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paleo ice pack!?

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Created September 19, 2011 at 2:38 PM

So I know this sounds stupid but bear with me.

2 years ago I was in a car accident where I sustained thoracic injuries. Two years later I'm better (good enough to crossfit etc.) but I just really have a series of good days and bad days.

I realized recently that my lack of icing might be effecting the number of bad days I have. Problem is: stereotypical ice packs are too rigid, those soft gel ice packs always break on me, I hate using frozen veggies because the freeze thaw make thems in-edible, and meat is too rigid as well.

Have any of you made your own reuseable ice packs? What did you use?

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on September 20, 2011
at 10:39 PM

Three words. You. Are. Awesome. My smart-assery can't hold a candle to your paleo ice packing epicness :)

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on September 20, 2011
at 09:09 PM

I tossed the rice bag in the freezer for about two hours. It stayed cool for a good 20-25 minutes before I got bored of the experiment and tossed it back in the freezer. I did need to adjust it around a little from time to time, as the parts against the skin warmed up faster than the rest of it. This doesn't make a super-cold pack - more of a cool pack. You can leave it on your skin with nothing in between with no danger of skin damage. But for some purposes, an actual ice pack might be better. Using soaked rice might make it colder.

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on September 20, 2011
at 07:43 PM

I was wondering that too, so I tossed a bag in the freezer to check. However, I googled before posting, and other people suggest it, so I think it must be at least moderately effective.

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on September 20, 2011
at 07:35 PM

I was wondering about rice. How is it at holding the cold temps in?

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on September 20, 2011
at 07:30 PM

I did it early regarding parents and kids food choices on this site.... no apologies necessary and it's what I did in the past big getting a steak to go between my spine and shoulder blade hurts. I usually use hunks of meat for my other injuries to less delicate area :-) <3 ya and your smart-assery FED

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on September 20, 2011
at 07:25 PM

Erin, I did read your original post and I apologize for being a smart ass. Sometimes I don't take things as seriously as I should.

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on September 20, 2011
at 06:03 PM

I've used something similar for lumbar; seems fine. But if you want to get fancy, you can put something under the center in the freezer and it might freeze with a curve to it!

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on September 20, 2011
at 03:13 PM

I always crave spinach after a good ice so it works out.

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on September 20, 2011
at 02:47 PM

Read the original post please? "stereotypical ice packs are too rigid, ... and meat is too rigid as well. I'm trying to a) find something reusable and be something that will malleable around should blade and nech

8e1876a74536739ecf7bef97d5d97b76

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on September 20, 2011
at 02:45 PM

won't that be tooo rigid for my thoracic area?

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on September 20, 2011
at 12:09 AM

Frozen pigs feet jokes aside, I actually use something similar and have used, re-used, heated, frozen, and otherwise abused it many times and have had no problems.

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on September 19, 2011
at 04:49 PM

Nice. You must have been answering about the same time I was.

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on September 19, 2011
at 03:02 PM

ice cubes in plastic bags work well. i bash them up and they flex pretty good. pour water out when done, air dry the bags. i also get the cheapest bags of peas and corn and use those, but reuse. the ones i have in my freezer are on about year 2. i have used bottles of water frozen and rolled gently on them if a muscle if giving me trouble.

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(19479)

on September 19, 2011
at 08:03 PM

I'm surprised that in a thread called "Paleo Ice Pack" no one has suggested the obvious...

MEAT! Just defrost them on your bad back, sore knee, or bum leg and no only will you have relief from pain and inflammation, you'll be halfway to dinner!

paleo-ice-pack!?

Beef Steak low back pack!

paleo-ice-pack!?

Fish fillets foot freezer!

paleo-ice-pack!?

Pigs feet for neck relief!

Medium avatar

(19479)

on September 20, 2011
at 07:25 PM

Erin, I did read your original post and I apologize for being a smart ass. Sometimes I don't take things as seriously as I should.

8e1876a74536739ecf7bef97d5d97b76

(747)

on September 20, 2011
at 02:47 PM

Read the original post please? "stereotypical ice packs are too rigid, ... and meat is too rigid as well. I'm trying to a) find something reusable and be something that will malleable around should blade and nech

8e1876a74536739ecf7bef97d5d97b76

(747)

on September 20, 2011
at 07:30 PM

I did it early regarding parents and kids food choices on this site.... no apologies necessary and it's what I did in the past big getting a steak to go between my spine and shoulder blade hurts. I usually use hunks of meat for my other injuries to less delicate area :-) <3 ya and your smart-assery FED

Medium avatar

(19479)

on September 20, 2011
at 10:39 PM

Three words. You. Are. Awesome. My smart-assery can't hold a candle to your paleo ice packing epicness :)

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on September 20, 2011
at 12:47 AM

On the advice of an ER doctor I know, I recently got one of these old-timey ice bags:

paleo-ice-pack!?

I like it quite a bit better than the gel packs (not cold enough), ziplocs (leak and waste bags), or frozen spinach (ruins spinach unless you are constantly eating spinach after icing).

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on September 20, 2011
at 03:13 PM

I always crave spinach after a good ice so it works out.

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on September 19, 2011
at 07:01 PM

For a more sturdy solution, I'd pick up a cheap rubber hot water bottle at a drug store, underfill it, then throw in the freezer. You need to underfill since water expands when it freezes.

7dc950fc76a046048e683d2a27dced37

on September 20, 2011
at 06:03 PM

I've used something similar for lumbar; seems fine. But if you want to get fancy, you can put something under the center in the freezer and it might freeze with a curve to it!

8e1876a74536739ecf7bef97d5d97b76

(747)

on September 20, 2011
at 02:45 PM

won't that be tooo rigid for my thoracic area?

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A31b063c5866c08aa9968a8f2f1e9949

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on September 19, 2011
at 02:56 PM

Rubbing alcohol mixed with water in a ziploc bag makes a nice gel pack... great for icing the feet. It does run the risk of breaking though. I've thought about food saving a mixture of this, but never bothered. A little food coloring makes it pretty. :) It's been a long time since I made it, but I think I did 3 parts water to one part alcohol. The more water, the stiffer the ice will be.

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on September 20, 2011
at 12:04 AM

I've been using the same blue gel packs for years, hot and cold, they never break... so maybe there's a better quality one out there for you. Otherwise I'm big on good old ice cubes in a heavy duty reusable ziploc bag... also like the method where you freeze water inside a paper cup and you can peel back part of the paper and ice-massage your kneecap or elbow with the exposed end of the ice.

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(19479)

on September 20, 2011
at 12:09 AM

Frozen pigs feet jokes aside, I actually use something similar and have used, re-used, heated, frozen, and otherwise abused it many times and have had no problems.

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on November 11, 2011
at 04:36 PM

I think using any kind of food product on your injury is ridiculous when there are good reusable ice packs out there! I use Paradice Ice packs because they aren't gel and the have a fabric outside which is much nicer on the skin then plastic. And they don't lose their cold as fast, or melt all over you. They conform well and really the best part is that they come in a cuff and stay put. I don't have to tape something down or sit perfectly still for a gel pack to stay on my injury. Well this works for me anyway since my knee is the issue but they also come in flat packs so if that's what youre looking for they would probably be good for you.

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306aa57660d911781231f8090c2a5619

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on September 20, 2011
at 06:48 PM

Frozen rice.

Ok, I guess that's not a particularly paleo solution, but it's cheap, shapes to fit the body part, doesn't melt and make a mess, and you don't have to worry about refreezing it or wasting food since you're not eating it anyways. Though I'm not sure that the food value of a sealed bag of dry rice would be negatively effected by repeat freezing and thawing since the moisture content is so low to begin with.

You can also heat it for a hot pack.

8e1876a74536739ecf7bef97d5d97b76

(747)

on September 20, 2011
at 07:35 PM

I was wondering about rice. How is it at holding the cold temps in?

306aa57660d911781231f8090c2a5619

(3808)

on September 20, 2011
at 07:43 PM

I was wondering that too, so I tossed a bag in the freezer to check. However, I googled before posting, and other people suggest it, so I think it must be at least moderately effective.

306aa57660d911781231f8090c2a5619

(3808)

on September 20, 2011
at 09:09 PM

I tossed the rice bag in the freezer for about two hours. It stayed cool for a good 20-25 minutes before I got bored of the experiment and tossed it back in the freezer. I did need to adjust it around a little from time to time, as the parts against the skin warmed up faster than the rest of it. This doesn't make a super-cold pack - more of a cool pack. You can leave it on your skin with nothing in between with no danger of skin damage. But for some purposes, an actual ice pack might be better. Using soaked rice might make it colder.

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on September 20, 2011
at 03:39 AM

I've used old frozen gel packs used by US Wellness or other places that ship pastured meat using gel packs.

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on September 20, 2011
at 01:00 AM

Dish washing liquid freezes to a thick gel-like consistency. You could put it in a vacuum sealer bag designed for food, as those are much more durable, or even double bag it.

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on September 19, 2011
at 07:37 PM

In college sports they do ice in a plastic bag (like people have suggested above). They flatten it out and squeeze out the air then seal it. Then they use plastic wrap to attack it to your body so you don't have to hold it there. The plastic wrap is great because you can keep doing whatever and still be icing.

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on September 19, 2011
at 03:05 PM

You can try heavy duty zip-lock type bags (Double Bagged) and use water and rubbing alcohol. You may have to experiment with different ratios of water to alcohol to find one that works for you.

I used to use this method when I was younger and Icing after sporting events all the time. It works well and is cheap/reusable.

A31b063c5866c08aa9968a8f2f1e9949

(1721)

on September 19, 2011
at 04:49 PM

Nice. You must have been answering about the same time I was.

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