Thursday, March 28, 2013

Maximum Athletic Sport Suit Training

The MASS (Maximum Athletic Sport Suit) Suit is the future of athletic training, it is a great workout for weekend warriors to pro-athletes. The MASS Suit is a full body resistance band workout system. The suit can help MMA fighters, football players, boxers, basketball players, bodybuilders, soccer players, rock climbers, golfers, swimmers or even people who are rehabilitating dramatically increase results while decreasing training time.

The patented design is structured to add an extra dimension to any workout routine. Resistance tubes are connected to a central back unit with adjustable bands, making sure that each and every training session is at just the right intensity. The resistance bands are clipped to your hands, elbows, knees and ankles. The training bands can also be detached, so only the lower or upper half is being worked.

Not only is the MASS Suit extremely adjustable, it is also really comfortable. The resistance cords won't get in the way and the central back unit doesn't feel bulky or painful while doing floor exercises. It can also be completely submerged under water, so pool workouts can be intensified as well.

Made of neoprene and breathable web cloth, the MASS suit is one size fits all -- regardless of weight, height or gender. The whole suit can be worn underneath sweats or over clothes. It can also be worn with or without shoes/cleats. 

Everything from speed, power, agility, strength, endurance, stability, fast twitch muscles, muscle memory and breathing is being tested. Versatile, mobile, powerful, comfortable and effective, the MASS Suit is ideal for anyone who wants to get the most out of their training sessions.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Strapless and Wireless Heart Rate Monitor

Keeping your heart rate elevated is the key to an effective workout, but that can become difficult if you don't like stationary machines or exercising inside. The ePulse2 is the world's first armband heart rate monitor and calorimeter.

The armband monitors continuous heart rate, counts calories being burned and  keeps track of exercise time.  It also includes a full-feature stop watch with split time. Not only does the ePulse monitor heart rate, it has target heart rate zone indicators for optimal fat burning, cardio or custom heart rate zones.

Light weight, comfortable and rinse-able, you can wear the ePulse2 when lifting weights, during yoga sessions or even while playing tennis. With a long-life, rechargeable lithium battery it is perfect for extended uses like hiking or on long bike rides. There is even an on demand power saver feature built into the band.

Without a strap, the ePulse2 can take your workouts to the next level.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Purchasing a TENS Unit

Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) is a machine which uses mild electrotherapy for pain relief. An electric current is produced by the unit and is passed to the user through electrodes. TENS units can be used to treat acute as well as chronic pain.

Picking-out a TENS Unit can be intimidating since there are so many on the market. Key features to look for when purchasing a new machine include whether or not it is battery operated, adjustable width and rate, modes, timer, screen, warranty and most importantly maximum output of electricity or milliamp (mA).

Width control determines the level of electricity (pain relief) you receive, whereas rate determines how often the electric current is sent. Some units come programmed with its own width and rate modes, others leave it all up to you.

A screen can make reading the width and rate outputs easier. But some people prefer using dials rather than buttons. The timer aids in administrating the correct length of time during treatments.

At Pro Therapy Supplies, we honor all of our warranties. Machines which do not have warranties could end-up costing more to repair than what they are worth. Some units have 1 year warranties, others can have up to 5 years.

These are the most popular TENS Units we sell. Click for more details on the units and prices.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Types of Bandages and How to Use Them

Most common form of bandages and is found in every first aid kit or medicine cabinet. They come in many shapes as well as sizes from a small .25" dot to a large 4" x 5" rectangle. They also come in an assortment of materials and colors, from beige fabrics to glittery plastic. These are for everyday paper cuts to accidental scrapes.

These are specially shaped bandages which are designed to fit over fingers, toes or other extremities that regular bandages can not. Tubular bandages are made in quite a few materials, from the usual beige fabrics to clear gel tubes. Some are washable and even reusable. While others release mineral oils to soften and moisturize skin. They are not necessarily for cuts or bleeding, but can offer cushion and absorb pressure from painful corns, ingrown nails and blisters among other irritants.

Just as there are a dozen types of bandages, there are an abundance of gauze and dressings. They come in liquid form, gel pads, cotton rolls, powdered collagen or even foam adhesives. Some come impregnated with ointments and oils to nourish or soothe. The dressing is meant to protect the cells and tissue in the affected area from germs, bacteria and general nastiness. The dressing is also in place to absorb excess fluids.

Offered in a wide range of materials in addition to a multitude of colors, rolls are meant to hold gauze, dressings, as well as cold packs in place. Perfect for awkward places where regular adhesive bandages can not go, like the head or elbows and ankles. Tapes can also offer support, depending on how tightly the roll is wrapped around the affected limb. They help to immobilize and hasten healing time. Wraps are great for providing cushion or to alleviate pressure on painful tendons.

Specialty scissors are made for cutting through tape and bandage material with ease, since some wraps have tough adhesive or are too thick for normal scissors to easily go through.

Sprays are also available to help secure tapes and wraps, in order to reduce friction or help prevent blisters and chafing.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

How Menthol Works as a Pain Reliever

Menthol is a natural pain reliever, in fact it is the strongest natural analgesic. That's why you can find it in many lotions, creams, gels, rubs, pastes, medicines, the list goes on and on.

Menthol is made from the oils of mint and peppermint plants. Since menthol is in so many products, the demand is too high for natural sources. Thankfully it can be synthesized in labs.

Pain relief comes through a number of processes menthol creates. It blocks pain receptors from feeling pain. It also stimulates those same pain receptors into releasing natural pain-relieving substances your body produces. Since menthol feels cold, it tricks the body into constricting blood-flow to the area. Menthol also allows other medicinal ingredients in the topical analgesic to penetrate quicker and easier, which aids in pain relief.

Other chemicals are vital to how a topical pain reliever works but for the most part, menthol is the main active ingredient in the most popular topical analgesics.

Active Ingredient(s)
Tylenol Precise 10% Menthol, 30% Methyl salicylate
Tiger Balm 8% Menthol, 11% Camphor
China Gel 5% Menthol, 3% Camphor
Biofreeze 4% Menthol
Sub Zero 3.9% Menthol
Perform 3.5% Menthol, 0.2% Camphor
Kool 'N Fit 1.25% Menthol, 0.2% Camphor
MyoNatural 1.25% Menthol

Personal preference for a certain product can come from other ingredients like Ilex in Biofreeze and Sub Zero. Or how strong a balm smell verses how the analgesic is applied. Test a few out and see which one you like the most.