Hot & Cold Therapy

Instant ice packs are fantastic to have to hand in your kit bag, car or home for immediate pain relief. We have an extensive range of hot and cold gel packs that are suitable for ongoing treatment and rehabilitation of all injuries, from a basic pack to compression pads for specific limbs. We also have a range of hot and cold sprays for therapy out and about as well as gels such as Biofreeze that allow you to combine with massage to offer a fantastic pain relief.

See the advice below if you need more information on the benefits of hot and cold therapy.

Hot & Cold Therapy advice

Should I apply hot or cold?

Cold therapy or cryotherapy should be applied to an acute injury or one that is the result of a direct trauma or movement. Acute injuries are immediately painful and often involve bleeding, swelling or inflammation. Applying cold therapy can help reduce the pain and inflammation and lower the metabolic rate. Cold can be applied for 10 to 20 minutes every 1 to 3 hours initially depending on the size of the area.

Alternating hot and cold can be applied after the initial acute period which may be 2 to 5 days depending on the injury. A common routine is (2mins hot, 1 min cold) x 6 = 18 minutes.

Heat will help relax tight, aching muscles and joints increasing blood flow through muscles and the elasticity of ligaments. Heat therapy can also be used prior to exercise in chronic injuries to warm the muscles and increase flexibility. Cold therapy should only be used on a chronic injury after exercise or training to reduce any post exercise inflammation.

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