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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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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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Successful Cure for Plantar Fasciitis

Posted on May 29, 2011

excerpt taken from Online Running Gear.Com

To read the entire article please click the link above.

If you’ve read about my treatment of plantar fasciitis, then you already know about my 10 month journey to find a cure for plantar fasciitis. I can finally say, with confidence, that I’ve been successful.

My cure for plantar fasciitis has been a combination of the following treatments:

Ice: Apply ice twice a day to the area of soreness. For me, this is a very localized point on my heel. Since plantar fasciitis is caused by a pulling or overuse of the fascia or arch tendon, instinct would tell me that I should apply the ice to the arch. However, my orthopedic surgeon advised me to apply it directly to the area of pain. I could definitely feel the difference when I changed the area that I was icing. So, my recommendation would be to ice where the pain is.

I am using an amazing product for icing called Active Wrap® Foot/Ankle Heat Ice Wrap. I wish I had one of these years ago. This high quality compression ice wrap is an essential for delivering maximum icing to a targeted area. It’s usefulness goes beyond plantar fasciitis and can help with so many sports inflicted injuries. I could go on about how great this product is, or you could head over to my ActiveWrap® Review where I cover all the specifics.
Stretch, stretch, stretch: as many times a day as you can remember, do your calf stretches. I focus mostly on calf stretches, but arch and toe stretches are useful as well. The most popular advise is to apply the stretches for 10 seconds on, 10 seconds off. My favorite calf stretch is the stair calf stretch, although the wall calf stretch is also a well known alternative.

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