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Allmi-Care Quool Patches pain releif £7.76
Quool is a natural menthol patch for relief from discomfort of muscle and joint problems.
Quool may be used for, and help, tired and aching muscles e.g. after gardening, for back problems, for temporary relief of rheumatic & other arthritic problems, or for minor sports injuries.
Quool Patch has a pleasant aroma and a slim, flexible, non-messy format suitable for wearing under clothing. It does not contain any medication or drug substances.
The gel layer contains 0.5% of natural l-menthol to provide the cooling effect. Quool Patches are easily trimmed and shaped for use on small joints, like fingers, and come in a resealable bag with no need for refrigeration.
Quool Patch has not been tested on animals.
How to use Quool.
Quool is easy to apply to most parts of the body including the back, neck, shoulder, elbow, wrist, knee, ankle and foot
Quool is for external use only. Before applying the patch, dry the affected area and wipe away any perspiration.
After taking the patch out of the sachet, remove the clear plastic
Slightly stretch the patch before applying the adhesive gel side to the skin at the site of the problem.
Also slightly bend joints such as knees or elbows before applying the patch to these areas.
Quool patches will adhere to most areas, especially when used under clothing. When the joint or muscle is exposed such as during sports activities, then a loose elasticated bandage can be used on joints, such as elbows or knees.
Alternatively on larger flat areas, such as shoulders or the back, then use some hyposensitive tape to provide additional adhesion.
When you first apply the Quool Patch it will feel cold. This is normal. The patch will probably feel cool for between 2-4 hours, although the soothing effect will last much longer.
After 10-12 hours we recommend that you replace with a fresh Quool Patch.
• Use Quool with caution on sensitive skin, or if you have any eczema or other skin problem. (We suggest you first cut out and try a small section of Quool Patch).
• Do not use if you have an allergy to menthol.
• Do not use on cuts or broken or infected skin.
• Do not use on children under 12 years of age.
• Keep Quool Patches out of reach of young children.
How To Apply Quool Patch to Different Parts of the Body
Knees & elbows:
1. Fold the patch in two and make a 2-3 cm perpendicular incision on each side.
Back of knees & elbows:
1. Fold the patch into two and make a 2-3 cm perpendicular incision on each side.
1. When using only one Quool Patch, stretch the patch horizontally across the painful area.
1. Make incisions in the Quool Patch before applying to the front of the ankle.
2. Alternatively, apply the Quool Patch to the affected area on the back of the ankle.
Hand & Wrists:
Make incisions to each of the long sides of the Quool Patch before removing the protective film, and applying the gel side to the back of the hand and wrist area.
Cooling treatment is usually recommended immediately after sports, and similar, injuries (such as twisted and sprained ankles). This treatment is often referred to as “RICE”, with the acronym being derived from Rest, Ice , Compression, & Elevation. (That is rest the affected area, immediately cool the area with ice, use a compression bandage to help reduce the swelling, and keep the injury elevated, also to help reduce swelling.)
Quool Patch can also be used after the immediate post trauma ice treatment and patches can be used for 2 – 3 days as a very convenient method of cooling the area. Unlike many other bulky methods of cooling injuries, Quool Patch can be worn under a compression bandage for the 2 – 3 days whilst the swelling and inflammation reduces. (a new Quool Patch should be applied every 12 hours.)
A slipped disc can also be referred to as a ruptured, herniated, bulging or a prolapsed disc; and it is an injury affecting the spine.
The spine consists of intervertebral joints, discs, ligaments, tendons, muscles and nerve roots. The adult spinal column comprises of 33 irregular bones (the vertebrae) and is divided into 5 regions, the cervical, thoracic, lumbar, sacral and coccygeal. Each vertebra consists of a spinous process projecting posteriorly (to the back) and two transverse processes which project laterally (to the side). The muscle attaches on to these processes. The upper 24 vertebrae articulate with each other through facet joints, which are small gliding joints. These joints allow movement. Between each vertebra there is an intervertebral disc. These discs aid movement (flexion, lateral flexion and extension) and act as shock absorbers, and help prevent wear and tear of the vertebrae. Each disc comprises of a soft, gel-like centre (nucleus pulposus) and a harder fibro cartilage outer case. The spinal column is located in the centre of these discs and vertebrae.
A slipped disc occurs when the outer fibrocartilage ring, surrounding the interverbral disc tears, and causes the soft gel-like centre to press out. As the disc collapses it presses on the spinal nerves (the nerve roots that branch out from the spinal cord), and cause numbness. A slipped disc usually occurs in the lumbar region (the lower back) and occasionally happens in the cervical region of the back. It rarely happens in the thoracic area.
The most common age for a slipped disc is between 30-50 years of age.
Excessive strain on the back: often as a result of heavy lifting and twisting, for example when loading a lorry.
Incorrect posture when lifting: It is important to bend the knees and keep a straight back when lifting a heavy object.
Over use: if the muscles in the back are tired, this can result in a slipped disc.
Symptoms can vary depending on where the slipped disc occurs.
Pain tends to be felt in the lumbar region of the back (the lower region).
Patients with a slipped disc have usually had a history of acute lumbago (pain in the muscles and joints of the lower back).
The lower back can be tender to touch, when applying gentle pressure.
Pain can be mild or severe, depending on the severity of the prolapse.
Pain is continuous rather than pulsating, and tends to be less in the morning.
Pain can become worse when sitting, or lifting.
Numbness, tingling and sometimes paralysis can occur, because the bulging disc can press on the spinal cord.
Muscle spasm in lower back.
If the slipped disc occurs in the lumbar region, the lower back it can result in sciatica, as the disc compresses the sciatic nerve. This tends to occur when bending over. The pain spreads down the leg.
Pain can be alleviated when lying down.
The Lasegue test can be used to diagnose a slipped disc. The patient lies on their back and their leg is raised straight by the examiner, and their foot can also be passively dorsiflexed. If pain is felt spreading down the leg, this indicates a positive test.
An MRI scan can confirm a slipped disc.
Rest: to prevent further damage. Bed rest might be recommended.
In the sub-acute (3 days to 3 weeks) and the chronic stage (3 weeks to 2 years) it is important that training should be adapted to avoid heavy lifting or any exercises that put excessive strain on the spine. A physiotherapist or sports massage therapist can advise when exercise should be resumed and what exercise would be appropriate.
Ice treatment: Ice, can be applied for 10-15 minutes, every 2-3 hours in the acute and sub- acute stage (frequency can be reduced according to recovery, and can be continued for as long as deemed necessary). In the sub-acute stage (3days – 3 weeks) heat therapy can be applied. Hot bath or hot water bottle might alleviate muscle spasm.
NSAIDS (anti-inflammatories) and paracetamol can be taken to aid pain relief. Medical advice should be sought, in case of possible side effects.
Kinesiology taping can aid recovery.
Massage can help aid recovery, and improve joint mobility and range of movement. It should not be administered during the acute stage. If there is any underlying medical condition, such as a heart condition, it is important to seek medical advice before receiving massage.
A physiotherapist osteopath or chiropractor can help stretch and relax tight muscles, which improves range of movement and flexibility. They can advise on appropriate strengthening, flexibility and proprioceptive exercises in the sub-acute and the chronic stage of recovery. Exercises should focus on eccentric strengthening; focussing on the quadriceps muscles, the intensity of the exercises should be increased gradually and in a measured way.
A physiotherapist or doctor might prescribe ultrasound or laser treatment to aid recovery; or recommend surgery.
With rest, time and exercises the prognosis for a slipped disc is good.
Published: November 5, 2011Author: Sophia Cross, BA (Hons) MA
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