3 Ways To Use An All-Purpose Gel Pack For Relief Of Pain, Discomfort and Treating Minor Injuries
Have you ever thought about the many great benefits of using the small, blue all-purpose gel pack for the relief of pain and discomfort, and for treating minor injuries? Do you know that it can be applied in three easy and useful ways with different, positive results? Many of us experience some kind of muscle pain or discomfort on a regular basis. Some people suffer minor injuries and others develop scar tissue after a surgical procedure, wound injury, or from the healing process after suffering a burn. Unfortunately, too many people are automatically reaching for the bottle containing the small, white pain-relief tablets as a fast and convenient solution before even thinking about an alternative pain-relief remedy. I have come to realise that the all-purpose gel pack is of great use to ease minor discomforts before, during and after a treatment session, and also for after-care and self-help. It is an inexpensive, convenient and healthy product to have at home and whilst travelling. I want to share with you the three different ways in which I use the gel pack for my clients, family and friends.
1 | Cold – For Minor Aches and Pains
- Put the gel pack in the refrigerator for two or more hours; the gel pack will reach around five degrees Celsius.
- Clean the desired area and apply the cold gel pack.
The cold gel will help to reduce any inflammation, and ease tension in the muscles and underlying structure, with the benefit of healing faster, for shorter, easier and better recovery. An easy and convenient pain-relief solution to be used before and after treatment, or as a home-remedy when experiencing muscle tension from your daily activities.
2 | Frozen – For Acute Injuries
- Put the gel pack in the freezer for two or more hours.
- Clean and bind up the wound first.
- Apply the covered pack to the affected area for 10 to 20 minutes. Remove if it becomes uncomfortable.
The ice pack decreases surface temperature of the affected area and causes vein shrinkage, which spreads to adjacent areas helping to control swelling, reduce pain and relax tension. Benefits include not only faster and better recovery but also easier mobility and flexibility. By always having a frozen gel pack ready at home, you have an excellent first aid application in case of sudden swelling, muscle sprain or strain caused by a minor injury.
3 | Hot/Warm Use – For Scar Tissue
- Soak the gel pack in hot water for about five minutes.
- Wipe and clean the skin. Check the temperature with the back of your hand before use.
- Cover the pack with a cotton towel and apply to scar tissue. Remove if it becomes uncomfortable.
The hot/warm pack increases skin temperature and causes vein dilation. The increased blood flow helps to relieve and soften the scar tissue. I then apply a thin layer of Bio Oil twice daily on the softened tissue; benefits include the improved appearance of scars and uneven skin tone. So, the next time you go shopping, it might be a good idea to prepare for the day when you are in need of a simple solution for pain-relief. Choose the healthy option and buy an all-purpose gel pack!
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