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Whether it’s warming up or treating pain our Hot & Cold Therapy products offer you practical solutions to help injuries.
We have selected the most effective, simple to use and convenient products to manage pain relief wherever you are.
A complete range of essentials for teams, clinics and individuals. Select from Ice Packs, Gels, Sprays, Wraps or Compression Garments.
We know space can be limited when in the field, our “on-the-go” products are designed so you can easily pack all you need.
The following information is not meant to be in any way prescriptive and is merely content that has been compiled to help you make an informed decision about which product could suit you. Please remember to contact your physician or sports health professional for proper, qualified guidance.
Heat therapy is classified into whole-body, regional, and local treatments. Local heat therapy is when a small area such as a muscle group is probed with a sterile heat therapy device or by using products such as Deep Heat and Physique Sports Balm. Regional therapy refers to when a whole limb or area of the body is treated and whole-body heat therapy is an all-encompassing treatment that involves warm blankets or heated wax.
Heat therapy poses many benefits such as pain relief and general health but be careful not to overdo it because the skin is an organ too and high temperatures could damage skin quite badly. Try to keep treatments to 20 minutes for each local heat therapy treatment, avoid infections as bacteria thrives in warm temperatures and stop the treatment immediately following any signs of swelling or inflammation.
The aim of cold therapy is to provide pain relief by cutting off or constricting blood flow which involves controlling the blood vessels and reducing circulation. One of the main differences between heat and cold therapy is that heat therapy cannot be used for inflammation whereas cold relief is effective for inflammation as well as pain relief, this means conditions such as Arthritis would benefit from cold therapy more. Cold therapy can also be used on acute injuries such as ankle sprains and strains.
As is the case with heat therapy, try to keep any cold therapy treatments to 20 minutes maximum. Cold therapy also has a higher chance of damaging your skin because you might not register nerve signals as effectively as you would with heat therapy. Try to avoid overdoing any treatments in order to protect the skin tissue as much as possible - if you are using hot and cold therapy in conjunction with each other, start with cold (for up to 20 mins) and then alternative accordingly so you can control blood flow to the affected area and remember to finish with cold therapy followed up by a lot of moisturising if you have sensitive skin because the blood vessels in the skin will do a lot of expanding and contracting so it will either be slightly irritated or dry.
Compression recovery boots such as Normatec are an amazing and innovative approach to recovery and they work exactly how you’d expect them to, with compression. The sleeves fit directly onto your legs or arms and they squeeze your legs which improve circulation and enhance lymphatic drainage. Recovery boots pose other benefits such as increasing flexibility and range of motion of certain joints. This is all effective for pain relief and faster muscle recovery which means you can train, workout or play sports more frequently and with much higher intensity without feeling the usual effects associated with recovering.
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