Ice is a runner’s best friend. It’s surely mine, especially after a long run!
Icing an injury can help reduce inflammation or swelling and speed up recovery period. Even without injury, icing a specific body part that’s prone to injury can help prevent problems during training.
TIPS FOR ICING AN INJURY:
- Ice, ice, ice immediately after feeling the pain! Best if you do it within 24 to 48 hours.
- Elevate the injured area while icing.
- Avoid applying ice directly on the skin for a long period of time.
- Put ice blocks in a ziplock bag, use a bag of frozen peas (better since they conform to the shape of your body), or use a thin towel between your skin and ice. (Or try the product I reviewed below. No, I don’t get commissions for this!)
- Try ice massage. The only time you should try ice on the skin is when you do an ice massage (freeze water in a paper cup and use the top portion to massage your injured area while holding the cup upside down).
- Leave ice on for 15 to 20 minutes only. Take breaks in between and start again if you wish.
ICING: THE OLD-FASHIONED WAY
This is the way I used to ice my foot or legs or any injured area:
INTRODUCING: SENSACARE PACKS
Sensacare products are great alternatives to ice packs or hot compress especially for us athletes. To use, you can microwave the pack for 1-2 minutes or leave it in the freezer for 1-2 hours. It provides relief for up to 30 minutes.
A bonus: Sensacare products are made with 100% natural herbs and grains which emit a wonderful aroma that promotes relaxation and relieves stress.
The product line includes the following:
TBR REVIEW: SENSACARE UNIVERSAL PACK
I was given the Universal Pack which I used to wrap around my foot as I struggled with Morton’s Neuroma the past months. Even now that I’ve recovered, I regularly use the pack after long runs or when the foot feels a bit sensitive. This pack can easily wrap around the knees, shins, thighs, and even the upper body should you need it.
What I liked about Sensacare Universal Pack:
- Convenient, easy to use, and reusable. Say goodbye to ice or a wet towel dripping all over the place. Just pull Sensacare out of the freezer or heat it up in the microwave and you’re all set for a mess-free, relaxing therapeutic session. Bonus: you can do it all over again the following day.
- Comfortable. The pack is ergonomically designed to wrap around the body and can be securely fastened with a velcro strap. The material is also velvety soft. I felt like I could sit back and relax without having to worry about the pack slipping or dripping.
- 100% natural. Sensacare packs contain natural herbs and grains. No artificial ingredients or fragrances.
- Soothing aroma. The scent emitted from the herbs and grains such as chamomile, lemongrass, peppermint and more definitely makes a huge difference. It makes the entire experience even more relaxing. You can smell the scent even while it’s in the box!
- Portable. You can leave this in an iced cooler while you’re out running your long runs. Once done, just wrap it around your foot while having breakfast with friends. Or, if you often travel (think: marathons abroad), this product is easy to pack and bring along with you. Throw it into the hotel freezer before your run.
- Reasonably priced. The Universal Pack is P1,799. Other products’ price ranges from P1,099 to P3,499.
My only concern with the product was that the pack didn’t get as cold as regular ice. Despite that, I felt like it was efficient at providing relief to my foot.
I loved this product. I highly recommend it. It’s a great tool for us runners who really must accept that managing injuries is really part and parcel of running life.
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