So I started using a bit of cold therapy the day before yesterday.
We have a cold pack which is about 6″ x 4″ and I tried that the first night, leaving it behind my upper back for about 20-30 minutes. (I lost track of time.)
But I wanted something bigger so I looked up recipes for homemade cold packs and found that the most common formulas are:
- 2:1 – water to rubbing alcohol
- 3:1 – water to rubbing alcohol
I used the 2:1 ratio and made three cups of the mixture, partly filling a gallon-sized Ziploc™ freezer bag.
Aside: if you’ve looked at my blogroll, you may have seen that the second link is to our all-too-infrequently-updated homeschooling blog. Seeing an opportunity here, I started a lab book for my 4 and 6 year-old daughters and we recorded the “experiment.”
We talked about how different things freeze at different temperatures and thought about what might happen when you combine water with alcohol. Would the mixture freeze at the same temperature, a lower one, or a higher one?
We recorded our method, our hypothesis, and our expected results. (The younger daughter guessed correctly that it would not completely freeze at the same temperature that makes ice while my older daughter guessed that it would freeze at the same temperature.)
Tonight, we’ll take out the bag and examine it, recording the data we observe. It’s fun to be able to combine these two aspects of my life. =)
The resulting mixture was fairly soft, not nearly as hard as the retail ice pack I used before. To me, this was a benefit because it allowed the cold pack to form to my body, cooling a larger surface area and feeling more comfortable.
So I used the new, improved, larger cold pack last night. I kept it on for about 25 minutes. Interestingly, my back stayed cold to the touch for about 5-10 minutes after I removed the cold pack.
Obviously, with only two days under my belt, I have no idea if this will help or not. The only other thermogenics hacks I use are drinking ice water in the morning and, after a run, I’ll talk a cool shower. (Not daily cold showers for me. There’s a reason I don’t live in colder climes.)
If you’ve had experience with these tactics, I would love to hear about it. Please let me know in the comments if you see anything I could do to improve my chances of success with them.
Breakfast: two servings of MRM whey protein (one chocolate, one vanilla), kombucha, AGG, cinnamon
Lunch: ham, refried beans
Dinner: sausage and sauerkraut, BWW wings, AGG
Other food throughout the day: sugar-fee jello (with a bit of light whipped cream), two cashews,