as Protect, Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation. P.R.I.C.E is very effective in the initial treatment of soft tissue injuries such as sprains, strains, and contusions. The use of cold therapy following a tough workout can assist in recovery and help prevent the many overuse injuries that plague the sport. An ounce of prevention can really go a long way for a young athlete. Remember that a proper cool-down is just as important as a proper warm-up.

Cold therapy can come in many forms. Ice cubes, cold baths, gel packs,ice wraps and topical gels have all been utilized at one time or another. When dealing with young athletes, I tend to steer clear of any toxic-chemical based instant packs for the simple reason of safety and curiosity. My experience is that if a cold wrap is easy and comfortable for a youngster to wear then they will actually follow through with the treatment and eventually make a habit of doing it for prevention. The first couple minutes of cold may be tough to swallow for the young athlete but once they’ve made it past the initial stage it becomes smooth sailing for the remaining duration. The cold does not have to be teeth-chattering and should be applied for no more than 15 minutes at a time. Just remember, too much cold can be damaging to the injury and the underlying tissue, so time duration is very important. Some individuals can be very sensitive to cold so make sure your athlete has a barrier (paper towel or thin layer of fabric) between the skin and cold treatment. Cold is generally applied during the first 48-72 hours or until swelling has subsided.

By Shawn J. Hickling BSc, PTA Shawn received his degree in Exercise Physiology from Chapman University. 

He has worked in the field of Sports & Orthopedic Physical Therapy for over 15 years and is the founder of ActiveWrap Inc. 2003-2004 Official Therapy Wrap of USAG and United Spirit Assoc.

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New Product Alert!

Posted on Sep 07, 2012

ActiveWrap® is pleased to release three new XXL sizes. The new XXL Shoulder Wrap, The XXL Back Wrap and The XXL Knee-Leg Wrap. If there is a body that needs therapy we can cover it. To learn more call us toll free at 866-880-9777.

 


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