Give your injury more than a frozen bag of peas

(NC) We all know by now that it is very important to ice an injury as soon as possible, but in many circumstances, doing just that is cumbersome or inconvenient.

The R.I.C.E. method (Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation) is an age-old prescription for anyone dealing with life's little bumps, bruises, aches and sprains. Two important parts of this formula combine ice with compression, but if you find this difficult to work into a busy life, take a look at that an increasingly popular solution.

“Dr. Cool is the first and only flexible fabric wrap to combine ice and compression in an easy-to-use method,” says Rick Schaly, who was instrumental in bringing Dr. Cool into Canada from the United States. “This wrap uses a patented chemical-free 'Coolcore' fabric that flash freezes in only 20 minutes and stays cold for about an hour, without bothersome dripping as it thaws. It gives us 360 degrees of cold compression versus traditional ice packs that cover only a limited area. Dr. Cool can also be worn as a dry compression wrap to support and protect various body parts during activity, to help shorten recovery time.”

Schaly points out that the wraps come in several fashionable colours. They are washable and can be found in many pharmacy and sporting goods stores.

Athletes can continue some of their routines while injured, as can the average weekend warrior who needs to ice when returning to work. Or for others, such as courier drivers, construction workers, and bodybuilders, the product can help them continue their work day and get ice and compression at the same time.

“Dr. Cool is a fantastic ice wrap that will help you get the proper ice and compression that you need, when you need it,” Schaly continues. “It is so much better than a cumbersome bag of frozen peas or messy plastic bag filled with ice. This is truly recovery-on-the-go.” Schaly also runs Trainers Choice, an orthopaedic bracing company, as well as a renowned chain of sports medicine clinics that provide physiotherapy, and athletic therapy services.

Be sure, he says, to consult a physiotherapist or athletic therapist to evaluate the nature of your injury and its treatment.

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