1/24/16 My friend Mindy said that this cool cap makes me look a Migraine Super Hero! I kinda like that! Not sure what my super power is…maybe living in a cave for days on end??
The sales ad for this migraine product kept popping up everywhere for this IceKap. I read several reviews and thought that this might be something that might be great to add to my migraine toolbox. And indeed it is most definitely awesome! I used the IceKap both hot and cold.
Hot: In general I use heat in the form of heated rice bags. So the first way I tried the Kap was hot. But the way to heat the gel packs is by putting it in the microwave for 10 second spurts. The first time I heated them it took 2 minutes at 10 second spurts…this was not fun at all with the amount of pain I was in. Then my husband recommended the crockpot on warm since that is the way I heated my rice bags. However this was not a good idea. When I took the gel packs out in the morning one of them was about to explode and I could not even touch them. In fact I couldn’t even touch them for several hours. In other words I have not found a good way to use this Kap as heat, however the directions did suggest using hot water to heat them. So at some point I will try it and let you all know.
Update: After sending an email to the company, here were the suggestions they gave me after reading my review 🙂 Great suggestions! Great company!
Regarding the heating part. We say 10 second intervals as everyone’s microwave is different and we want to make sure nobody bursts them. Sounds like you could get away with doing 30 second intervals. Try 20 first. Also when using hot water the gel will expand if it’s left to continue heating or it will burst. Try pouring near booming water over them on a pot or even warming them on the stove in a pot of warm water.
Cold: After reading the information on the website and knowing so much about my migraines and what helps, I decided to try the Ice/Cold aspect of the cap. In the past I have not been able to use ice because it caused vasoconstriction immediately and increased pain, mostly because it was cold in my hands and sent chills up to my head, which in turn caused the constriction of the blood vessels in my head and increasing the pain. However, with these gel packs, you can put them in the refrigerator and make them cold instead of ice cold. Using the cap in this manner, reduces the swelling and since the types of medications that work on my migraines are anti-inflammitory drugs, I thought I would give it a try. And it provides a great amount of relief…enough so that I could fall asleep with the IceKap on. When I woke I was able to put the 2nd set of gel packs into the Kap. It was also a great cap to wear on the way to the emergency room today because I was able to pull the cap down over my eyes blocking out the light at the same time providing some relief.
Overall I highly recommend the IceKap for Migraine, Head or Sinus pain.
Here is the link to the website and an explanation about how the IceKap works.
Andrea Jones, ICEKAP founder
As a migraine sufferer, I was desperate to find a natural solution that would not only help relieve the pain but also allow me to keep up with my active lifestyle. I suffered from migraines and headaches for well over a decade. During this time I have been in and out of the hospital and had many serious and invasive tests done to determine what is causing my migraines. I had also become far too familiar with the steady flow of ineffective prescription drugs that impacted my ability to operate normally. I had become so desperate to find something natural and drug free to help me I started going to work in a tuque filled with ice. This is where it all began.
I developed this product for anybody who suffers from pain, sick days, lost wages, and the pure frustration of having a migraine or headache. When our whole ‘control center’ is in pain, how are we supposed to accomplish anything? Never mind getting dressed in the morning. My work was suffering, my pocket book was suffering, I needed to find another way. Now there is – a soft, soothing and natural way to sooth you in your time of need and I’m so happy to finally be able to share it with you! I am not making any claims that Icekap is the miracle cure for migraine headaches but I can assure you it will soothe your symptoms, offer great relaxing relief and help you along the way to recovery in style!
How your Icekap works…
Icekap uses a combination of cryotherapy, aromatherapy and pressure therapy to treat symptoms. Cryotherapy is the general use of cold temperatures in medical therapy or the removal of heat from a body part. During a migraine the blood vessels in the head dilate causing pain. These vessels become swollen with blood and thus put pressure on the nerves surrounding the vessels. Both heat and cooling therapies use temperature manipulation to reduce migraine/ headache pain.
The use of cold therapy (Cryotherapy) is believed to cause the swollen blood vessels to constrict, thus reducing the pressure of the migraine/ headache pain. The use of heat therapy increases blood flow, increasing the amount of fresh blood, oxygen and nutrients to the head.
Icekap Essential Oil:
This combination offers an amazing soothing and cooling effect to the migraine sufferer. Cooling to the touch, it offers instant relief and a wonderful sense of well being. Lavender oil has calming properties that aid in relaxation and reduce anxiety while peppermint oil has cooling properties that create a cooling and soothing effect. Distilled essential oils have been employed as medicines since the eleventh century and are 100% natural.
Icekap Pressure System:
Some migraine/headache sufferers feel relief when pressure is applied to their head. To accommodate this, Icekap has an adjustable pressure band which allows the user to adjust the pressure of the cap to whatever tension they desire. The pressure system offers a comforting support to the key migraine areas – occipital, frontal, parietal and temporal regions. With this band the user can apply pressure to sooth the key areas of ‘pounding’ during a migraine.
Sincere thanks and joy to you for trying Icekap.
Andrea Jones, ICEKAP founder