ActiveWrap® Back Heat & Ice Wrap
When I was twenty years old I was in a car accident and I injured my back pretty badly. I spent a solid four years in and out of physical therapy until I learned my new limitations since the accident. I had an issue with my age and previous level of activity and then not recovering fully and over exerting myself causing relapses and reoccurring injuries. I have been very fortunate in recent years really only suffering setbacks during the strain of pregnancy. However, I did have injuries to several discs in my neck and back, SI joint pain, and arthritis. I have to be mindful now of what type of activities I do and have come to realize there are some things I just can’t do any longer without the risk of injury.
Stretching and strengthening exercises have always helped especially when I was knowingly participating in an activity that I know might cause back pain. Another trick I’ve learned over the years was to utilize heating pads before and after the back-straining activity. That seems to help, but having heat during the activity seemed like it would help as well. I tried the disposable wraps before, but not only are the expensive and not very effective, they are disposable. I’m not only trying to be more eco-friendly, with three kids I need to be more economical as well. This is where the ActiveWrap® Back Heat & Ice Wrap comes in.
The ActiveWrap® Back Heat & Ice Wrap is a reusable, washable, fabulous back wrap that you can use either as a heating pad or as an ice pack. A quick side note, most people think of back pain and injuries as needing heat application only, but I can say from experience there were numerous times that my doctors and physical therapists told me to use ice to reduce swelling. This is the first wrap I’ve owned that allows both heat or ice application. The wrap itself comes in two sizes and is comfortable as well as adjustable.
The website gives this technical description of the product: “The ActiveWrap® heat and ice back wrap features extreme comfort, fit and adjust-ability. Complete with our specially formulated non-migrating 7 x10″ hot/cold pad and a durable compression wrap made of eco-friendly material. This new pain modality features Active Medical Plush™ fabrication to lock in the body’s natural warmth when used for soothing heat while insulating keeping the cold in during cold therapy applications. Silky smooth ventilated side panels ensure breath-ability during long duration use demonstrate superior quality to typical neoprene or foam fabric wraps.” Additionally, you may choose their complete system with an additional hot/cold pack or two. ” This will give you a designated pad for heat and a pad for cold.This is ideal for hours of continuous relief. These quality pads are unlike anything on the market.”
Last week, after a dump truck came and delivered 5 yards of mulch that needed to be shoveled, wheel barreled and applied around the yard I put on my ActiveWrap® Back Heat & Ice Wrap (using the heat) and got to work. Now I had already used the wrap for days when my back was stiff or sore, so I knew it worked. Last week during one of my most back aching yearly activities I worked in my wrap. Not only was it comfortable but I didn’t ache nearly as much as previous years. After such strenuous activity the wrap also needed a wash and I’m happy to report it washes well. I continued to use the wrap this weekend as well as I was still feeling stiff and a little achy after three days of mulching. This is a product I know will help give me pain relief and comfort for a long time to come.
ActiveWrap® also sells a number of other products for knees, foot/ankle, shoulders, elbows and wrists. You can check out their full line of products on their website and check them out on Facebook too!