The Fitness4Her Health and Fitness Product Review of:
I always recommend stretching and warming the muscles before exertion in order to avoid injuries. However, sometimes during exercise, sports or even everyday tasks, muscles can become overstressed and injuries may occur. The discomfort from the injury can get in the way of a successful fitness program. That’s when it helps to have some hot and cold therapy to relieve the pain.
Cold therapy helps with discomfort by reducing swelling from injury. Ice packs or bags of ice can be used but in order to walk around, the ice packs need to be strapped to the body, usually by means of plastic wrap and tape. It’s almost impossible to engage in exercise or in sports level activities when using this means of cold therapy.
Hot therapy encourages blood flow and helps to reduce soreness in muscles and joints. Hot showers or baths, whirlpools or heating pads are some effective types of hot therapy, however none of these allow for activity. That’s why I was interested in trying out the ActiveWrap. Just like the name implies, this wrap protects vulnerable joints and muscles during activity, and there is an ActiveWrap to cover everything from ankles to wrists and many of the muscles in between.
Each wrap includes reusable heat and ice packs that fit easily inside a pocket that is conveniently tucked inside the durable compress wrap. Wide, soft compression straps allow for a tight fit to target the heat or cold directly to the injury.
I tried one on and adjusted the straps so that it fit nice and tight. The hot/cold packs weren’t bulky and slipped easily into position within an inner pocket away from my skin. The packs seemed to rest comfortably on the targeted area without getting in the way of my motion. I didn’t have an injury, so I can’t say if it alleviated any pain. However I know many people who have muscle and joint pain and they might benefit from the ActiveWrap without having to give up on their fitness program.
I can see how wearing an ActiveWrap even after a strenuous workout could be quite beneficial. Using hot or cold therapy after exercise can help to reduce swelling and speed the recovery of over fatigued muscles.
I would recommend the ActiveWrap to anyone interested in a more convenient means of hot/cold therapy, especially those who enjoy staying active.
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~ Karen Ficarelli
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