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Martial Arts Athletes Benefit From ActiveWrap

Posted on May 29, 2011

I have a general policy of not guaranteeing anything.  I like to under-promise and over deliver.  That said I have one thing I can pretty much say with surety is that if you participate in combat sports (wrestling, boxing, martial arts, football, arm wrestling, etc.) you will, some time on your path, some day injure some (or most likely multiple) parts of your body!   It has happened to me on several occasions over the past 20 years, and will most likely happen again in the next 20.

While we cannot control IF we get injured, we can control how long and the severity of said injury by way of prevention and preparation.  I will save the "ensure a proper warm up" speech for another post, but I want to introduce the martial arts community to a great company: Active Wrap USA.  Though they have been around since 1997, few in the martial arts community have heard of them.

Offering a full line of thermal compression wraps, Active Wraps are hands down the best heat and ice products I have come across.   Many of us are guilty of  taking a frozen bag of corn, wrapping a towel around it, and finishing with a make shift sling.  Eventually this frustrates us and we end up "toughening it out."  Those days are over with Active Wrap.

Available in six different designs specifically manufactured for the area of the body it is designed to aid: Shoulder/ Knee - Leg /Foot-Ankle-Achilles/ Elbow/ Lumbar/ Wrist/  and coming soon one for the neck!

 ActiveWrap sent me one of their knee wraps to review.  I do not (knocks on wood) have a leg injury, but I used this heat and cold therapy wrap as if I did for a full review, and the efficacy of heat/cold therapy on sports injuries is well documented, so I focused more on durability, comfort, ease of use etc.

The best thing about Active Wrap is that each one is specifically designed and manufactured with the joint in mind.  The leg wrap was fully adjustable (and they come various sizes) and very comfortable to wear and move with.  Obviously mobility is hindered, but I was able to bend my knee a few degrees with ease and comfort without the wrap sliding or shifting out of position.

Adjustable Velcro straps hold securely and look quite strong and durable.  Overall durability is something that is hard to discuss in an initial review, as time will tell how well the product holds up.  Initial inspection shows reinforced seems and top grade Velcro on the 3" compression straps which spiral around the knee keeping gentle pressure.  The wraps and material (a medical plush cloth) are very flexible and comfortable throughout.

The gel packs were easy to heat and cool, offering a thick gel that does not "migrate"into a corner of the packet.   Average pre ported lifespan on the gel packs is 2-3 years with daily use.  These are non-toxic and safe and easy to pack into luggage when traveling.

Overall I think Active Wrap's heat and cold therapy wraps are something all martial artists, personal trainers, rehab specialists, team medics / doctors, should have in their arsenal.   Though modestly priced individually ($24-$70 USD), the only significant downside to the products are the fact that to be truly prepared for any injury (in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu we use and get attacked with all our body parts) one must purchase all of the products which could be a bit cost prohibitive.   Perhaps Active Wrap should consider a bundle package with discount in their future marketing.

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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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