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The instant ice bag is ideal for first aid applications that require cold therapy quickly and effectively.
Ideal for bruises, sprains, trauma, hyperthermia and in all cases where ice therapy is needed.
The compress reaches -5ºC in a few seconds and takes 30 minutes to reach only 0ºC.
It can be sold individually or in a box with 24 units.
The application of ice or heat to an injury complies with criteria.
The idea that for all injuries or pain we should apply ice is not entirely correct. In some cases, it is even better to use heat.
For those who train with some regularity, injuries always imply a period of break that can contribute to a decrease in sports performance and demotivation in the training process.
Any abnormality with your body during or after any physical activity requires you to take a break, to avoid more serious and/or more difficult to treat disorders. One of the first secrets is to opt for some rest and application of ice (or heat depending on the situation) at least in the first hours.
When is it best to make ice?
Right after the injury.
Recent studies conclude that the main effect of ice is to reduce pain at the injury site. However, it also delays the inflammatory process and tissue regeneration itself (Mirkin, G. 2016).
Assuming that inflammation is essential to the tissue regeneration process, any physical agent that delays it will delay the process of resolution of the lesion.
Thus, Dr. Gabe Mirkin, researcher and sports medicine physician, states that the application of ice should take place within a period of 10 minutes with an interval of 20 minutes and again apply 10 minutes, with the possibility of repeating the cycle 2 times in a row. The recommendation also states that the application should not be applied beyond 6 hours after injury.
If some of these principles are violated, it is verified that the new collagen tissues, “built” to repair the lesion, will grow in an anarchic and disorganized way, resulting in a more vulnerable structure, less responsive and with less capacity to absorb load.
Ice can also be an important ally in the post-workout period as a preventive form for injuries, minor inflammation and other situations.
We often hear about the famous cryotherapy baths that high-competition athletes are subjected to after the most intense training and aim to promote analgesia, anesthesia, vasoconstriction and reduction of muscle spasm effects.
When to use heat?
The use of heat is usually associated with older chronic injuries.
Heat helps increase peripheral blood circulation and mobility when muscles are stiff and/or sore.
In some contractures, heat can be an important ally, as, in short, contractures are hypovascular points that can take advantage of the vasodilator power and increase the peripheral circulation for relaxation and irrigation (Kisner & Kolbi, 2005; Hebert et al, 2003 ).
However, it is important to point out that in case of doubt or if the symptoms do not progress, it is best to seek advice from a physiotherapist. This will be the first contact health technician who can best advise or refer you according to your situation, as some situations may require a more specialized intervention.
This type of advice is not an encouragement to self-treatment, but a way to understand the effects of ice or heat in situations of injury. If in doubt, do not hesitate to seek help from a physiotherapist. Most injuries always need some type of intervention and the sooner they are treated the easier it will be to resolve.
Examples of applying ice or heat depending on the type of injury
Apply ice every 10 minutes with 20 intervals (run 2 cycles). You can do more cycles but only up to 6 hours after the injury occurs.
Stiffness of a joint:
Application of heat to the painful area for periods of 20 minutes, especially before exercise or mobilization.
Application of localized heat for a period of 20 minutes in order to prepare the target tissues for an intervention.
Apply ice every 10 minutes with 20 intervals (run 2 cycles). See a physiotherapist for application of functional ligation.
Direct trauma (type of blow or fall):
If there is no fracture or open wounds, ice can be applied to the affected area for periods not exceeding 10 minutes.
Based on: https://www.holmesplace.com/pt/pt/blog/fitness/fisioterapia-a-importancia-do-frio-ou-calor-nas-lesoes
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