Many can’t wait to hit the slopes for the ultimate ski and board active holiday. However, many of us forget that skiing is an extreme sport and don’t prepare our bodies sufficiently for on-slope action. Those with desk-bound jobs are especially vulnerable and as a result, painful injuries can occur which bring the winter fun to an abrupt end as well delivering a whole lot of pain.
Luckily for ski fans there’s THERAPEARL’s duo hot and cold packs. These handily provide both the necessary instant cold relief for injuries and also the heat therapy required to speed up any healing process. The doctor-designed, drug-free and high-tech packs containing Pearl Technology® can be either warmed up (in the microwave) or chilled down (in the freezer) and applied where required on the body – for the doctor prescribed 20 minutes – either before or after hitting the snow.
Pearl Technology® incorporated into THERAPEARL’s duo hot and cold packs comprises non-toxic, tiny pearls that are soft and pliable (even when frozen). These are contained within a range of specially shaped and contoured body packs which mean THERA°PEARL easily and comfortably conforms to any part of your body for effective treatment. What’s more, the dual action hot or cold option of the packs delivers twice the therapeutic benefit. Cold can be applied to reduce swelling and bruising, whilst heat provides penetrating pain relief.
By heating THERA°PEARL packs in the microwave and applying to stiff, cold joints, the stimulated blood flow warms up the muscles, helping to prevent injury by preparing the body for high intensity exercise which can cause muscle strain and torn ligaments.
Heat therapy increases circulation (blood flow), effectively relaxing muscles and easing movement. Stimulating blood flow to injured areas once swelling has gone down promotes healing and speeds recovery of damaged tissue.
For any injuries picked up on the slopes, heat should be introduced at least 24 hours after an injury, once swelling/bleeding has subsided. Cold packs can be used after any physical activity to lessen the effects of wear and tear on the body. To use, simply chill in the freezer or refrigerate for up to two hours and apply.
Ice therapy (a.k.a. cryotherapy) is one of the most common recommendations by doctors for injury prevention and recovery. Applying ice immediately after an injury or physical trauma (the sooner the better but certainly within 24 hours) constricts blood flow and slows bleeding/swelling and reduces pain and muscle spasm. Applying ice to the injured area decreases the metabolic rate of cells, which limits the risk of cell death after an injury and helps prevent long-term damage.