Recovery and Therapy products

Our expert advice and best products to help you heal and recover.

Hot & Cold Therapy

Hot therapy involves applying heat to the body to relax muscles, increase blood flow, and alleviate pain, while cold therapy uses cold to reduce inflammation, swelling, and numb pain. Both can be beneficial for different types of injuries or conditions.

Frequently Asked Questions about Hot & Cold Therapy

How does hot and cold therapy work?

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Hot and cold therapy exert their effects through different mechanisms.
Cold Therapy: Constricts blood vessels (vasoconstriction), reducing blood flow to the area and minimizing swelling. Numbs nerve endings, providing pain relief and reducing the perception of discomfort.
Hot Therapy: Dilates blood vessels (vasodilation), increasing blood flow to the area, which promotes healing by delivering nutrients and oxygen to tissues. Relaxes muscles, reducing stiffness and improving flexibility and range of motion.
Both hot and cold therapy can also affect the transmission of pain signals to the brain, providing temporary relief from discomfort. The choice between hot and cold therapy depends on the specific goals of treatment and the nature of the injury or condition.

Do I need hot or cold therapy for my recovery?

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The choice between hot and cold therapy depends on the type and stage of injury or condition.
Cold Therapy: Best for acute injuries, such as sprains, strains, or bruises, as it helps reduce swelling and numbs the area, relieving pain. Apply cold therapy within the first 48 hours of an injury or during flare-ups of chronic conditions like arthritis.
Hot Therapy: Suitable for chronic conditions or stiff, aching muscles, as heat helps improve blood flow, relax muscles, and alleviate stiffness. Use hot therapy for muscle soreness, stiffness, or chronic conditions like arthritis, but avoid using it immediately after an injury or during inflammation.
For some conditions, alternating between hot and cold therapy (contrast therapy) can be beneficial, but always consult with a healthcare professional for personalized advice.

What types of hot and cold therapy products are there?

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Hot and cold therapy products come in various forms to cater to different needs and preferences

Cold Therapy:

  • Ice Packs: Reusable gel packs or bags filled with ice or gel that can be frozen and applied to the affected area.
  • Cold Compresses: Instant cold packs activated by breaking an inner pouch, causing a chemical reaction that produces cold.
  • Cold Therapy Wraps: Fabric wraps with pockets for ice packs, providing compression along with cold therapy.

Hot Therapy:

  • Hot Water Bottles: Rubber or silicone bottles filled with hot water, providing localized heat.
  • Heating Pads: Electric pads that generate heat when plugged in, available in various sizes and shapes.
  • Microwavable Packs: Fabric packs filled with materials like rice or flaxseed that can be heated in the microwave and applied to the body.

Electro Therapy

Electrotherapy devices use electrical impulses via skin electrodes to ease pain and aid recovery by stimulating the nerves and natural painkillers in the affected areas of your body.

Frequenly asked questions about electrotherapy

How does Firefly work?

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Firefly uses small electrical pulses to stimulate the peroneal nerve (a nerve in your leg). This increases full-body blood flow. That means more fresh blood and oxygen to reduce lactic acid and soreness, eliminate toxins, and keep muscles flexible.

Firefly kickstarts your body's natural healing processes, paving the way for a faster and more efficient recovery.

  • Firefly stimulates blood flow
    Firefly stimulates your peroneal nerve, triggering muscle contractions and setting the foundation for enhanced recovery.
  • Increased blood flow helps improve recovery
    Leg contractions increase blood flow throughout your whole body, delivering the essential recovery fuel to your muscles.
  • Get back to training, faster
    Increased blood flow flushes out lactic acid and delivers vital nutrients, paving the way for a rapid and effective recovery.

When and how long should I wear the Firefly devices?

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Recommended usage will optimize recovery so you can train harder and perform better. Firefly Recovery is used for warm up (30-60 minutes) post workout recovery (1-4 hours) and travel (duration of travel).

Can I use Firefly for upper body recovery?

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Absolutely. Since Firefly increases blood flow throughout your entire body, it always functions as a full-body recovery device.

How do I use Firefly?

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Recommended usage will optimize recovery so you can train harder and perform better. Firefly Recovery is used for warm up (30-60 minutes), post workout recovery (2-4 hours), and travel (duration of travel). Simply apply Firefly to the correct location on your peroneal nerve and turn the device on.

How does Firefly differ from muscle stim?

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The Firefly is a modified NMES that stimulates a nerve vs. a muscle, it is not a muscle stim or TENS unit. Stimulating the peroneal nerve causes muscles to contract and to increase blood flow. Stimulating a muscle (with traditional NMES) for extended periods of time can cause muscle fatigue. The Firefly safely avoids muscle fatigue that can be caused by TENS.

Massagers

Massagers are devices designed to apply pressure or vibration to the body to alleviate muscle tension, reduce pain, and promote relaxation.

Frequently Asked Questions about massagers

How do mAssagers help with healing and recovery?

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Massagers, such as massage guns, aid in healing and recovery by:

  • Increasing Blood Flow: Enhancing circulation delivers nutrients and oxygen to muscles, expediting healing and waste removal.
  • Relaxing Muscles: Pressure and vibration reduce stiffness, spasms, and improve flexibility, expediting recovery from workouts or injuries.
  • Relieving Pain: Disrupting pain signals to the brain provides temporary relief from soreness, aches, and discomfort.
  • Facilitating Myofascial Release: Targeting trigger points and tension areas promotes the release of tight fascia, enhancing movement and preventing future injuries.
  • Reducing Stress: Inducing relaxation responses lowers stress levels, improving sleep, reducing inflammation, and supporting immune function, which aids in the body's recovery process.

Red Light Therapy

Red light therapy uses low-level red light wavelengths to penetrate the skin and stimulate cellular repair and regeneration. It can improve circulation, reduce inflammation, and promote healing in tissues. Red light therapy can be used for skin rejuvenation, wound healing, pain relief, and reducing inflammation in conditions such as arthritis.

Frequently Asked Questions about Red Light Therapy

What is Red Light Therapy?

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Red light therapy, also known as low-level laser therapy (LLLT) or photobiomodulation (PBM), involves exposing the body to red or near-infrared light. This non-invasive treatment is used to promote healing, reduce pain, and improve various health conditions.

How does red light therapy work for healing and recovery?

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Red light therapy works by stimulating the mitochondria in cells, which enhances cellular energy production. This boost in energy metabolism helps cells repair and regenerate more efficiently, promoting tissue healing and reducing inflammation. Additionally, red light therapy increases blood flow to the treated area, delivering oxygen and nutrients while removing waste products, which further supports the healing process.

Is red light therapy safe?

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Yes, red light therapy is considered safe when used properly. It emits low levels of light energy, which do not generate heat or cause damage to the skin. However, it's essential to use appropriate eye protection when administering red light therapy to avoid potential eye damage. Additionally, individuals with certain medical conditions, such as epilepsy or those taking photosensitizing medications, should consult with a healthcare professional before undergoing red light therapy. Overall, red light therapy is well-tolerated and has minimal side effects, making it a safe option for healing and recovery.

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