Did you know that best possible self-administered pain therapy among migraine and headache sufferers is trusty ice pack? These days, you can get new, wearable ice packs for migraine and headache therapy that allow you to stand, sleep and move hands-free. One of these can even change your life. So now you can be freezin’ for some reason, and in style that matches your personality and allows you get some relief in public.
Cold therapy works by easily extracting all excess heat from your affected area. These ice packs have a numbing effect, which may easily dull the sensation of piercing or throbbing pain. In a study in 2001 by University of California, San Diego Medical Center, 77 percent of people with migraine got some relief with ice therapy.
Even the Mayo Clinic and National Headache Foundation include ice packs and cold compresses among their recommendations to ease migraine symptoms.
So What Are The Qualities Of A Good Ice Pack For Migraine?
Well, it depends on the user and situation. Mostly, ice packs for migraine that contain water are not that flexible, as you cannot wrap them around your noggin. You can find some disposable chemical cold packs but they are useless as they lose their heat quickly.
Many gel-based ice packs easily conform around the neck and head, but don’t freeze and warm up too quickly.
If you experience frequent migraine attacks, it’s time to invest in a reliable ice pack for migraine and headache. Rotating ice packs will not work well, as continuous relief is your priority.
With the help of wearable ice packs, it’s easy to get up and get a glass of water or go to the bathroom without removing it. Wearable wraps and hats keep ice in place while you sit, carry something, walk or try to sleep. If your child’s head is large enough, this could be the right option for them, as its hands free. You can use many of these on other parts of your body as well.
Disposable Adhesive Patches
They come with cooling compound built in them. One size can fit everyone and you can use them on neck as well as forehead simultaneously if needed. They firmly stay in place and can be thrown away after single use. They are super thin and easy to disguise under a scarf or hat if you need to wear in public. They can be stored in a purse or backpack, so you can use it anywhere when an attack strikes.
Compression Cold Wrap
It’s a soft fabric that hugs the head with mild compression via Velcro closure. One size will fit all and it has a vinyl side for intense cold and a felt side if you want moderate cold. Gel can stay cold for up to an hour. It looks more like a sports headband with a beautiful logo, which makes it a best fit for men.
Migraine hat has a fabric that wraps around your head and is tipped down over the eyes. One size can fit all, and is adjustable with Velcro closure. Removable Cryo-Gel ice packs can stay cold for up to four hours. These removable ice packs can stay cold up to five hours. They come with replacement ice pack and packs are super easy to insert during a migraine attack. With an optional top flap, you can quickly wear it like an enclosed hat. It comes with a special satin case to protect it when you place it in freezer.
It is wearable and cold relief is delivered in a continuous feed that’s best for chronic migraine sufferers or those with Status Migrainosus.
It’s adjustable pads offer compression and its Velcro closure is helpful for neck and forehead application. The best thing about this device is that it never goes warm and uses a tiny motor to run hot or cold water at exact temperature specified by you through a special thermal pad to deliver you 24/7 relief. Though expensive, it offers you flexibility of heat therapy and multiple pads that can be sued for body and back pain. Best for home based therapy and can be stored in cupboard or on any nightstand.
If you feel you can’t tolerate anything on your head, but are still interested in some hands-free cold relief, then try a good Chill Pillow. It’s a nice alternative for kids with small heads who can’t wear compression hats or wraps. It also works well for all those who can’t sleep with anything on their heads.