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Top 10 Hot and Cold Compresses

Updated on April 15, 2013

Relieve Aches and Pains with a Compress

Hot and cold compresses are great for all ages. This practical item may just be a welcome gift for someone on your holiday gift list.

Old folks have aches and pains that can be relieved by a hot pack. Athletes of all ages can benefit from a cold or hot pack used at the right time. And if you know someone who is always hot (or cold), one of these gel compresses gives instant, comforting relief.

Swelling often goes down after a cold compress is applied. Ice or cold is also helpful for chronic (long-term) injuries after using the afflicted area, such as when playing sports.

Heat helps blood flow to an injured area. It's also good to apply heat before a sports event to an area that often causes pain to increase blood flood to that area.

This photo shows my trusty hot and cold gel compress that was a gift from my sister. It's great!

Photo Credit: Peggy Hazelwood

When to Use Cold or Heat

Use cold for sudden injuries like a sports injury that just happened within 2 days. Cold reduces swelling

and relieves pain in such cases.

Use heat for sore muscles and joint pain. Heat increases circulation, blood flow, & skin temperature.

For long-term chronic injuries, use heat before sports, then ice the area after sports.

Source: Marshfield Clinic

Do You Use a Hot Compress or Cold Compress?

Do You Use a Hot Compress or Cold Compress?

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Localized Hot and Cold Compresses

Hot / Cold Gel Mask - for Sinus Pain

Features: can be used hot or cold (heat in hot water or microwave; make cold in freezer or refrigerator)

Amazon Rating: 4.3 out of 5 stars

Comfort Pack Hot or Cold Eye Mask

Features: can be used hot or cold; relieves dry eyes with heat (30 seconds in microwave); washable polycotton cover; adjustable to fit all sizes heads

Amazon Rating: 4.2 out of 5 stars

Nuk Warm/Cold Relief Pack - for Breastfeeding Mothers

Features: can be used hot or cold; relieves breast pain from feeding; relieves pain from engorgement and blocked ducts

Amazon Rating: 4.1 out of 5 stars

Activewrap Hot/Cold Compress for the Wrist

Features: for hot or cold use; has a sturdy hook and loop fastener; reusable; lightweight

Amazon Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Body Glove Knee and Elbow Compress - Hot and Cold Relief

Features: can be used hot or cold; one size fits most; comes with wide mouth ice/hot water bottle

Amazon Rating: 4.2 out of 5 stars

Elasto Gel Hot/Cold Foot and Ankle Wrap

Features: can be used hot or cold (heat in hot water or microwave; make cold in freezer or refrigerator)

Amazon Rating: 4.2 out of 5 stars

Hot / Cold Packs for Any Part of the Body

3M Hot Cold Packs - Use Anywhere You Have Discomfort

Features: can be used hot or cold; comes with covers; conforms to afflicted area; 4 X 10 inches

Amazon Rating: 4.3 out of 5 stars

Smart Temp Portable Hot and Cold Pad - Large size to fit about anywhere

Features: stays hot or cold up to 1 hour; comes with elastic strap to hold secure on area; great for sports injuries, menstrual pain, back and muscle pain

Amazon Rating: 4.4 out of 5 stars

Accu-Therm Gel Packs - Hot and Cold Therapy

Features: 2 gel packs; can freeze or microwave

Amazon Rating: 4.0 out of 5 stars

Theramed Hot or Cold Pack

Features: use for hot or cold therapy; various shapes and sizes

Amazon Rating: 4.2 out of 5 stars

~*~ These hot and cold compresses are budget friendly. Most cost less than $30. ~*~

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