Cryochaps Ice Wraps - Pair
Cryochaps Ice Wraps - Pair
CRYOCHAPS have been designed not only to help in the rehabilitation after injury and return to exercise, but more importantly, be part of an everyday cool-down routine to focus on recovery & injury prevention.
CRYOCHAPS have been developed to mimic ice bath or cold water immersion which has become part of many athlete’s recovery phase. The general theory behind this cold therapy is that the cold exposure helps to combat the micro trauma (small tears) in tissues & resultant soreness caused by intense or repetitive exercise.
The cold therapy constricts blood vessels, flushes waste products & reduces swelling & tissue breakdown. Subsequently, as the tissue warms & the increased blood flow speeds circulation, the healing process is jump-started. CRYOCHAPS provide cold therapy & essential compression to be proactive against injury, or, to help the healing process after injury.
CRYOCHAPS were designed to meet the following criteria;
Ease of application, wraps to fit hind or front legs for a 15hh to 17hh horse, a secure fit, compression, reusability, easy clean, lay flat in freezer & quick freezing but most of all, coverage of all tendon & ligament structures in the leg, whilst still maintaining the ability for the horse to move.
They are made in two parts, the ice gel & the material section. Smooth material is part of the ice gel boot, it will not freeze to the leg & is simple to wash off to keep clean. The gel is quick to cool & maintains low temperatures.
Stretch Neoprene makes up the material boot which provides not only a secure fit but compression, essential in recovery.
How to use -
CRYOCHAPS can be placed flat in a standard freezer (-18° Celsius) overnight, to receive the optimum cooling effect. The gel should not be rock hard when taken out of the freezer but still with a slight give when pressed. If they are completely stiff before application it will be harder to mould to the leg, allow to soften before application . Alternatively place in freezer for approx. 4 hours before immediate use. If you have no freezer at your yard or you are travelling a competition, tests have shown that if you roll the Cryochaps, black material to the outside, place in freezer overnight and then place in an insulating cooler bag with ice blocks, then Cryochaps will still achieve effective cooling after up to 2 hours in the cooler bag.
Using Post Exercise, apply to the leg for 10-15 mins. Temperatures are maintained below 10 degrees for this time period. If your horses’s leg is not cool to the touch when you take Cryochaps off, they were not frozen adequately before application.
Within the first 24-48 hours after injury, apply for up to 20mins, temperatures against the leg will be maintained below 10°. Application can be repeated every 2-3 hours, ensure you take advice from your vet before using after injury. CRYOCHAPS should not be used on open wounds or if suspected infection. If your horse has sensitive legs, or clipped legs, it is advised to cover. CRYOCHAPS should not be left on the leg longer than 20 mins, there is no medical benefit to be gained by leaving them on for longer. You run the risk of damaging the skin.