Ever exercised to the point of pain? Ever twisted an ankle? Ever fallen on your knees? …
Welcome to the club! We've all suffered at some point. Usually ice or heat is applied to the injured area to relieve pain. That's where the thermokit can help. (product link)
How Thermokit works
Thermokit is a versatile support designed for various parts of the body: elbows, thighs, knees and calves. This way you can treat your injury and keep your hands free.
With a double strap for easy, precise fitting providing effective compression for injuries caused by exercising.
When to apply ice
Treating injuries with ice is called cryotherapy. The cold makes the blood vessels contract and increases blood viscosity, thus reducing bruising and swelling. Pain will also be reduced from the numbing effect.
Ice is recommended for pain resulting from physical exertion, bruising and inflammatory reactions. It should be applied to the injured area as soon as possible.
When to apply heat
Treating an injured area with heat increases its temperature. Heat helps the body tissues eliminate the waste created by exertion, thus speeding up the healing process. You should avoid the use of heat in the case of bruising or bad circulation.
Heat is recommended to relieve pain and muscle spasms.
Ice or heat
The purpose of both ice and heat is the same; to reduce inflammation. Yet they have different effects. It's better to use ice in the first hours after the injury and heat once the pain has began to subside. However, if you feel no improvement, you should consult your doctor.
About the RICE treatment
- R for Rest: the joint should always be kept in a resting position; this is the only way to start the healing process.
- I for Ice: cool down the injury as fast as possible to prevent swelling; this step also reduces the risk of blood clots.
- C for Compression: it reduces swelling and increases blood flow, while protecting the joint to help it rest.
- E for Elevation: if it's a lower limb that has been injured, raise it higher than your heart to help the blood flow.