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Taping a plastic bag of ice to injured or achy muscles can be messy and cumbersome, and ice treatment often requires you to sit still to be effective. But the Arctic Ease (Arcticease.com) cold compression wrap delivers similar results to icing (relief from discomfort and swelling), combined with compression, for a double-duty recovery tool that is also convenient. Each reusable wrap, which comes in two sizes—one for small joints like wrists and ankles, and another for larger muscle groups—begins to cool the skin moments after it is applied (no refrigeration required), and the area remains cool for up to three hours. You can wear the wrap discretely under clothing without a mess, and there’s no menthol aroma like with similar relief therapies. When you’re ready to take it off, roll it back up and store it in its plastic jar for future use (the packaging states it can be used another 4–8 times). Cost is $16 for large wrap, $10 for small wrap, and you can find them at CVS and Vitamin Shoppe.