By Barbara Day, M.S., R.D., C.N.
I went to pick up my race number for the Derby Festival miniMarathon Thursday. I spent a few minutes looking the exhibits at the expo. What I found was an interesting new product called Arctic Ease. As an athlete, I have had every injury in the book: sprained and broken ankles, sprained and broken wrists, shoulder pain, foot pain, knee pain, back pain, pulled groin muscle, you name it, I have had it. Most of the pain and swelling from these musculoskeletal injuries would have been greatly decreased at the point of impact if I had had some ice readily available. But when you are out running or riding a bike, you typically don’t carry ice with you. But Arctic Ease might be just what the doctored ordered.
What is an Arctic Ease?
Arctic Ease is a specially treated cryotherapy wrap or pad which absorbs heat energy from your body to cool the covered area and can be wrapped around the injured area. It easily conforms to the injury and requires no tape or clips. According to the product information, “the absorbed heat is then lost to evaporation, which allows for the sustained cooling effect of Arctic Ease.” According to their product information, Arctic Ease stays cold for 4 to 6 hours. It comes in a ready-to-use right-out-of –the –pouch package.
No refrigeration is needed and the fact that it is reusable makes Arctic Ease cost effective. All you have to do is add 1 to 2 tablespoons of water and reseal the bag. It takes about 2 – 3 hours to rehydrate.
If needed, Arctic Ease can actually be worn during exercise. Arctic Ease is odorless, contains no latex or adhesive, and is also eco-friendly. It’s convenient in that you could stuff it in a runner’s belt or bike pouch, ready to use when needed. Hey, this strategy might be like taking an umbrella with you to prevent it from raining! If you have active kids, you may want to stuff one of these wraps in your car, just in case!
You can get one 4” X 60” online at www.arcticease.com ($12.29) www.amazon.com ($16.64), www.walgreens.com ($11.49) or www.cvs.com ($12.99). The pads sell for a pack of three 4” X 6” pads ($8.79) at www.arcticease.com.
Barbara Day, M.S., R.D., C.N, is a registered dietitian (www.DayByDayNutrition.com) who has been teaching healthy lifestyles strategies to consumers for over 35+ years.