Tuesday, February 10, 2015

It's Just What I wanted

Happy Monday friends! I hope you all had a fabulous weekend.   Previously during a Peek in our Week I mentioned that I found a really great ice pack.  I wanted to tell you a little bit about this ice pack (because it's so fabulous)!

When I would ice my legs, I would often use the large ice packs that we would keep in our freezer. I'm sure they were probably suppose to be ice packs for putting in coolers and keeping stuff cold, but  I didn't really think that much about them. I would just pull them out when I needed ice.  They would start off being a frozen block and it was really hard to wrap it around my leg in the places I wanted it until it thawed out about 35 minutes later!   

I also had some really great round ice packs ( about the size of your cheek), that were from the Oral Surgeon that worked great on the sides of my knees. The problem here was that I had to hold the ice pack in place the entire time.

Since I was icing more often, I realized that I needed to find a solution ASAP. I decided that I would get one of the Dr. Cool Wraps, which is an ice pack that wraps nicely around which ever area you want. Even though Dr. Cool Wrap was having a sale, I didn't have time to order it off the website. I saw online that Dick's Sporting Goods had the Dr. Cool Wrap online as well so I thought maybe I could pick one up at my local Dick's Sporting Goods. Turns out, they didn't sell them in the store.
knee pain

I had a coupon for CVS (our local drug store), so I thought I would look there. Turns out, they have a ton of different ice wraps.  The main things I was looking for was 1) Did it have an ice pack that would conform to my leg and 2) did it have some way of securing it to my leg  (like Velcro).

They had some compression sleeves in which the ice packs would slide in and out of the sleeve, but the ice pack that went with it looked a lot like the ice pack I already had at home. The packaging said it would conform to the body, but I wasn't sure if it would be as flexible as I wanted it to be.

I then found the Peas hot or cold therapy pack.  This is like a gel pack. It can be frozen or microwaved ( I haven't used it in the microwave yet).  They come in many different styles, but I chose the one that goes around the knee.  This looks like a donut, and of course you are suppose to put it around your knee cap, but since that is not really where my pain is I decided to use it differently. I tightly velcroed it to the side of my knee. Now I can finally ice the side and the back of my knee at the same time and the best part is, I don't have to hold it!

I learned a little tip from my friend Lois who use to work in Sports Medicine, only ice for 15 minutes at a time. I did not know this and I would just keep the ice or ice pack on my leg until it melted. Now I ice one leg for 15 minutes and the Peas ice pack is still frozen enough that I can then transfer it over to the other knee and ice for another 15 minutes!

I am assuming that this Peas ice pack is actually the store brand (because it has CVS printed on it). It cost only $10.99 ( but I had a coupon so it cost me less).  If you are not familiar with CVS, you could probably pick up something similar at your own local drug store.   I'm really loving this little ice pack and hope I can pack it with me when I go to Disney next week!   -M

What kind of ice pack do you use?

38 comments:

  1. Glad you have found something that works for you! I have the Dr. Cool wrap and love it!

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  2. That looks like a an ice pack that really conforms to the body. I hardly ever use ice packs. I just get it all over with a quick ice bath haha.

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    1. I haven't been able to commit to ice baths yet!

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  3. My boyfriend just picked up one of those Peas packs yesterday! They're really nice hot too :)

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    1. I haven't tried it hot yet but I bet it is just as amazing!

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  4. I also have a Peas ice pack I bought on sale at CVS. Mine is just a flat one that I used when I had plantar fasciitis. I loved it so much better than a frozen water bottle or big ice block, and it really helped me too.

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    1. I was looking at that one too but I didn't see that it had a strap on it.

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  5. Glad you found something that works! I keep a couple of different types of ice packs in my freezer, and depending on which part of my body needs to be iced depends on which ice pack I use.

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    1. I'm hoping my knees are the only thing I have to ice for a while. I don't want to deal with another injury...lol

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  6. Cool that you found something that works well, and for a great price. That looks like it would work out pretty well on the body. Gotta love sales at CVS. Can score some great deals on things.

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  7. I have a couple of those "pea" ice packs and love them. Never tried microwaving them, though. Glad you found something that works so well for your knee - that's a hard area to ice.

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  8. What a great ice pack! I haven't seen anything like that over here before.

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    1. I've looked at a few other stores and only found them at CVS.

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  9. I NEED this... a few of these actually
    Funny note - on the picture on BlogLovin - I thought it was a decorated toilet seat :)

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  10. I love FrozenPeaz! Great for achy knees :)
    Karen @karenlovestorun

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  11. Looks like a great pack to have around the house.

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  12. Great review! I got one of these years ago at a baby shower as a prize, I know funny prize. It wasn't this brand, but it was the same water bead design.
    When I got it it didn't come with instructions so I just assumed it was for the knee to ice around the knee cap LOL But apparently it can be used in other places:) Sometimes I am not that quick with certain products!

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    1. oh goodness! That would have went right over my head too. I think runners have a one track mind at times!

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  13. This looks amazing and I definitely could have used this when I was marathon training. I'm sure I will need it again in the near future!

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    1. I wish I would have had this when I was marathon training! It's pretty god for marathon recovery too!

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  14. This looks and sounds like an amazing ice pack! Great review!

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  15. Ohhhh, love that! I use the icepacks that came with my 110% compression pants, they slide right in the calf sleeves or pants and I love them. This is a great review though and I'm intrigued by that for sure!

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  16. I use frozen Dixie cups so I can massage the ice into my knee, but that also means I have to keep buying Dixie cups.

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  17. that's awesome! i just use old ice packs i have in the freezer but that is super smart!

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  18. This looks awesome, I still use the ice pack I got when I had knee surgery but If I need a new one, I know where to look!

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  19. That is a good pack! I've had with velcor straps for years I love , it is nice not holding on to it for sure.

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