When you’re dealing with something like a strained ankle, stubborn shoulder, or bruised elbow sometimes the best way to relieve pain is through a cold pack. Cold packs help heal by decreasing inflammation and increasing circulation, which in turn helps remove inflammatory substances like cytokines. A cold pack can instantly help numb what ails you, giving you some relief from the pain and giving your injured body part a chance to heal.
The right cold pack for you will depend on where you need to use it, and for how long. If you’re on the hunt for a new cold pack for whatever reason here are some of the best cold packs out there.
Rester’s Choice Gel Cold & Hot Packs can be molded into whatever shape is needed when frozen and will stay nearly ice cold for hours afterward. Or you can microwave it and use it as a heating pad. The sections in the construction allow the gel to be evenly distributed. These packs are extra large for even the biggest of injuries like lower back and lower leg pain, and they’re available in a pack of two for the price of one of their competitors.
Lotfancy’s Face Ice Pack is the perfect post-dentist solution to tooth, face, and jaw pain. Available in a perky pink and a delightful blue, it offers a hands-free way to keep your neck and jaw cool while you get better. Cold treatment really works, and this is a surefire way to put your pain on ice – or heat, if you prefer it. The wrap is adjustable (from 27 to 30 inches).
PhysioNatural’s Large Flexible Gel Ice Pack is a multipurpose cold pack that can fit in several high-profile and high-injury locations all over your body. Measuring 11” by 14”, it can fit over your entire lower or upper back, your shoulder, your knee, or other hard to cool places.
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