At Michael and David Black Chiropractic Group we always stock ice and heat packs in plentiful supply for strains, sprains and injury. It can be confusing knowing how and when to apply them so we’ll give you some clues right here!
Ice or Cold Therapy
Ice therapy is also known as cryotherapy or cold therapy and is an integral part of the treatment of sports injuries. As taught in R.I.C.E (Rest, Ice, Compression & Elevation), ice therapy is used in the early (acute) stage of a sports injury to relieve pain, prevent swelling, cool tissue temperature and prevent further tissue damage following the initial injury.
Ice treatment is most commonly used for acute injuries. If you have a recent injury (within the last 48 hours) where swelling is a problem, you should be using ice treatment. Ice packs can help minimize swelling around the injury.
Ice packs are often used after injuries such as an ankle sprain have occurred. Applying an ice pack early and often for the first 48 hours will help minimize swelling. Decreasing swelling around an injury will help to control the pain.
Ice treatments may also be used for chronic conditions, such as overuse injuries in athletes. In this case, ice the injured area after activity to help control inflammation. Never ice a chronic injury before activity.
Our ice packs reduce swelling and offers muscle / joint pain relief. Our gel allows the pack to remain flexible when frozen, making it easy for the ice pack to conform to any part of the body.
Chiropractic Flex-Ice is our recommended re-useable cold pack. It is freezable and Non-Toxic. Use for pain relief, muscle spasm, sprain, strain, bruises and also for headaches, toothaches, minor burns and insect bites.
Every house should have Chiropractic Flex-Ice for immediate relief. Simply place in the freezer compartment. Chiropractic Flex-Ice comes with complete instructions on use and contra-indications. Even if it’s been stored in a refrigerator it maintains a gel like viscosity, making it easy to wrap around inflamed joints to get better surface area coverage.
Heat Packs & Wheat Bags
Heat treatments should be used for chronic conditions to help relax and loosen tissues, and to stimulate blood flow to the area. Use heat treatments for chronic conditions, such as overuse injuries, before participating in activities.
A wheat bag is a cotton corduroy bag filled with non-chemically treated Australian whole grain A grade wheat that can be used either hot (heated in a microwave) or cold (stored in the freezer). Our wheat bags are a natural alternative for treating and managing aches and pains.
The cellular structure of wheat provides fantastic insulation properties. Wheat can absorb and distribute both heat and cold evenly and gradually ensuring effective pain relief. Wheat bags easily mold to the contour of the area that is being treated.
A wheat bag is heated in the microwave for a set amount of time – each wheat bag has a heating label with the recommended heating time sewn into it for maximum safety. Once the wheat bag is heated it is simply placed on an area where heat is required.
Wheat bags can be used as cold packs. Simply place your wheat bag inside a plastic bag and keep in the freezer. After about 4 hours the wheat bag is usually cool enough.
Please note wheat bags are not ice packs so never freeze – they are a cold pack. A cold wheat bag is perfect for when a child has a fall or bump as the cool is soothing and this helps calm the child. We recommend keeping one in the freezer permanently.
Mazbarn Wheat Bags
We stock Mazbarn Wheat Bags and Therapeutic Pillow wheat bags in varying shapes and sizes. They are a natural, Australian made compress which can be used either hot or cold to relieve aches and pains.
Mazbarn heat and wheat bags can be used to treat backache, stomach aches and cramps, as well as tight, sore necks and muscles effectively. The variety of sizes ensures they can wrap around the neck and shoulders, low back or limbs.