All of our Warm Buddy with the application of heat helps to increase blood flow to sore muscles which helps with relaxation and removes toxins from the cells by increasing circulation.
Application of heat with a Warm Buddy™ heat wrap provides soothing warmth and moist heat that penetrates deep into the underlying tissues. Uses include athletic injuries, muscle aches and pains, stress relief, headaches, back pain and arthritic conditions.
When used cold, swelling and inflammation are decreased. Cold anaesthetizes the area as well as provides vasoconstriction of blood vessels. Uses include bumps and bruises, strains, inflammation of joints and pain relief for a variety of conditions.
There are many non medical side benefits to using Warm Buddies. These include comfort, warmth, relief from stress, and work as an aid in falling asleep.
All Warm Buddy products are approved by Health Canada as a class one medical device.
Try a Warm Buddy™ body wrap when you have a cold. Add aromatherapy oil to the pack after heating and enjoy heat and the aromatherapy benefits.
A recent study found that heat wrap therapy proved to be more effective at treating lower back pain than oral pain medications such as ibuprofen and acetaminophen.
Hot Cold Therapy for pain relief: Headaches:
The headache can be a normal headache due to stress or maybe headache due to migraine. The former is yet manageable but the latter sometimes just goes out of control and it becomes very difficult to manage the same. There are different ways to deal with different types of headaches. Once the headache starts, the entire day is ruined and people tend to lose interest in almost all activities for the day. This in turn hampers the work as well.
There are some tips or ways to deal with headaches. Some of them are mentioned below. There are 3 main ways to deal with headaches. The 3 main ways being:
1. Walking is one of the best ways to overcome headache due to tension and stress. Walking and mild exercises help the body to relax and in turn the mind gets relaxed and the headache gradually lessens. This is the easiest and best way to deal with headaches.
2. Drinking a cup of coffee usually helps many to overcome the headache. The caffeine content in coffee helps to relax the mind and thereby calms you and helps in reducing the headache. Having a cup of hot coffee or tea is generally recommended and many people follow this method since it is simple and easy to perform. This does not involve much of their time or energy. You can grab a cup of tea or coffee even at your work place without the routine work getting disturbed. This is followed as a traditional belief also. The science behind this goes like this. Coffee or tea is rich in antioxidants and antioxidants are known to have health benefits. These antioxidants help fight the free radicals and thereby calm your mind, relieve tension and make you free from headache. This method to deal with headaches is generally practiced by many.
3. There is a therapy called cold therapy. This therapy uses the benefit of cold packs such as our Ultra shoulder wrap to reduce the sensation of pain. This is supposed to be a quick remedy for severe headaches. Use of our eye pillow is another effective way to deal with migraine headaches it is a proven method and this enables the patients suffering from headache to recover faster. The simplest way of using cold therapy is to use an ice pack, but there is advanced methods that would help in dealing better with headaches. Cold compress is generally used if not ice pack. There are disadvantages of using ice pack because the ice tends to melt fast due to the heat generated by the body at the place of pain. Hence frozen cold packs are used so that they help in a better way to deal with headaches. These cold compresses that are used instead of ice packs seem to have more benefits over the traditional ice pack therapy due to many reasons. Or the simplest means is talking a Warm Buddy heat pack and keeping one in the freezer for these occasions.
So next time you suffer a headache, do not panic; just go for any of the 3 ways mentioned above and you will be more than surprised to find yourself getting relief faster. It is advisable not to go for painkillers for headaches since regular use of painkillers is harmful for health.
Pulled Muscle, sprain or just aches and pains in general
When treating an injury such as a pulled muscle or sprained ankle, hot or cold therapy is often utilized. When using this type of therapy on an injury, many people are often unsure on which type of therapy they should use. The following outlines when to use either hot or cold therapy
One should apply heat on an injured area when there is no inflammation. Heat therapy is typically used for such conditions as sore and stiff muscles, relieve lower back pain as well as joint pain. The heat relaxes muscles and improves blood circulation. Experts believe the heat releases endorphins which inhibits pain signals to the brain. The effect of the heat causes the blood vessels to expand allowing the blood which carries oxygen and nutrients to circulate and reach the injured area. The boost in circulation allows excess fluid and waste to be carried away from the area allowing for healing to take place.
Heat therapy is often used before exercise or participating in sports so the muscles will be relaxed and more flexible. Heat is usually applied for about 20 minutes. A hot wet towel, sports therapy pack, and body wrap are normally used in heat therapy. Heat therapy is popular for use for back pain. It should not be used on sprained ankles and inflamed joints and muscles. The suitable temperature for heat therapy is about 104 to 113 degrees Fahrenheit
Cold therapy is used for reducing pain, inflammation, and slowing metabolic action. The cold dulls nerve activity thereby inhibiting pain. For inflammation, cold constricts blood vessels which stop fluid from traveling to the injury where swelling occurs and permits fluid drainage. This allows for a reduction in swelling. Cold reduces muscle spasms and tightens muscles so they cannot stretch and extend which allows for healing.
Cold therapy is beneficial for immediate injuries as it reduces both pain and swelling. It is beneficial for treating lower back pain. Ice wrapped in a towel and cold packs are often used for about 10 minutes at a time. Some people will use our heat packs/cool packs as they can also be placed in the freezer for a couple of hours and they will retain the cold for an hour or so. If you experience these injuries often due to your activities we suggest always keeping one heat pack in the freezer, so it is ready to use immediately on the injury. Cold therapy is also beneficial for chronic pain injuries. It should not be used before exercise because it tightens muscles making them less flexible.
When one sustains an injury due to such activities as heavy lifting, exercise, sports, or another activity that involves an intensive use of the muscles and ligaments, hot and cold therapy is an effective treatment for the injury. These injuries are quite common. The type of treatment you use will depend on the type of injury you receive. It is important to remember that an injury can be serious so it is vital that you see a doctor if the injury gets worse.
Many experts recommend seeing a doctor if the injury does not improve within 48 hours. Whether you use hot or cold therapy, it is essential to use the proper temperature and length of time for the most effective results.
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