Jim Wallace Pharmacy stocks a large range of packs for Hot and Cold Therapy. We keep the traditional Gel based hot and cold packs in various shapes and sizes. Durasoft ice packs are a long acting option we also have which can provide cold therapy for up to 2 hours. Most of our regular packs come with a sleeve as standard to prevent the heat or cold from damaging the skin and some even have a velcro strap to hold them on the affected limb. We also have an extensive selection of Therapacks®
Therapacks® are Australian-made heat and cold packs, registered with the Therapeutic Goods Administration. Therapacks® have been developed by healthcare professionals and are the result of years of practical experience. We ensure they are as allergy-friendly as can be. Australia has one of the highest levels of allergy-related diseases like asthma, so ‘all-natural product’ is the focus of our design.
Therapacks® are easy to use, comfortable to wear and are available in a range of designs to suit most parts of the body while minimising any reduction in mobility. They work by subtly moulding to the contours of the body. Where helpful, our packs are fitted with secure Velcro straps.
Therapacks® contain natural Australian lupin seeds – chosen for their remarkable heat-retaining qualities. Lupin seeds are odourless, pest-resistant, allergy friendly and, unlike hot water bottles or gels, safe in the event of spills.
Therapacks® are made from 100% cotton and are hand-washable.
Therapacks® can be used to aid relaxation or encourage sleep.
Therapacks® can be heated in either an oven or a microwave, or chilled in a freezer. They can be effective against:
Inflammation and Swelling
Headache or Migraine
Even though we are primarily a pharmacy, we realize that drug treatment is not always the safest or most effective choice. Where there is a better option, we prefer to recommend it. Use of non-pharmacological Hot and Cold Therapy alternatives like Therapacks® in place of painkillers can reduce the potential risk of adverse side-effects. We are concerned about polypharmacy – the simultaneous use of many medications – particularly common among our older population. Statistics show that the risk of experiencing an adverse drug event increases with the number of medications taken together; 6% if two medications are taken, 50% if five medications are taken and 100% if eight or more medications are co-administered.
Benefits of Heat
Heat helps to ease muscular tension and cramps by increasing the blood flow to the injured area. The flow of blood will bring oxygen and nutrients which facilitate the healing process. Hot packs can be used for psychological comfort, pain relief and healing.
Benefits of Cold
Cold helps to ease pain by slowing the chemical reactions that send pain impulses to the brain. Cold also helps to decrease swelling and haemorrhaging by constricting the blood vessels that supply the injured area. Cold packs can be used to reduce soreness, bruising and swelling. They can ease minor burns.