Cold Wrap Therapies

Written by Sierra Rein
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Both conventional health specialists and alternative homeopathic experts use cold wrap therapies. It has been well-thought through history that applying cold water or ice to an injured or pained part of the area can lead to lesser aches and faster recovery rates. Hippocrates himself claimed the use of ice and snow to be particularly therapeutic during ancient times.

Today, cold wrap therapies are used for professional athletes and dancers who consistently place a lot of wear and tear on certain parts of the body. Runners will typically have cold wraps waiting for them at the end of long distance races. Similarly, ballet dancers who feel as though they have overstrained their joints and ligaments will place cold compresses for at least 15 minutes to cool down the areas and prevent swelling.

The Tools for Cold Wrap Therapies

Take a walk near a college gymnasium, and undoubtedly one will see young athletes walking with bags of ice strapped to their knees, elbows or ankles. Makeshift cold wraps work excellently at keeping the area of the body cold and free of pooled blood. However, they can sometimes be unwieldy, heavy, and difficult to move around in.

There are also many professionally designed cold wrap therapies that can be kept in a freezer unit until they are needed. Special Velcro straps keep the neoprene-covered bags stable while the cold does its work on the body. These wraps are leak proof and can stay cold for the 15 to 20 minutes typically recommended by sports therapists and health advisers.

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