Saturday 19th of September 2020
Reviews

Cryochaps

The Blurb

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 or a 13hh to 14.3hh pony, 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.

 

The Review

by Jodie Seddon              

It’s a common obsession from March to October, how to use ice most effectively to keep those tendons, ligaments and supporting structures cool after strenuous work. Everyone has a different solution, from ice packs under XC boots to wine bottle cool packs and everything in between… but this summer, there may be a new market leader in the cool gang!

Cryochaps are the brain child of Tricia Palmer Lewis, who has a proper job and an incident prone 4 legged friend. When she could not find a way to ice all the soft tissue structures in a limb, she decided to solve the problem herself! Helpfully she then decided to commercialise her invention, which won a “Best New Product” award at BETA 2017. 

Cryochaps are flexible frozen ice boots, with a shape designed to cover from high suspensory to under the fetlock.  After the iced part wraps around the limb, it is followed by a neoprene cover to compress and keep the boot on safely, so the horse can keep walking off.  They stay cold for up to 2 hours from the freezer, longer if well packed in cool boxes etc. Wipe clean, refreeze and re use… it’s that simple. I’ve been using them regularly on a slightly fragile character, who dislikes anything loose dangling around her legs – they’ve delivered exactly as Tricia promised, secure cold compressed legs.

Cryochaps from £45 – £162

Value for Money: Value for Money
Ease of Use: Value for Money
Effectiveness: Value for Money
Would Recommend: Value for Money

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