Think Twice Before You Ice
Invented by a medical doctor, übertherm’s new cooling technology prevents sub-0°C ice crystal-related inflammation, while providing deep, lasting, precision cold therapy.
Cold Compression Wrap for Knees, Elbows and Shoulders
- A revolutionary new technology.
- Eliminates the discomfort and risks associated with using ice (stinging, burning, tissue damage, and exacerbated inflammation.
- Provides deep and effective cold compression therapy.
- Works gradually, safely, gently.
übertherm cooling gel pack
For use inside übertherm cold wrap products only, these cooling gel packs, in combination with the übertherm thermal conduction regulating Ice Pillow™, create the perfect therapeutic rate of cooling, maintaining the “Goldilocks zone” of not too cold and not too warm, lasting up to 1 hour. The non-toxic gel is formulated to remain semi-flexible right out of the freezer. Thaws to a flexible slushy consistency that can be molded to a perfect fit by massaging the gel after positioning. The gel pack slides easily in and out of the thermal conduction pocket. Cooling gel packs should never be placed directly against the skin.
What makes übertherm cold compression wraps unique?
At the core of each übertherm wrap are two individual components working in combination to deliver safe, effective cold therapy. Together, they allow cold to penetrate deep down into the muscles, tendons and joints – without ever freezing the skin.
This durable pack has multiple chambers filled with a proprietary high-performance gel that retains cold for up to an hour, but stays semi-flexible even when frozen. In combination with the übertherm cold therapy wraps, the gel provides even, gradual, pain-free tissue cooling – instead of freezing – preventing sub-0°C tissue conditions (and the associated risk of tissue ice injury) while providing therapeutic, soothing cold.
This unique pocket – a combination of carefully chosen insulating and conductive materials – holds the cooling pack comfortably against the skin and regulates the thermal transfer. The Ice Pillow’s thermally calibrated healing technology carefully slows the thermal rate of transfer, allowing cold to penetrate gradually and deeply for a more comfortable, sting-free experience.
Why is übertherm better than ice?
Cold is good, but freezing isn’t.
übertherm eliminates the discomfort and potential risks of conventional ice therapy.
Using ice to treat inflammation comes with risks. Just as frost can harm plants, ice can harm the body.
Holding ice or any sub-freezing object against the skin for any length of time causes microscopic ice crystals to form inside body tissues.
These ice crystals harm nearby cells:
- Their sharp edges can pierce the outer membranes of nearby cells.
- They can actually form inside the cells and destroy organelles.
- When ice crystals form they leave behind solutes that desiccate nearby cells.
These ice-crystal induced injuries can exacerbate or induce an inflammatory injury response, putting the patient at risk of a chronic feedback loop of inflammation, ice, cellular injury, and more inflammation. The unique übertherm system also eliminates the risk of frostbite and tissue / nerve damage that comes with aggressive ice packs.
The unique übertherm system removes the risk of frostbite and tissue / nerve damage that comes with aggressive ice packs.
conventional ice pack at 10 minutes
Significant mottling and heterogeneity of cooling, with continued areas of sub-0°C tissue conditions
übertherm cooling pack at 10 minutes
Near homogeneous cooling is seen with only small areas of mottling. No sub-0°C tissue conditions are seen.
übertherm earns rave reviews from users.
übertherm’s effectiveness at relieving pain from arthritis, tennis elbow, and knee and shoulder injuries has earned high marks since the product was launched in 2017.
“I am happy to report that übertherm is fantastic!!! Just had my third surgery following knee replacement and this product by far exceeds the ice machines I have used in the past. … EXCELLENT customer service and I have already told my orthopedic surgeon about you and this great product. Thank you from my heart.”
“I am having some issues with tendonitis/golfer’s elbow, and have been using this cold wrap for the last week. I was never able to get relief from the ice before, as the feel of the cold ice brick I was using against my elbow caused me more pain; however, with this cold wrap, the cold encapsulates my entire fore-arm, including my elbow, and brings a great relief to the aches of the golfer’s elbow, just after a week of using it. Great product!!!”
Q: Why does it not feel cold enough or as cold as some of the conventional cold packs? For the shoulder wrap most patients leave on their shirt in clinic and feel it just is not cold enough. Should it feel as cold as regular ice/cold packs? Why or why not?
A: For several reasons it will not and SHOULD NOT feel as cold as a conventional ice pack, which is a good thing. Thermal sensation is all rate of cooling; we don’t have nerves that sense temperature only rate of flow of heat in or out. The rate determines how intense cold or hot “feels”, and by going gradually it will feel much less cold but still achieve a plateau tissue temperature of about 2-4 C above freezing (optimal cooling to prevent swelling and inflammation without all the bad things tissue freezing does). The intensity of cold people are used to with a conventional cold pack is a warning from our body that we are getting burned, and not something to aim for. Ideally, after a few minutes, it will feel comfortable with a background sense of being cold, and after 10-20 minutes tissue cooling will reach an optimal level of cooling without freezing. The body part will be most notably cold to touch after removing the wrap.
In order to have a calibrated conduction product we can’t accommodate all different clothing materials and thicknesses, so we strongly recommend it be used with direct-to-skin use for optimal results. For the shoulder, if someone can’t wear a tank top or a very thin shirt, then it won’t work. We can’t have it be calibrated and also cold enough to work on top of a sweatshirt, so we decided on the former and hopefully patients can wear a tank top or equivalent for shoulder work. I think that issue will be unique only to the shoulder for women in a PT office not given instructions on what to wear for shoulder PT work; it hasn’t been an issue from customer in home use.
Q: The product does not cover all of the area that is hurting- do you have anything about the effectiveness based on coverage of the wrap?
A: The pack is designed to cool down to the deeper tissues, tendons and ligaments gradually over about 20-30 minutes with regular use, irrespective of whether it’s placed on the front or side of the knee (for example). It will cool down the entire limb over the prescribed time, even if it doesn’t cover the entire area at first. We don’t think it’s necessary to wrap around 360 degrees (which is of course widely variable to achieve based on different people’s body sizes) so we aimed rather for a more physiological, safer idea of slow penetration to the deeper tissues to reduce pain, swelling, and inflammation while preventing freezing injury. I guess if you have pain in an area larger than 11 x 11 inches then we don’t cover that scenario.
Q: Surgical patients feel the product is too hard and uncomfortable – would this be something you would suggest to a surgical patient? I know we spoke about the weekend warrior. Thoughts?
A:This is usually freezer dependent and some powerful freezers can bring the gel to a fairly stiff state at first. We recommend leaving the gel out for about 1-2 minutes before use, which will allow the gel to soften considerably and become more slush like. Once inserted into the pocket it can also be pre bent and molded to fit before application on a patient. Bottom line, it softens up pretty early in the thaw phase and if you give it a minute or two before placing it on a patient it will make a big difference in softness. Once on this softening will continue, so we recommend massaging the pack now and then to get a real custom fit and to increase comfort. The knee wrap is hugely popular with total knee replacement and arthroscopic surgery patients and we get excellent feedback in those cases (many of them buy extra gel packs ad wear in throughout the day to control pain). When we get this questions we encourage them to allow the gel to thaw out a bit before use and we’ve had good feedback after they start doing that.
Q: What makes übertherm cold compression products so unique?
A: übertherm cold products are precisely thermally regulated to create perfect, safe, steady cold compression. There is a Goldilocks zone between too cold and too warm that other ice packs don’t even attempt to address; most are dangerously cold at first – risking tissue ice injury and cellular inflammation – and then warm up rapidly. All übertherm cold products have a calibrated, multi-layer, thermal Ice Pillow™ that has a combination of conducting and insulating layers to precisely regulate the rate of cooling and target the Goldilocks cold zone. The übertherm soft cold gel is engineered for steady cold and ultra-long life.
Q: What is the ideal temperature for cold compression?
A: As übertherm’s physician founder will tell you, that’s not a simple question and the impetus behind the company’s years of research spent solving the problem. There are a lot of layers between the skin and the muscles/joints, and what’s right for the muscles is far too cold for the skin and vice versa. The key is that temperature equilibrates over time, but ice packs don’t take the time to allow for it – they are bitterly cold to the skin (often causing ice burn or even frostbite) and tend to freeze the outer layers while inadequately cooling the deeper tissues. The solution is to reduce the “thermal rate of conduction” so that cold spreads evenly and deeply over time. The übertherm Ice Pillow™ technology slows the process down to the ideal rate so that muscles and skin are cooled evenly and the risk of dangerous ice injury is addressed. A great side effect of this is that with a slower conduction rate it no longer has to hurt to deeply cool your muscles and joints.
Q: Is the cold gel pack included with the wrap?
A: Yes, the cooling gel pack is included with the product.
Q: What is the übertherm wrap made of?
A: The übertherm cold compression wrap is made out of highest quality, latex-free, neoprene and premium grade UBL Velcro loops and a thin, breathable vinyl liner. The Velcro pads are recessed for comfort. The wrap is very sturdy and yet easily moldable to any body size and shape, and sometimes worn as a stand-alone brace to stabilize a painful joint. Inside the wrap is a super soft multi-layer thermal Ice Pillow™ that regulates the rate of cooling to prevent ice burn.
Q: Is the cooling gel non-toxic and safe?
A: Yes, the ingredients of the cooling gel are all nontoxic. However, please note that the cooling gel pack is for use only in an übertherm cold compression product and should never be applied directly to skin.
Q: Who should use this product?
A: The übertherm cold wraps are designed for anyone experiencing pain and/or swelling after exercise or due to a wide variety of inflammatory medical conditions. The wraps are especially useful following orthopedic surgical procedures like knee replacement or arthroscopy.
Cold is effective at reducing inflammation and pain, and acts in a protective role after exercise. Cold slows down biological processes and so inhibits the inflammatory mediators related to common conditions such as tendinitis, arthritis, tennis and golfer’s elbow, runner’s knee, bursitis, and others. Cold is very helpful following orthopedic procedures, acute injuries, and knee replacement surgery. The trick is not to freeze your skin and deeper tissues, which damages your cells. Excessive cold can even lead to cell death, most notably frostbite. Cold is also effective at slowing the conduction of small fiber pain nerves, thus providing a direct reduction in pain sensation unrelated to inflammation reduction.
Q: How large is the cooling pack coverage?
A: The cooling gel pack is 26 by 26 cm (10 by 10 inches) square and provides a very large area of coverage. It is formulated to remain semi-flexible right out of the freezer and can be molded to fit around your body; just massage after positioning. The pack slides easily in and out of the thermal regulating Ice Pillow™.
Q: How adjustable is the cold compression wrap?
A: The entire outer surface of the wrap is a layer of premium UBL loops for Velcro attachment, so it is infinitely adjustable. Even the arms are covered in UBL loops, so it can be wrapped around twice and still connect just right. It is sized to fit men and women of all sizes. The Velcro pads are recessed and hemmed for maximal comfort. Extension straps are available for persons requiring additional length.
Q: Can I buy just the cooling gel pack?
A: Yes. Extra cooling gel packs are available to purchase for additional freezer storage, but are for use only in an übertherm cold compression product and should never be applied directly to skin.