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Home > Occupational Health & Wellbeing > Riixo Cuffs and Braces

How will our wearable wellness products benefit you?

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Relief from pain
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Ice or heat application
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Comfortable compression
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Easy to wear and durable
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Protection of joints

Key features where timing is everything

  • Portable cuffs that retain heat and cold
  • Easy to wear
  • 360 compression
  • Fully interrogated gel for heat and Ice application
  • Custom thermacase
  • Comfort fit for work and sport
  • Scientific evidence for use
  • Supports injury recovery

Why Riixo products works?

These are the most frequently asked questions

Research shows increased muscle strength, muscle function, reduced soreness & DOMS when using compression for recovery.

What is the right amount of compression for recovery?

Too low and your compression garment is just an expensive pair of leg warmers. Too high and you risk increasing recovery time and restricting your blood flow.
The evidence suggests the optimum pressure is:

Calf          20.6  –  28.0 mmHg
Thigh      12.6   –  17.0 mmHg

Why ensuring the right fit is important?

Selecting a compression garment for the dimensions of your legs based on height & weight leads to inconsistent outcomes.

One leading brand assigns the same size (Medium) to an athlete standing 165 cms tall and weighing 85kg as another who is 35 cms taller but 10 kg lighter.

Those individual’s dimensions and body compositions will be vastly different.

We ask you for up to 4 measurements to ensure you a precise fit and the optimum compression.

Why is graduated compression important for recovery?

Graduated compression garments exert more compression as you move along the limb away from the body. It promotes better circulation which allows for the faster removal of metabolites from the blood.

The innovation of compression for sports recovery came from treating other medical conditions.

 

Studies show heat helps to build muscle mass, prevent muscle wastage, improve fatigue resistance and alleviate joint pain

How often and when should heat be applied for recovery?

So long as you are not injured, applying moderate heat regularly after a training session will increase your fatigue resistance and help reduce muscle soreness.

The heat application can be in the immediate aftermath and over subsequent days.

Improving fatigue resistance and alleviating soreness should enable performance gains allowing you to work harder for longer before a drop in performance.

Can heat application help during injury rehabilitation?

When injury has limited mobility, a daily heat treatment can reduce muscle wastage significantly – by as much as 37%

Additionally heat treatment has been shown to help maintain metabolic function in the same injury circumstance.

Using heat every day for 30minutes will reduce muscle wastage by up to 37% when compared to just resting.

Using heat immediately after icing has been shown to significantly reduce muscle soreness and perceived levels of fatigue following high intensity exercise. (Dupuy et al 2018).

How do ice and heat improve recovery?

There are recovery benefits to both thermal conditions, but the key motivation for switching between states is the physiological change as you transition.

After tough exercise, Contrast Therapy has been shown to promote blood flow, reduce muscle soreness, limit the loss of muscle strength and power and muscle damage.

Contrast therapy is the application of heat immediately following ice and has been found to significantly reduce muscle soreness after high intensity exercise with lasting effect up to 48hrs

Athletes using contrast therapy were able to return to baseline levels of muscle strength and power output 24hrs faster than resting.

Can passive warm-up boost sporting performance?

Actively or passively elevating muscle temperature can markedly impact the subsequent exercise performance.

One of the benefits of a partial passive warming protocol is the retained energy – which can be invested in the performance.

Passive warming can also be beneficial during transition phases: be that immediately pre-race, or during a half-time break.

 

 

Research shows using ice after exercise alleviates muscle soreness, reduces inflammation and minimises secondary tissue damage.

When to ice after exercise?

Timing is everything. The sooner you apply ice the quicker your body will recover.

Applying ice immediately after high intensity exercise will speed up your recovery time and [improve your performance] the next day.

Applying after 3 hours will still help your recovery but not as much.

For the best results combine ice and compression. Together they speed up and deepen the muscle cooling.

How long should you ice after exercise?

To reduce muscle soreness there seems to be a relationship between temperature and duration. But method also matters:

Ice baths 11-15 mins at 11-15°C

Ice packs leave the freezer between 0°C to -25°C, apply for 10-20 mins

Cryo-chambers can reach -140°C. For timing follow operator instruction

Too long or too cold and you risk burning your skin. Too little or not cold enough and you do not elicit the physiological changes that assist recovery.

Can I combine compression with ice?

Combining ice and compression cools the muscle faster by both improving the contact and impacting the blood flow to the area.

By cooling the muscles faster, you reduce the energy demands on the body that are required to regulate temperature. Instead that energy, oxygen and nutrients are utilised in tissue repair.

 

Trusted by World Class athletes, used by everyone….

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They are lightweight, discreet, and easy to use. More importantly, they are incredibly effective

Darren H

I take them to work with me in the Thermacase and they are still frozen and ready to use after training

Glen M

The cuffs are excellent quality, hard-wearing and comfy. They offer a great amount of compression with the added benefit of ice. As someone who has suffered with shin splints in the past, this feels reeeeeally lovely!

Nicola B

220 Triathlon

“We like the multi-tasking aspect, just whack on the cuffs and get on with your day, handy for the time-crunched triathlete”

Athletes Weekly

“These clever cuffs reduce the effects of delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS), help treat shin soreness, ease tight calves and aid a faster recovery”

Runners World

“Stick this in the freezer while you’re out on your long run and feel the bliss when you roll out those sore spots”

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