If you've been following my Monday training posts, you might remember that I struggled with some leg injuries last week, with some symptoms of plantar fasciitis and, more worrisome to me, ankle tendinitis. I've not so slavishly followed the typical RICE protocol (Rest, Ice, Compress, Elevate), which usually does the trick for me. This time I had an added weapon in my arsenal, Arctic Ease.
Arctic Ease® wraps are great to use on joints, arms and legs. They come in four colors (white, pink, black and blue) and they are 4″ by 60″ (4 in. by 5 ft.). The wraps are ready to use right out of the resealable package, are odorless (contain no medications, menthol or alcohol) and cold at room temperature. The wraps stays in place without tape, clips or adhesives. They come in a reusable pouch that stores anywhere – no refrigeration required (do not freeze). Nontoxic, latex free, biodegradable and safe for the environment as well.
A caveat. The first time you pull these out of the pouch, they have a strange, almost creepy feeling. The wraps are somewhat slimy, almost viscous, and I struggled to find the end in order to unroll it for use. Maybe it's just me.
But the question is, do they work? Absolutely. After the initial strangeness, Arctic Ease wraps feel like a frozen ace bandage, a you can wrap them as tightly or as loosely as you like around the affected area - in my case, the ankles. Then, the cryotherapy speeds cooling relief to assuage soreness. Sitting down, this one product gave me all four components of RICE in one easy package!
Definitely a recommended product if you suffer from aches and pains, or need a more efficient recovery system from common running injuries.
They obviously have a good sense of humor and a relaxed corporate culture, as you can tell from this Twitter post:
"It's Friday, you know what that means? Coffee, you're on the bench. Alcohol, suit up."
For more information, visit the Arctic Ease website, follow on Twitter, like them on Facebook, and subscribe on YouTube.
Disclaimer: This product was sent to me for review purposes, courtesy of Arctic Ease, via Steinreich Communications. I was not compensated in any other way for the review, was not obligated to give it a positive review, and all opinions are my own. Some information in this review was taken from the company website.
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