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Reviews of Top 10 Hot and Cold Therapies - Relax Your Joints and Muscles
Reviews of Top 10 Hot and Cold Therapies - Relax Your Joints and Muscles
Pros & Cons

    Pros

  • High quality product
  • Easy to use and clean
  • Does not leak
  • No condensation
  • Good for cold and hot therapy
  • Keeps the warmth and cold for a long time
  • Wide opening on top

    Cons

  • None
Where to Buy
Review Summary

R&R Ice Hot Bag is an ideal bag for hot and cold therapy for pain relieve from sport injuries, aching muscles, menstrual period, headache and rheumatic fever. The bag is professionally engineered with wide, leak resistant cap design, which allows for easily filling of ice cubes. The bag does not leak and also does not get wet from condensation. A very soft fabric provides comfortable coverage of body area under care. This bag is reusable and economical.

To use as an ice bag,  just fill it with ice and close cap tightly before use. It lowers high body temperature and alleviates pain and soreness. To use as a hot bag, pour 50-60ºC (122-140ºF) hot water into bag, close cap tightly before use.

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Pros & Cons

    Pros

  • Cold therapy for aches, pains and swells
  • Highly used in clinical therapies
  • Available in four different sizes
  • Long lasting coldness, refreezes quickly
  • Contours easily as per target shape
  • Flexible yet very durable
  • Affordable price

    Cons

  • Splits at the seams eventually
  • Oversized packs are heavy and difficult to carry
Review Summary

The Chattanooga Black Polyurethane Colpac brand is great for any type of aches or pains. These packs are latex free and filled with non-toxic silica gel that remains malleable throughout treatment. These packs are available in 4 different sizes for different body areas. The most versatile is the over-sized pack (12.5”x18.5”) which can cover a larger area or multiple affected areas resulting in faster treatment. Each Colpac product provides up to 30 minutes of ensured cold therapy and refreezes quickly for another instant application. These packs are designed for heavy clinical use and are soft and flexible enough to contour as per the body area or shape.

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Pros & Cons

    Pros

  • Really easy to heat in microwave
  • Retains heat very well
  • Produces moist heat without adding water
  • Great for shoulder and neck pain
  • Good for warming bed on cold nights
  • Durable and comfortable
  • Inexpensive

    Cons

  • Does not get very cold in freezer and not so good for cold treatment
  • Has a bad odor right out of package
Review Summary

The Carex Bed Buddy Hot Cold Pack is good for treating neck, shoulder, arm, leg, knee, and back pains with soothing relief. It provides the moist heat relief which is recommended by physicians for fast and effective treatment of aches and pains. After heating in microwave for few seconds, it gives out moist heat providing an infusion of moisture to the top layer of skin to prevent moisture loss and improve hydration of skin and cells. This pack also helps arthritis patients in reducing the pain. It is also great for warming bed on cold nights.

Carex Bed Buddy can also be used as cold pack but users do not find it very effective in that mode. It does not get very cold even after long time in freezer. Also some users complain about the bad odor when the package is opened.

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Pros & Cons

    Pros

  • Long lasting coldness, quickly refreezes
  • Effective cold therapy for aches, pains and swells
  • Flexible and contours according to the shape
  • Seven different sizes as per need
  • Well-made, sturdy and durable
  • Extensively used by clinical therapists
  • Affordable price

    Cons

  • Large pack is space consuming
  • Absorbs smell of other freezer items
Review Summary

The Chattanooga Blue Vinyl Colpac is an effective cold therapy to get relief from aches, pains, sprains, swelling, fever or post-surgery swells etc. These packs are latex free and filled with non-toxic silica gel that remain soft and flexible throughout, thus taking the shape of the targeted area for maximum effective treatment. The Blue Vinyl Colpac’s are available in seven different shapes and sizes catering to different small or large areas as per need. Needless to say the larger pack (11”x14”) is the most versatile among all as it covers maximum area or multiple areas in a single treatment. These packs are designed for clinical or home use and provide up to 30 minutes of ensured therapy. They refreeze quickly and are ready instantly for another application during acute trouble or emergencies.

However, as it is recommended to be stored in freezer always, users feel the smell of other food or freezer items is absorbed by these packs.

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Pros & Cons

    Pros

  • Simple to use and gets ready in 1 minute
  • Stays usefully warm for 20 to 30 minutes
  • Easy to keep clean
  • Gives soothing moist heat
  • Good for lower back pain and painful hips
  • Comfortable and does not restrict movement
  • Reusable and durable

    Cons

  • Short tie straps
  • Barely gets hot or cold enough
  • Stays hot for a short period of time
Review Summary

Thermalon Microwave Activated Moist Heat Therapy Wrap with Ties for Back, Hip, and Shoulder is specially designed to allow freedom of movement during treatment. This has versatile wrap ties, like a robe belt, for easy application of moist heat therapy. It can also be worn to relieve hip pain or abdominal cramps. You can freeze it for soothing cold therapy, if needed. This 7" x 12" pad with ties fits up to a 60" waist. It is perfect for Back Pain, Shoulder Pain, Aching Muscles, Arthritis, Tension and Stress. This wrap is easy to clean and is hand washable.

Many users complain that this wrap does not get hot or cold enough to be effective.

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Pros & Cons

    Pros

  • Gets cold and stays cold for about 20 minutes
  • Has good Velcro straps to secure it in place
  • Very convenient and comfortable
  • Remains soft and pliable, even when cold
  • Physical therapists use and recommend this product
  • Very easy to use on knees and legs
  • Good price

    Cons

  • Velcro catches on cover
Review Summary

The Elasto-Gel All-Purpose Therapy Wrap is made of a tough, flexible high glycerin gel that is covered with a four way stretch material that allows maximum conformity, hot and cold transfer and comfort. This multi-purpose hot and cold wrap helps relieve muscle pain and speeds recovery after surgeries like knee replacements. They stay cold for about 20 minutes to provide soothing relief. These wraps are available in different sizes for use around different body parts. Elasto-Gel All-purpose wraps remain soft and pliable at temperatures as low as -20 degrees to as high as up to 250 degrees. The Elasto-gel wraps can be heated in a microwave and cooled in the freezer or refrigerator. These wraps have Velcro fasteners providing a strong hold to the place of application.

Overall, The Elasto-Gel All-Purpose Therapy Wrap is a good product and is a must have after knee surgery. It is used and recommended by physical therapists.

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Pros & Cons

    Pros

  • Easy to apply and use
  • Stays cold for long time
  • Stays in place around knee or ankle when walking
  • Velcro is long and strong
  • Good quality stitches
  • Very versatile ice wrap
  • Great product for the money

    Cons

  • Small ice packs
Review Summary

Mueller Cold/Hot Adjustable Wrap is an ideal pack and compression wrap for application of cold and heat therapy to all body joints. It has mesh pouch with hook and loop fasteners that holds reusable cold-hot packs.  The adjustable elastic wrap conforms to injured area and keeps the pack in place. This versatile wrap is easy to use and stays in place around knee or ankle even while walking. It stays cold for long time providing soothing relief to joints and muscles. The wrap is durable and has good quality stitches.

Some users say the ice pack is small and is not enough to treat both sides of the knee. You may need to buy 2 wraps to cover front and back of knee.

Overall, Mueller Cold/Hot Adjustable Wrap is a good product for treating sore knees, ankles and other body parts. 

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Pros & Cons

    Pros

  • Works well and serves its function
  • Nice and big bottle
  • Does not leak
  • Works well as bed warmer
  • Retains heat very well
  • Great product for price
  • Inexpensive

    Cons

  • Has strong rubber smell
  • Looks cheap and low quality
Review Summary

Mabis Dmi Healthcare Rubber Water Bottle is a large 2 quart capacity bottle with ribbed surface that helps retain warm or cold temperatures. It is made from durable, natural rubber latex. This simple to use bottle works well for body pain relief and as bed warmer. Just fill in hot water, close the cap tight and use it anywhere you like it. It does not leak and retains heat very well.

Many users complain about the strong rubber smell this bottle emits when filled with hot water. The smell fades away after some time and also many users are not bothered by the smell at all and find it nostalgic.

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Pros & Cons

    Pros

  • Extremely comfortable weight, shape, and feel
  • Adjustable strap makes it comfortable and stay in place
  • Easily transforms from a heat-to-cool product
  • Retains cold for about 15-20 minutes during use
  • Heats well in microwave and stays warm for long time
  • Easy directions for care
  • Easy to use and not messy

    Cons

  • As per some users, it does not retain heat/cold for long time
Review Summary

Elasto Gel Hot Cold Sinus Mask is perfect for those suffering from sinus pain. It fits most people and can also be used as a sleeping mask whether cool or warm, to block-out light. Users find this mask extremely comfortable and soothing. It has adjustable straps to keep it in place. If used for cold therapy, the mask can help with healing bruises or eye surgeries to reduce swelling and numb pain. The wrap will stay cold for 20-40 minutes, giving ample time for cold therapy. Heat therapy can aid in relieving sinus pressure, decreasing congestion and alleviating headaches by increasing circulation and relaxing muscles.

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Pros & Cons

    Pros

  • Works well as cold or hot pack
  • Retains and transfers heat or cold very well
  • Remains flexible when cold and does not freeze like ice
  • Outside material is soft and comfortable
  • Comes in many shapes and sizes
  • Works well for shoulders and knees and various spots on the body
  • Good product for the price

    Cons

  • The product picture on package is very misleading
Review Summary

CorPak Soft Comfort Frost-Free Hot/Cold Packs are the perfect solution to help relieve strains, sprains, headaches and other soft tissue injuries. These versatile packs can be cooled in the freezer for acute care to help control swelling and blood flow, or warmed in the microwave to aid muscle relaxation, encouraging increased blood flow to promote healing. These packs are soft from outside and gentle on skin therefore do not need to be wrapped in a towel. Soft Comfort CorPaks have more fill than traditional packs to retain cold and heat longer. These packs remain flexible even when they are cold and frozen. They are easy to clean.

Some users complain about the picture of the product on the package, since it shows all the sizes even though there is just one single piece in the package.

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