An InfernoWrap is a heat wrap thingy for injuries that is sort of like a heating pad, only not. I got my hands on an one when I was about six months into practicing Ashtanga yoga and my wrists were killing me. I was desperate because I loved the practice, in spite of all the time spent with weight on my hands, and I really didn’t want to quit, but my little stick-skinny wrists, especially the one that I broke as a teen (it’s always ached) were hating it. I started icing them after practice (sporadically, if it hurt) and then doing this InfernoWrap each evening before bed. Dang if my wrists didn’t get better.
Maybe they would have anyway, maybe I got stronger, maybe my asana alignment improved, I don’t know. I do know that sitting for twenty minutes watching tv, heating first one wrist, then the other, felt DIVINE. I looked forward to it all day. But eventually found I didn’t need it any more.
Fast forward to my recent hamstring injury and you know I pulled out the InfernoWrap again. I just sit on it so the sit-bone is pressed into it and the length of the wrap goes down the hamstring. It feels fantastic and I think it’s helping the hamstring tremendously—if I use it before practice, I have no pain later. The effect, a warmed-up ease in the tissue, lasts for quite a while after a treatment, too, I notice. Plus the kids love to razz me about how “Mommy has to warm her bum,” and Paul likes to say, “Your ass is hot enough already, honey,” so there you go.
I have no idea what this thing is, honestly. It’s kind of like heating pad, but it isn’t, because it barely gets warm to the touch. So it is not an electric burner that heats up. But the sensation after a few minutes is one of extremely lovely heat inside the body (not so much on the skin). How does that work? I hope I’m not cooking myself with weird Y-rays or gamma radiation or something. If I turn into the Hulk, you’ll know why. The wraps come in various shapes—mine is a basic flat that has a velcro loop on one end that I could hook on my thumb to help with wrapping my wrist, but it lies flat, too. They seem pretty pricey at full retail (I got mine 2nd hand), and I notice the website has the kind of over-the-top hyperbole that often drives me away—the kind that makes me think it’s probably a scam. So that’s kind of problematic.
But here’s the thing, I adore mine. I attribute much soft-tissue healing to it’s magic properties, whatever the hell they are. I don’t find I feel that way about my regular heating pad which has a different sensation, a dry hot that stays on the surface of my skin over the injured area. The InfernoWrap feels hot inside where the pain is. I don’t understand why, but it does. Bottom line, the it feels wonderful and seriously reduces pain.
So, I can’t explain it, but I thought I’d pass this on. If you’ve got old or chronic soft-tissue injuries consider getting one.
I’m not getting any kick-back on this. Your mileage may vary. And no, you can’t borrow mine.