I was contacted by Arctic Ease to test out their cold compress wrap.
What Arctic Ease says:
"Arctic Ease wraps and pads are an incredibly simple but effective alternative to traditional cold therapy. They absorb heat energy from the body to cool the covered area. The absorbed heat is then lost to evaporation, which allows for hours of targeted cold therapy. Arctic Ease is ready to use right out of the package -- no refrigeration is necessary. And mobility isn't limited since Arctic Ease conforms to the affected area without the need for clips or tape. Arctic Ease is reusable, odorless and environmentally friendly."
Overall rating: A
I’m a fan of icing, ice buckets, ice baths. One thing I really liked about this product is that it’s not as cold as ice. (Anyone else want to break out into Foreigner tunes?) While I do love ice, I hate that shocking feeling you get when you put on something or submerge yourself in it. I was surprised that Arctic Ease quoted a research study about this very issue.
Research says, “The optimal temperature for effective cold therapy is above 59° F (15°C).* When skin temperatures go below that, tissue damage such as frost nip and frost bite can occur - it's one of the biggest risks associated with traditional ice therapy. And it's why you have to put ice on, then take it off - over and over again. Arctic Ease eliminates this inconvenience, reduces the risk and discomfort associated with temperature extremes and makes it easier to get relief from pain and swelling so you can get back to doing what you want to do. *Lee, Pardun, Buntic, Kiehn, Brooks, Buncke, ORTHOPEDICS, “Severe Frostbite of the Knees After Cryotherapy”, January 2007;30(1):63.b Cheng, Thompson, Yakobi, Dermatology, “FROSTBITE”, Updated: May 13, 2009
Another thing I really liked about this product is that it is self sticking and adds a bit of compression while it is also icing. It accomplishes two birds with one stone. It’s also reusable!
Where can you get Arctic Ease? They list several of their retailers here: http://www.arcticease.com/where.php and look for them at your next marathon expo.
How much do they cost? I've seen them range from $8.99 - $11.99. However, for one lucky reader it'll cost nothing!
Here’s how you enter the giveaway, please answer the following questions in one comment to this post, giveaway will close Wednesday 12/15 winner announced 12/16:
1. Do you ice regularly?
2. What is your most troubling ache?
3. Please go to their facebook page and “like” –then tell me you did in your comment.