Hot & Cold Therapy

Hot & Cold Therapy
  • IMAK Eye Pillow Cold Therapy Mask Brownmed A30131

    IMAK Eye Pillow

    IMAK Eye Pillow Reusable Eye Cold Therapy Mask

    Eye Pillow is a patented product that conforms to your face and eyes, blocking out light. Breathable cotton material is comfortable to wear, and the smooth ergoBeads inside create a gentle massaging effect around your eyes. Place the eye pillow over your...

  • Signagel Electrode Gel Parker Labs 15-25


    Signagel Green Electrode Gel

    This highly conductive, multi-purpose electrolyte meets all the standards of the ideal saline electrode gel. Signagel® Electrode Gel is recommended for ECG, defibrillation, biofeedback and EMG. One tube contains 8.5 ounces of electrode gel...

    As low as $12.01
  • Intellinetix Vibration Therapy Mask Brownmed 7236


    Intellinetix Head Vibration Therapy Mask

    A comfortable, rechargeable device providing targeted vibration therapy that aids in pain relief from migraines, headaches and sinus pain Vibrations serve as sensory distractions, disrupting pain signals constantly traveling from your body to your brain...

    As low as $57.59
  • RecoveryTherm Cold / Heat Therapy Device Therabody Inc TB03778-01


    RecoveryTherm Cold / Heat Therapy Device

    RecoveryTherm Cube replaces messy ice packs and inconvenient heating pads: It's a portable, compact device that seamlessly combines cold therapy, heat therapy and contrast therapy. Set it and forget it: Choose between three optimized presets for fast and...

  • RecoveryTherm Heat/Cold + Vibration Therapy Wrap Therabody Inc TB03250-01


    RecoveryTherm Knee Heat/Cold + Vibration Therapy Wrap

    If you routinely experience knee discomfort or are recovering from a knee injury, have you ever wondered if you could wear a device that would both vibrate and provide heat for up to 3 hours of relief? With Therabody's RecoveryTherm Hot and Cold...

  • Hyperice Replacement Heat and Massage Therapy Pad Hyperice Inc 24005 001-00


    Hyperice Replacement Heat and Massage Therapy Pad, for Venom Go

    Venom Go pads are designed specifically for the Venom Go. The refill pack contains three reusable pads, each providing up to 20 uses per pad. The Venom Go by Hyperice is a wearable heat and vibration device you can place almost anywhere on your body. The...

  • Hyperice Venom Go Heat and Massage Therapy Pad Hyperice Inc 24000 001-00

    Hyperice Venom Go

    Hyperice Venom Go - Heat and Massage Therapy Device & Pad

    The Venom Go by Hyperice is a wearable heat and vibration device you can place almost anywhere on your body. The Venom Go pod connects magnetically to the Venom Go pad to create versatile and powerful treatment wherever your body needs it most. Choose...

  • Hyperice Venom 2 Heat and Massage Therapy Wrap Hyperice Inc 22100 001-00

    Hyperice Venom 2

    Hyperice Venom 2 - Heat & Massage Therapy Wrap, One Size

    The Venom 2 Leg wrap by Hyperice combines heat and massage relief of sore leg muscles. Designed with HyperHeat™ technology for consistent, even heating, the Venom 2 Leg heats up faster than a standard heating pad providing instant, soothing relief to...

Hot and Cold Therapy Treatments

Hot and cold therapy are two popular treatment options for injuries. However, each treatment type is different.

How Hot and Cold Treatments Work

Today, hot and cold treatments are common because they work well for many injuries. However, always consult with your doctor to determine the best treatment for your situation.

Hot Treatment

Hot packs increase the flow of blood to the area where it's applied. So, it's a good option for relieving:

  • Arthritis and osteoarthritis pain and stiffness
  • Muscle aches and pain
  • Muscle spasms
  • Sprains and strains
  • Stiffness

  • Cold Treatment

    Cold treatment decreases the flow of blood to the area it's applied. It's a good option for reducing or relieving:

  • Arthritis and osteoarthritis inflammation
  • Inflammation
  • Muscular aches and pain
  • Muscle spasms
  • Sprains and strains

  • Both treatments work for many of the same injuries and are sometimes alternated to get the most relief. Unless instructed by a healthcare professional, you shouldn't use either hot or cold treatments for over 20 minutes at a time.

    Hot Therapy Treatment Options

    The most common heat therapy treatments are hot packs, paraffin bath therapy, and ultrasound therapy.

    Paraffin Baths

    Paraffin baths offer a great hot treatment option to relieve pain and stiffness. They are accommodating for those living with osteoarthritis. Paraffin wax is available in wintergreen scent or unscented varieties. Always follow unit instructions and safety precautions, and about four pounds of wax are standard.

    Hot Packs

    Hot packs improve blood flow and circulation to loosen stiff muscles and relieve pain. Hot packs like McKesson disposable compresses are a great on-the-go option and can stay hot for up to 20 minutes from the time you activate it.

    They are made of a latex-free soft cloth and come in a 24-count package and two varieties:

  • Disposable
  • Reusable

  • Reusable hot packs are often dual purpose as they can also serve as a cold pack. For example, gel pillows either freeze for cold treatment or microwave for heat treatment. The benefit of a dual-purpose hot and cold pack means you always have what you need. All you need to do is freeze it for cold therapy or microwave it for heat therapy. However, follow directions carefully and always wrap the hot-cold pack in a soft cloth or towel to prevent injury.

    Cold Therapy Treatment Options

    Cold packs constrict the blood vessels where you apply them, which is especially helpful during the first 72 hours of an injury.

    There are two types of cold packs:

  • Disposable
  • Reusable

  • Disposable cold packs are made of plastic, ammonia nitrate, and water. They come in 16- to 50-count packages. The size of these cold packs also ranges from 4.7 x 5.5 inches to 6 x 9 inches. To use them, gently squeeze them to pop the internal liner, then shake the contents to activate the cold pack. As with the hot packs, it's best to use them with a soft cloth and use them for only 20 minutes at a time unless otherwise directed by your provider.

    Some disposable cold packs, like O&M Halyard cooling packs, are made of patented Stay-Dry™ material and contain a pouch for ice insertion.

    Reusable cold packs are made of fabric or knit material for added comfort and to combat moisture condensation. These packs have pockets where you can add ice. They come in three sizes:

  • Small eye packs
  • Medium ice bags
  • Large ice bags

  • Remember, always check with your doctor for guidance on determining the best hot or cold treatment for your situation.