RIIXO Recovery

Three steps to
use your Calf Cuff

Ice, heat and compression are
proven to aid good for muscle
recovery – after sports or injuries.

Riixo recovery cuffs make recovery easy and affordable

How to use our 3-in-1 cuffs

Recovering
with ice

1

Freeze
Put in the freezer
for 2 hours

2

Apply

Using the application
sleeve

3
Wear
20 minutes and you
are done

Step-by-step

Using the cuff in ice mode is easy. Place the garment in a domestic
freezer and leave it there for at least two hours. The longer, the better.

If you are wearing the cuff straight from of the freezer, leave it on a table or surface for 5 minutes before wearing. If you are taking it with you, place the cuff straight into your Riixo Thermacase.

Place your foot into the pocket section of the Application Sleeve keeping the long tail at the bottom. Then slide your foot, wearing the sleeve, into the top of the cuff and pull the cuff into place. You can now remove the sleeve from your foot and start your recovery.

For the best results after sport, wear as soon as possible once you finish training or competing. Over time, it is likely you will establish your own protocols, but we recommend you wear the cuff for 20 minutes. For the best results wear the cuff for 10 minutes, followed by 5 minutes of gentle exercise (walking) without the cuff, and finally 10 minutes wearing the cuff again. You can repeat this process again after 2 hours if you wish.

If you have a new injury don’t use ice immediately, but you may utilise the garment’s compression. After 24 hours use the cuff for 20 minutes every hour for the first three hours. To keep the cuff cold put it back in the freezer between use or into the Thermacase. Be aware of how your body is recovering and seek medical advice if you have any concern – especially if you experience any deterioration or additional pain.  

There are great benefits using ice and compression to manage many existing injuries or niggles. It is likely that you will establish your own protocol for using the cuff. We suggest you do this with your physio or medic who is treating your injury. A good starting point is to wear the cuff for 20 minutes, this can be done in one complete block of time or as described in the After Sport section above. Make sure to use the Application Sleeve to help get the cuff on easily.

It can sometimes take a bit of time to become accustomed to the recovery cuff and the sensation of ice. If you find the cold chill to be too uncomfortable you can wear a thin sock, such as a sports sock, as a barrier between the cuff and your skin. Whilst there might be some mild discomfort, if wearing the cuff is at all painful then immediately remove the cuff. 

Recovering
with Heat

1

Heat
Put the cuff in the
microwave for 15 seconds

2

Apply

Using the application
sleeve

3
Wear
20 minutes and you
are done

Step-by-step

Place the cuff in a microwaveable bowl, then place the bowl in the center of your microwave for 15 seconds on full power.

After 15 seconds remove from the microwave and squeeze the cuff to ensure the gel is distributed as some areas may have heated more than others. There can be great variability in the performance of domestic microwaves so always test the cuff against your skin – taking great care as you do so. It should feel hot but bearable. The sensation should be similar to the feeling of a warm bath. If the cuff is not at this temperature heat at further 15 seconds intervals until you are satisfied. Never heat for longer than 15 seconds at a time. If the cuff feels too warm leave it to cool. You will become accustom to the duration and number of intervals that works best with your appliance but ALWAYS test the temperature before putting the cuffs on and remove immediately if there is significant discomfort or any pain.

Place your foot into the pocket section of the Application Sleeve keeping the long tail at the bottom. Then slide your foot, in the sleeve, into the top of the cuff and pull the cuff into place. You can now remove the sleeve from your foot.

If you are planning on taking the cuff with you to training or an event and want it to stay hot for longer you can heat the cuff in preparation. Please note that all microwaves perform differently and we strongly recommend you perform a trial with yours before using it for the first time. As a guide, based on our testing, you can heat the cuff for 1 minute (4×15 second intervals with squeezing in between) and place in the Thermacase, the cuff will then be at optimum temperature for use after 2-3 hours. Heat the Cuff for 1 minute 30 seconds (6×15 second intervals) and place in the Thermacase, the cuff will be at optimum temperature for use after 5-6 hours. If you are doing this do not put it in the microwave longer than 15 seconds at a time without removing from the microwave or you will cause damage to the cuff. Remove every 15 seconds, squeeze and reposition. Never heat for more than 6 intervals of 15 seconds. Do not wear the cuff immediately after extended heating to do so may cause harm and your skin may burns. The heating time data can be found on the website.

Wear the cuff before you go out to train or compete to warm up the muscles. Use the application sleeve to position the cuff in the right place. For the best results wear the cuff for 15-20 minutes.

You can help manage old and new injuries with heat. For new injuries the recovery cuff can be used after 72 hours after the injury for periods of 15-20 minutes. An easy rule to remember is heat for movement, ice for pain. Heat will stimulate blood flow and help tissue healing so it is good to use heat when you are feeling stiff or resting.
For more longstanding injuries the same principles apply but the frequency that you use it can be greater. Use the cuff for 20 minutes as you feel that it is required as long as it is not causing you pain. The best protocols for use are designed with the contributions of your physio or medical professional.

If the cuff is uncomfortable or too hot to wear, remove it immediately and let it cool before reapplying or try wearing a thin sock, like a sports sock as a barrier between the cuff and your skin. The sensation of wearing the cuff when it is heated should feel like a warm bath. It should not be uncomfortable for any length of time and there should never be any pain. If you experience pain remove immediately. Always test temperature before wearing

Using the
Riixo ice Ball

1

Freeze
Put the ice ball in the
freezer for 2 hours

2

Apply

Holding the ice ball apply

directly to the area of the body

3

Massage

Apply a steady pressure whilst

moving the ice ball over the area

Step-by-step
Ball in the holder

Using the ice ball is easy: you can freeze it at home with your domestic refrigerator. Place the whole item in the
freezer and leave it there for at least an hour – but the longer, the better. Given the design elements and the liquid core it you will be able to use it even when it is not frozen and you should get a soothing sensation.

You can use the ice ball straight out of the freezer. If it is your first time using it or have a low tolerance to the cold you might choose to wear a thin item of clothing.

Hold the ice ball in the palm of your hand gripping the silicone cup. Apply the ball directly to the skin and apply the level of pressure you feel most comfortable with. Start by repeatedly moving the ice ball along the length of the muscle you are working for 20-30 seconds before moving on to another area. 

 

If you feel an area of increased tension within a muscle – known as a trigger point or a knot – then you can apply increased pressure in either a circular motion or in a different direction to the first movement.

If you are recovering after sport, for the best results, use the ice ball as soon as possible after you finish training or competing. Use the ice ball for no longer than 20 minutes. You can also use the ice ball periodically through out the day after you finish training or competing. Just be careful not to do too much. Give yourself regular breaks.

Do not use the ice ball within the first 72 hours of a new injury. Let the body repair. 

Use the ice ball for no longer than 20 minutes. You can also use the ice ball periodically through out the day after you finish training or competing. Just be careful not to do too much. Give yourself regular breaks. 

It can take time to become accustomed to the ice ball and to massage therapy. If you find the ball too cold or uncomfortable you can wear a thin item of clothing, such as a sports sock, as a barrier between the ice ball and your skin. You should also build up the level of pressure you apply. If you are in any doubt then consult your physio or medical practitioner. 

Step-by-step
Ball on its own

The Ice Ball can be used independently of the silicon hand grip. Simply unscrew the silicon holder at the point of the blue line and remove the ball. 

Freeze it at home with your domestic refrigerator by placing the ball into the freezer and leave it there for at least an hour – but the longer, the better. Given the design elements and the liquid core it you will be able to use it even when it is not frozen and you should get a soothing sensation

You can use the ice ball straight out of the freezer. If it is your first time using it or have a low tolerance to the cold you might choose to wear a thin item of clothing like a sock.

You can now place the ball on the ground on a level surface and move your foot over it applying variations in pressure to gently massage. This can be done whilst sat down or standing.

Lie on the ground and place the ball underneath you between you and the ground. Move your torso around until you find the area you want to work on. 

 

Roll the ball along the length of the muscle. If you find a tender area you can hold there for 20 – 30 seconds.

The ice ball can be used to reduce pain from plantar fasciitis or help to break down scar tissue after a torn muscle.

It can take time to become accustomed to the ice ball and to massage therapy. If you find the ball too cold or uncomfortable you can wear a thin item of clothing, such as a sports sock, as a barrier between the ice ball and your skin. You should also build up the level of pressure you apply. If you are in any doubt then consult your physio or medical practitioner. 

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