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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Product Review: Dr Cool Recovery Wraps (GIVEAWAY!)

All my life, I have been an athlete.  Soccer, lacrosse, running, dancing...  And all that time, I have been putting lots of wear and tear on my body.  I suffer from chronic pain thanks to hundreds of tiny little injuries racked up over a lifetime of pushing myself physically.  I'm always on the lookout for new solutions to an old problem.


A couple weeks ago I heard about a company called Dr Cool, makers of a new twist on the old ACE bandage.  The Dr Cool recovery wraps have a special inner layer that absorbs and holds water, which you then freeze before applying the wrap to your affected area.  The outer layer is soft Velcro, so your wrap stays in place, applying both compression and ice simultaneously, while still being flexible and comfortable enough for you to go about your life while you treat your injuries.

It seemed like an excellent idea, so I grabbed a medium-sized wrap (intended for areas like the knee, elbow, or shoulder) and gave it a try!  So far I have worn my wrap three times, each time on my body's worst joint: my knees.  To provide thorough basis for comparison, I have always wrapped ONLY my right knee, though both right and left experience the same pain.


At first, I wasn't entirely sure I believed this wrap could freeze and still be flexible enough to actually wrap.  Boy was I wrong!  I kept it in the freezer for a little under a half hour, and had a good consistency of freeze going on while still being able to twist the wrap every which way.  I think the trick is to keep the wrap rolled when you're freezing it, but I haven't tested freezing it folded or all stretched out yet.

Despite years of sore knees, I'd never actually applied an ACE bandage myself, so it took some trial and error to figure out how best to apply the right amount of compression while retaining flexibility.  After a few attempts, though, I had myself all wrapped up!  It was verrrrrrrrry cold!  But it stayed in place, moved fluidly when I needed to move around, and didn't cut into my leg no matter how I bent.


After my first use, I already noticed a big difference.  My knee, which hasn't been pain-free in probably at least a decade, didn't feel a thing - and the first test was after last Sunday's race, which was extra rough on my body thanks to a woeful lack of training.  I was even able to tackle stairs without any pain!  It was a revelation.  I've used the wrap after classes a few times now too, with similar results.  I'll have to get a second wrap now so both knees can experience the same relief!  Having ice and compression wrapped (literally) into one easy package will make caring for my aches so much easier, and will help me nurse myself to better health - and better performance!

And, thanks to the generous people at Dr Cool, YOU can take better care of yourself, too!  I have not one but TWO wraps to give away to my wonderful readers!  As always, enter using the Rafflecopter below.  The winners will get to select their size and color preferences; you can check out this handy chart to help you decide:


a Rafflecopter giveaway

Be sure to also check out my Current Promotions page for additional discounts and updates on my latest giveaways!  Check back soon - there are many more awesome products to be won!

49 comments:

  1. I love my Dr. Cool Wraps! GREAT Giveaway!

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    1. I love them too! I was surprised how effective mine was!

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    1. You should! It's really handy to have around after a hard workout.

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  3. I'd love to try one for my knee! I'd choose a medium pink ;)

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  4. Wow this is super cool, seems like would be great for recovery!
    Pink or Purple and size Medium as well! Thanks :)

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    1. Yes they're awesome for gettin' fixed up!

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  5. Kewl and thanks FOR the review. I am hoping this will be something to help my hubs with his forearm and my knee.

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    1. You're welcome! Should definitely be good for the knee, I've never wrapped a forearm to know how effective that is though - if you win, test it and let me know!

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  6. This is cool! I would use the medium and blue or green!

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    1. So cool it's icy! Heh that was a lame joke...

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  7. I would get a small blue wrap for my plantar fasciitis issue

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    1. Eww plantar fasciitis is no fun :( Hope this helps!

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  8. I'd get a large blue one for my back! :]

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  9. Definitely pink, and in medium so it could fit on my knees. This is such a good idea!

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    1. It's brilliant, and I'm thrilled to see that it works. I was pretty skeptical when I first saw it, but I'm really glad I gave it a try!

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  10. I would probably want medium for knee or calf or lower back pain. Knock wood... feeling good now!

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  11. I love the pink or the blue, the large one for my lower back!

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  12. I may have to try this wrap! I just started having knee pain while running.

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    1. If you're only just starting to have knee pain, check with a physical therapist early - you might be able to make some adjustments and keep from seeing that pain get any worse. Good luck!

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  13. I'd get a blue one but don't know which size would be best for me....small for my wrist or large for my back/shoulders.

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    1. The way I see it - a larger one can always wrap around a few more times for a smaller area. It may be clunky, but it's better than nothing. You can't make a smaller wrap cover MORE area!

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  14. I would choose the medium size in purple.

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  15. These look awesome- I would love to give them a try to help with shin pain while I am half marathon training! I'd pick the pink, of course!

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    1. Great idea, strapping one to your shins. Good luck with the training, and excellent choice on the pink :D

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  16. What size and color would you choose?
    -4X50 -medium in orange

    Do you have an injury that could benefit from the Dr Cool technology?
    yes-after 2 knee surgeries (ACL and meniscus) the cool relief after a run is always necessary.

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  17. I would get medium in orange.

    I have had ACL /meniscus surgery in both knees and cool compression would be awesome after my runs and football games.

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    1. Oh goodness, yes! Take care of yourself! I hope recovery is going well/has gone well!

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  18. My knees suck after running and squatting. A pink medium one would rock.

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  19. I've been wanting one of these for a while now! The green in medium would be awesome!

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  20. I would medium in purple! Would match my compression socks!

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    1. Oooooh good call! Are you compression socks a fun pattern, too?

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  21. I'd like to win the pink one please :) I am not injured at the moment (knock on wood) but it looks like a cool thing to have around!

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    1. This will help you KEEP it that way! Good preventative care!

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  22. I would choose of 4" pink one. It would be great for tired knees after a run.
    Sadie B.

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    1. Yeah it's great for recovery even if you're not already injured. Take good care and hopefully you never will be!

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  23. I would choose the medium size for my knee since I have what's known as "runner's knee" and it's annoying to deal with post-workout.

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    1. Ouch yeah, the ice and compression will definitely make that a little easier to deal with!

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  24. I would choose size medium in blue.

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