Remember the ice pack?
It was a round fabric bag about the size of an overstuffed cheeseburger, with a screw-on cap. Our well-meaning mom would fill it with ice cubes, and we’d clasp it to forehead for a headache or a bruise freshly acquired from the latest bike crash. Generally, it imparted at least as much pain from the wet, hard, frozen lumps inside as it did relief from whatever pain it was supposed to be addressing.
Remember the hot water bottle?
These were usually made of rubber for flexibility, although zinc, copper and glass were not unheard of, incredibly. The rubber ones had a an entertaining quirk in that they were sometimes subject to polymer degradation, so they could fracture without warning after being filled with scalding hot water.
The good ol’ days? Yes, exactly as good as groping around in the back of the TV, trying to figure out which vacuum tube out of the twenty-some in residence back there was the latest failure. Or hoofing three miles to a pay phone on a frigid winter night after your carburetor had succumbed to organ failure.
Modern science has replaced the ice pack and hot water bottle of the twentieth century with a product that’s vastly more comfortable, safer, and replaces both the hot and cold appliances at once: the hot/coldtherapy wrap. Ours are filled with whole buckwheat seeds and are available as neck pillows, large body wraps, or compact wraps that resemble, in profile, those old hot water bottles. ( Just for retro effect.)
But there’s no retro in the performance of our hot/cold therapy wraps. They cool in the freezer or warm in the microwave.
And of course, these wraps adapt endlessly to all kinds of situations. Spend a little too much time in the yard and now your muscles are sore and achy? Pull your Bucky Body Wrap out of the freezer and put on the affected area for about 20 minutes at a time - 4 to 8 times a day. In general, the rule is to apply cold at the onset of a new ache to reduce inflammation, and later heat to increase blood flow to the afflicted area to promote healing and comfort.
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