Archive for June, 2007

Hot and Cold Therapy

June 17, 2007


Today many of us suffer from the nagging aches and pains located in our muscles and joints. Whether our pains are from diseases like multiple sclerosis, arthritis or fibromyalgia, or we have pulled muscles or acquired sprains from sports, therapies such as hot or cold compress applications may assist us in offering some relief which may get us back to what we love most – enjoying life itself!

Hot and cold therapy has been studied as early as 1918. Cold therapy has proven to be effective in reducing inflammation (heat, swelling, soreness) in injured ligaments while hot therapy increases blood flow to the muscles, all of which control the pain level and edema (fluids) of our injuries and soreness.

It has been reported that 10-20 minutes of therapy is most appropriate whether you are using either hot or cold therapy. Cold therapy has been traditionally used for immediate therapy of sprains, strains, fractures and other inflammatory conditions. In addition, cold therapy has been practiced for chronic pains such as migraine headaches, tendon injuries and tension. It is stated that application of cold increases the patients’ pain threshold by decreasing spasticity and excitability of free nerve endings and peripheral nerves, thus offering pain reduction.

Heat is useful in the rehabilitation phase of injuries. Heat therapy is effective for repetitive strain injury when coupled with massage and relaxation exercises. Heat alters the viscous flow properties of collagen to relieve joint stiffness (connective tissues become more elastic and are able to move freely.) It has been reported that “moist” heat is more effective than “dry” heat in that it penetrates deeper into the muscle, offering more relaxation to the muscle and joints.

Hot and cold therapy products are readily available at Medex01.com and come in many shapes and designs to offer therapy for all parts of the body. There are products that have the ability to be used for both applications-hot or cold and others are for a specific use only. It is imperative that when using these types of products, you follow the manufacturer’s directions for use. Too much cold can cause extensive nerve damage and too much heat can cause burns.

Additional tips to to keep in mind :

1. Heat should not be applied to sensitive skin as the patients may not be able to perceive discomfort and realize the temperature should be lowered.

2. Never use topical analgesics such as “Ben Gay” or others when using heat therapy, as the chemicals in these medications increase blood flow to the surface of the skin and may hamper the thermoregulatory response of heat redistribution, causing severe burns.

For addition information on hot and cold therapy, consult your physician.

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Elasto-Gel Hot & Cold Therapy Cranial Cap

June 17, 2007

Apply Hot and Cold Therapy To the Head and Neck
Use for headaches, muscle strain, discomfort and more! The Elasto-Gel Hot – Cold Therapy Cranial Cap has been specially designed to apply mild pressure and hot or cold therapy to the head and neck regions. Use during Physical, Sports or Occupational Therapy….or for simple day-to-day needs.

Elasto-Gel Therapy Products are made of a tough, flexible gel covered with a four-way stretch material which allows maximum conformity, heat transfer, and comfort.
A single item serves both hot and cold needs!

For Heat Treatment – Heat in the Microwave or Conventional Oven! (Directions Included)Moist heat quickly penetrates muscles and joints when a warm wrap is applied. The wrap will continue to provide moist heat for 20 to 30 minutes before it will need to be reheated.

For Cold treatment – Simply Place in Freezer! (Directions Included)The wrap remains soft and flexible at temperatures as low as -20F. The cold wrap will usually numb the treated area within 5 minutes without the severe shock and pain experienced with ice or ice water treatments. The wraps will remain cold for 20 to 40 minutes.

Care Instructions:Always store product in a plastic bag while in the freezer.Wipe cover down with a damp (not wet) cloth using mild soap or disinfectant.Allow the product to fully air dry before continuing to use.

Available Sizes: (Sizing based on hat size, or circumference of head 1″ above ear)Small/Medium – Hat size 8 and smaller or head circumference 26″ or less. Large/X-Large – Hat size 9 and larger or head circumference greater than 26″

Buy the Elasto-Gel Hot – Cold Therapy Cranial Cap at Medex01.com

The Joymain Far Infrared Knee Braces

June 5, 2007

Joymain Far Infrared therapeutic knee braces can improve blood micro circulation to the knee helping those with knee-joint pain. The far infrared knee braces can be worn all day to provide medium compression to relieve pain and discomfort to help with conditions such as Arthritis, Bursitis, Fibromyalgia, leg cramps, ligament sprains, Meniscus injury, Myositis, Patella Tendonitis, Rheumatic pain, and sports injury.

All Joymain Far Infrared therapeutic products are rich in far infrared elements which can absorb and reflect the far infrared rays of 8-14 microns wavelengths effectively.

Joymain Far Infrared products can help improve micro circulation,remove blood stasis, ease pain, suppress bacteria, diminish inflammation, raise temperature and help the body keep warm more effectively. Use Joymain products to provide non-invasive, non-addictive pain relief with no side effects.

Joymain Far Infrared knee braces are made of 50% cotton and 50% far-infrared polyester and come in hemp-grey. The knee braces are available in two sizes, one for knees with a circumference of 12 – 18 inches and one for knees with a circumference of 15-20 inches. Knee braces are hand washable.

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Far Infrared Clothing and Bands Natural Healing You Wear
Joymain Far Infrared Knee Braces sold at MedEx01.com

Cho-Pat Wrist Support – Wrist Band

June 5, 2007

The Cho-Pat wrist support stabilizes the basic forearm muscle group at their junction in the wrist and hand. It diminishes the shock of forces which otherwise would telescope up the forearm and lead to forearm tendonitis.

By relieving forces to the elbow during repetitive activities, tennis elbow and its recurrence can be prevented. The wrist support also eases discomfort due to Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, and is widely praised by individuals who suffer from weak wrists. The Cho-pat Wrist Support can be used as a preventative device or to provide support during work or play.

The Cho-Pat Wrist Support diminishes stress or pressure incurred at the hand and wrist that could telescope up the forearm and lead to forearm tendonitis or tennis elbow.

It uses compression around the wrist to lessen the impact on the basic forearm muscle group at their junction in the wrist and hand. The Cho-Pat Wrist Support provides customized compression and support for injured wrists or for maximum support during athletic activities. The lightweight elastic allows heat to escape ensuring a cool and comfortable fit while offering unrestricted support for the muscles and ligaments of the wrist.

Note: If you are between sizes, we suggest you order the smaller size

Sizing: Measure Circumference of Wrist
Extra Small 5.5-6 in.; 14-15 cm
Small 6-6.5 in.; 15-17 cm
Medium 6.5-7 in.; 17-18 cm
Large 7-7.5 in.; 18-19 cm
Extra Large 7.5-8.5 in.; 19-22 cm

Cho-Pat Wrist Support sold at Medex01.com

Complete Ab Workout Video – Exercise Ball

June 5, 2007

The exercise ball can be used for a variety of purposes. Some of the reasons the exercise ball is used are to learn proper posture, increase lumbar (low back) mobility, increase abdominal and back muscle strength, increase balance and stability as well as develop overall control and strength of the core body muscles.

Exercise Ball sold at Medex01.com

Neck Exercises

June 5, 2007

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Therma-Wrap for Hot and Cold Therapy Use

June 5, 2007

Available for the hand, ankle/elbow, knee, back and shoulder, the Therma-Wrap provides hot or cold therapy for the relief of pain associated with sprains, strains, and other injuries.
Therma-Wrap comes equipped with pockets designed to hold our FlexiPAC for either hot or cold therapy. Easy to use, simply Microwave in a microwave safe container with water just covering the FlexiPac for soothing heat therapy or store in the freezer for cold therapy.

FlexiPACs included, but you will want extra inserts for continuous treatment. Extra FlexiPACs are also available at an additional cost.

Ankle/Elbow: The Ankle/Elbow wrap is multi-functional. As an ankle wrap it is perfect for helping relieve pain in and around the ankle due to arthritis and acute or chronic ankle sprain. As common as ankle sprains have become in sports like Soccer, this pack is a must for every team trainer. When applied to the elbow, the wrap provides relief of elbow pain, tennis elbow, golfers elbow, elbow tendonitis and elbow arthritis. Includes two FlexiPac Hot/Cold Compresses, for continuous heat and cold therapy.

Knee: The Knee Wrap applies heat or cold therapy to the knee to relieve pain from knee arthritis, meniscus tears or ligament damage such as an ACL injury. Works great for chronic knee sufferers. Includes two FlexiPac Hot/Cold Compresses, for continuous heat and cold therapy, order extra 5″ x 10″ FlexiPACs.

Back: Ice and heat therapy have been proven to help relieve pain in the back due to arthritis, disc problems and muscle aches from overuse or injury. Includes three FlexiPac Hot/Cold Compresses, for continuous heat and cold therapy, order extra 5″ x 10″ FlexiPACs.

Shoulder: The hot/cold shoulder wrap is great for helping relieve pain from injured rotator cuff muscles, shoulder arthritis and acute injuries to the shoulder. Perfect for the athlete who throws repetitively, such as pitchers and quarterbacks. Includes three FlexiPac Hot/Cold Compresses, for continuous heat and cold therapy, order extra 5″ x 10″ FlexiPACs.

Therma Wraps are sold at MedEx01.com