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Dr. Cool Recovery On-The-Go {review}

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I discovered Dr. Cool Recovery On-The-Go wraps when I was having really bad knee problems, looking for a solution that didn’t involve me trying to wrap bags of ice onto myself (you can imagine how cute that was.) Dr. Cool are wraps that you can use frozen or unfrozen for extra support during a workout (or workday, if you have work-related pain.) This video gives a quick introduction:

The wraps only take 20 minutes to freeze, so when I received mine in the mail I tested it immediately, wrapping up my knee and elevating it while I watched USA hockey dominate Russia in the Olympics. Two benefits stuck out to me right away: since the ice was wrapped around and velcroed to me, I could just get up and do whatever I wanted without the production of shifting around ice bags, and the second was that with the wrap, you don’t have to use towels to protect skin from ice burn.

dr. coolAfter trying it on my knee, I also wrapped up my wrist and it was incredible. It’s so hard to ice my tendinitis because I’m not talented enough to balance an ice bag on my wrist, and my Dr. Cool wrap has alleviated so much pain. I use it two or three times a week at work now on my wrist, and as needed post-BodyPUMP on my knee. Like my also-loved KT Tape, the Dr. Cool website offers videos that demonstrate application for common injuries.

I absolutely recommend Dr. Cool to anyone who is stubborn like me and refuses to let pain stop me from a workout. The compression and ice wrap makes it possible to stay active, whether it’s lifting at the gym or going out hiking. They even sell a “Dr. Cooler” which is essentially a cooler to keep the wrap cool if you aren’t going to use it right away. (I’m going to try this out at Nike half and check it in my bag!) More info on the wrap:

Wrap what aches in a Dr. Cool Recovery-On-The-Go Wrap. Dr. Cool is the ONLY product to combine ice and compression in one flexible wrap. Dr. Cool wraps can be used dry as a compression wrap to support and protect various body parts during activities, or frozen to combine cold and compression to reduce swelling and speed recovery mid or post-activity. To use Dr. Cool wraps as a cold compress, simply wet the wrap then roll and freeze it; Coolcore’s patented material will keep the fabric colder, longer.

Be on the lookout for a giveaway featuring Dr. Cool (and many other cool products) soon!

How do you treat injuries, aches and pains?

I was provided a sample for review, but as always, all opinions are my own. But seriously – this is possibly the most life-changing product I have gotten to try! 

March 21, 2014

February Favorites

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It has been awhile since I have done a favorites post, so I thought I would churn a quick one out in case anyone is looking for some new products to try! (And this time I promise I won’t include the Palm Beach Cooler candle… if only because it’s not available anymore.)

fitleticbeltFitletic running belt – I have run my last three races (one 5k and two half-marathons) with this belt, and I’m crazy about it. The zipper pouch is the perfect size for my preferred fuel (PowerBar Energy Chews) and it will also hold my inhaler. The version I have is the single pouch with race number holder, and I have really liked not having to worry about hunting down safety pins on race day or centering my bib on my shirt.

beenchantedBath & Body Works Be Enchanted body lotion – Knowing my relationship with BBW and their scents, this will get retired soon. But in the meantime, I’m loving it. It’s sweeter than I normally use (I tend to go for the hotter, sexier, muskier scents) and normally prefer body cream vs. lotion, but they revamped their lotion formula and it’s thicker than it used to be for super hydration.

Bell’s Smitten – As everyone knows, I live for anything Michigan – especially beer. Bell’s is my favorite brewery, and I’m lucky to at least live in a state where they carry lots of their beer. When I showed up to catsit last week, I found a six-pack of their new spring seasonal and OH EM GEE it is phenomenal. I will not be found far from a bottle of this American Pale Ale until Oberon day. (February means it’s the countdown to summer beers!) Plus, I love the graphic design for this brew – the turquoise and yellow are a great combination with the flower to signal that spring is (maybe? finally?) coming.

drcoolwrapDr. Cool Wrap – I’m going to do a full review and giveaway of these next month, but after using mine this weekend, it has to make the list for a quick review. If you’ve been following along at home, you know I was diagnosed with tendinitis in September 2012, right before I moved for a graphic design job. Since then, I’ve been fighting the pain off and on using KT Tape, ibuprofen, and wrist braces. The Dr. Cool wrap is like many other support braces, except that you can use it dry or freeze it for extra relief. It’s been a game changer for me already after testing it on both my wrist and my knee.

What new discoveries have you found lately?

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Disclosure: I received some of these products as samples to review, but all opinions are my own!

February 19, 2014

KT Tape, I love you

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I’ve briefly addressed my tendonitis before, but haven’t talked too much about it. I have had carpal tunnel for years (diagnosed at age 16,) and the week before I made this big cross-country move, there was a new pain in my wrist. After first trying to shake it off and ignore it, I finally went to the ER the night before the 13 hour drive… and came out in a half cast with a tendonitis diagnosis. Originally I thought it was something that would heal up and pass on its own, but here I sit months later and it still persists.

august 2012

august 2012

About a month ago, the pain was so bad again (despite wearing a brace every day for at least 10 hours, sometimes even sleeping with it) that I was in tears by the end of almost every work day. Everything made it hurt – driving, typing, even running sometimes. I had heard about this KT Tape stuff from the Olympics and through some fitness blogs I read and even went so far as to watching some of the application videos, but the one for wrist pain didn’t look like something I could do myself. I was also dubious – how did this colorful tape work? Would it be worth spending $15-$20 on just to try? Is it only for athletic injuries or would it help with my tendonitis pain? Finally, on vacation with my family and sick of the bulky brace that didn’t help the pain, I impulsive bought a roll of the classic pink and my cousin wrapped me up.

If you’re a Grey’s Anatomy fan, maybe you remember the scene where Erica Hahn tells Callie that kissing her felt like “putting on glasses.” (Stay with me.) Almost immediately, the KT Tape was like putting on glasses – the pain I had been suffering with was gone. I wanted to cry because I couldn’t remember what it felt like to not be in pain. I have since used it on my foot injury, the IT band pain in my hip, and taped both of my knees for the races last weekend. I still don’t understand how it works, but I’m totally obsessed with it, even if it is pricey.

KT tape

My tips for use:

  • First spray the area you’re taping with hairspray. I hold the can about a foot from my skin to get a light covering and let it dry until it’s tacky. It helps the adhesion. (If it does come loose, I spray hairspray on the skin again, retrack, and use a hairdryer.) I can get at least 7 days of good hold from a roll of pro this way.
  • Splurge on the pro tape. It really does make a huge difference and it lasts longer.
  • Watch the videos and ask questions! Their social media team is super responsive and they have a PT who will answer more specific questions if there’s not an app for your injury, and their website also has an “ask the experts” forum.
  • If your injury is something like your wrist, phone a friend for help first. I can do it myself now, but it took some practice and an extra hand to master the art.

Have you ever used KT Tape? What sort of injuries do you use it for?

May 7, 2013

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