Today’s cold packs are nothing like those leaky, floppy ones you got from the school nurse. Most are made with gel or clay, and feature enhanced moldability and long-lasting relief. Here are some factors to consider before you buy.
The last thing you want to see when applying a cold pack is that tell-tale goop leaking from the sides. To avoid this, look for double reinforced edges and strong materials like polyurethane.
A cold pack that comes out of the freezer stiff as a board isn’t going to help soothe sore muscles and joints. That’s why you want to find one that’s moldable and pliable without having to wait for it to thaw. A product that encases the gel in separate channels allows for greater flexibility over products that simply turn into a block of ice in the freezer.
Clay ice packs are the latest innovation in the world of hot and cold therapy. Naturally pliable, clay makes the perfect medium for conforming to whatever body part needs relief. And it stays colder much longer than gel or water, allowing for more time between replacements.