RIIXO Recovery

It takes only
three steps to
use your calf cuff

Ice and heat combined with compression are
scientifically proven to be good for muscle
recovery, whether it is a warm up, after sports or injuries.

Riixo recovery cuffs make recovery easy and affordable

Here are the instructions on
how to use our 3-in-1 cuffs

Recovering
with ice

1

Freeze
Put the cuff 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 the ice mode is easy: you can do that with your domestic refrigerator. Place the garment in the freezer and leave it there for at least two hours. The longer, the better.

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

Place your foot into the pocket section of the application sleeve with the long tail at the bottom. Slide the cuff into place and pull the sleeve out once the cuff is in place.

If you are recovering from sport, for the best results, wear immediately after you finish training or competing. You want to wear the cuff for 20 minutes. Research shows that this is best achieved with 10 minutes wearing the cuff, 5 minutes gentle exercise without the cuff, then finish with 10 minutes wearing the cuff.

If you have a new injury don’t use ice immediately, just compression. Let the body repair. Then after 24 hours use the cuff for 20 minutes every hour for the first three hours. To keep the cuff cold just pop it back in the freezer in between uses or into the Thermacase.

If it is to manage an old injury wearing the cuff for 20 minutes, this can be done in one complete time or in two blocks of 10 minutes, with 5 minutes gentle exercise in between. Make sure to use the application sleeve in the box to help get the cuff on easily.

It can sometimes take a bit of time to become accustomed to the recovery cuff. If you find the cold to be too uncomfortable you can wear a thin sock, such as a sports sock, as a barrier between the cuff and your skin.

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 mix the gel as some areas may have heated more than others. Test the cuff against the skin. It should be hot but bearable, like being in a warm bath. If it is not to the required temperature heat further at 15 seconds intervals until you are satisfied.

Place your foot into the pocket section of the application sleeve with the long tail at the bottom. Slide the cuff into place and pull the sleeve out.

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. Heat the cuff for 1 minute (4×15 second intervals) and place in the Thermacase, the cuff will 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 and reposition. Do not wear the cuff immediately after extended heating. Extended heating can cause 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 is good to use 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.

If the cuff is uncomfortable or too hot to wear you can either remove it 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.

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

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 two hours. The longer, the better. But with the liquid core it you will be able to use it even when it is not frozen.

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 then wear a thin item of clothing, you will still have the benefits of the ice ball but without the discomfort on the skin.

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

 

If you feel an area of increased tension then you can work that area with an increased pressure in, either, a circular motion or across the area in a different direction to the first movement.

If you are recovering from sport, for the best results, use the ice ball immediately 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 sometimes take a bit of time to become accustomed to the ice ball. If you find the cold to be too uncomfortable you can wear a thin item of clothing, such as a sports sock, as a barrier between the ice ball and your skin.

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