BFST® Wraps stimulate blood flow to repair injured tissue and promote fast healing. The BFST® Wrap is designed to treat soft tissue injuries and chronic conditions. It is also ideal for post-surgery recovery.
The BFST® Wrap should not be used following a fresh trauma, substantial re-injury, or even following physical activity as there will likely be swelling/inflammation. The best way to relieve pain and inflammation is to use ColdCure® Wraps.
Completing 3-4 BFST® treatments through the day will provide increased blood flow all day long. If combining KB Support Tape™ with BFST® treatments, ensure that the first BFST® treatment is completed before you apply the support tape and the last BFST® treatment is completed after the support tape has been removed.
Everyone has a different schedule, but an easy routine to adopt at first would be a BFST® treatment first thing in the morning, another treatment around lunchtime, the third treatment around dinner, and the last treatment right before going to bed. Completing a BFST® treatment before any physical activity or workout routine will help ensure adequate blood flow and is an excellent addition to the warm-up routine.
Prior to each BFST® treatment, evaluate how you are feeling. BFST® treatments work best when there is no swelling or inflammation. If there is an increase in pain since the last BFST® treatment, applying a ColdCure® wrap will help with symptomatic relief of pain and reduce any swelling. Paying attention to the pain will also help stop the re-injury cycle and will help progress your overall recovery.
Completing BFST® treatments directly on skin and not over clothing is recommended. The BFST® Wrap should be worn loosely during treatment. You should be able to fit two fingers between the wrap and your skin.
There is a possibility that during or following BFST® treatments the pain of the injury can increase. This is typically an indication that the area has recently been re-injured. These symptoms can be treated with ColdCure® treatments. But most importantly, you need to be aware that something leading up to your treatment caused your situation to get worse. The BFST® is just making it more noticeable, It is not causing the underlying problem. Pain is unpleasant but it is also your body's way of letting you know something is wrong. It is important that you figure out what is aggravating the injury and try to eliminate the underlying cause. Do not complete BFST® treatments immediately after re-injury. Instead, focus on ColdCure treatments for symptomatic pain relief, and once that pain has been reduced and you are ready to use BFST®, the BFST® treatments will not make the symptoms worse.
ColdCure® Wraps are designed to reduce pain and inflammation by preventing blood and fluid from building up in the area of injury. It's important that the ColdCure® Wrap be used as soon as possible following a soft tissue injury. It can also be used any time after to alleviate pain and swelling associated with mature or returning injuries.
The ColdCure® Wrap can be worn without the XC Gel® pack to provide support for your injury while reducing swelling.
Note: Ideally, the injured area should be at rest during treatment.
ColdCure® treatments should be used immediately following fresh trauma to reduce swelling and inflammation. ColdCure® is designed to relieve pain and inflammation associated with soft tissue injuries. Reducing swelling and inflammation is the first step to healing.
Individuals suffering from mature injuries may further irritate the injured area through overuse, which may be followed by an increase in pain and inflammation. Using ColdCure® after physical activity will help minimize inflammation caused by overuse or strain. In cases of re-injury, use ColdCure® as often as necessary to reduce pain and inflammation.
While recovering from an injury, any strenuous activity can cause inflammation and swelling. Any time that activity has increased significantly, whether pain is felt or not, completing a quick ColdCure® treatment can keep you pain-free.
Combination Therapy means using ColdCure® and BFST® in combination by alternating treatments, as well as using KB Support Tape™ throughout the day. Combination Therapy is much more effective than using just one product over the other. This is because you're getting the pain and swelling relief of ColdCure®, the healing benefits of BFST®, and the protection and re-injury prevention of KB Support Tape™, resulting in the absolute best treatment for your injury.
Step 1: Relieve the Swelling
Use the ColdCure® Wrap as often as you like to help reduce not only the visible swelling you may see on the surface but also the inflammation you may have and cannot see deep down in the soft tissue. Continue to do regular ColdCure® treatments until the swelling and inflammation is gone. You should notice a reduction in pain that's caused by the inflammation and swelling. Use the ColdCure® Wrap immediately following any vigorous activity that may have strained the injured area even if you do not feel immediate pain.
Step 2: Heal Your Injury
Introduce BFST® treatments at times where your injury has been at rest or free from reinjury for at least a couple hours. If you experience any pain or discomfort during BFST® treatments, go back to ColdCure® treatments. Initially, when you begin your treatments on Level 1, you may experience a tingling or heightened warming sensation. Over time you will notice the warming sensation diminishing. When you feel almost no warmth at the beginning of a new treatment, it is time to move up to the next level. Moving to Level 2 or 3 will not speed up your healing time. You need to condition your injury first and gradually move up the levels to gain maximum benefit from your BFST® treatments.
Step 3: Treat Flare-Ups
Do a ColdCure® treatment any time you experience a pain flare-up or after any physical activity to prevent further injury and reduce swelling and inflammation. You will not use BFST and ColdCure close together. The BFST is for before activity and at times of rest. The ColdCure is for after activity. Try to avoid using ColdCure within 1 hour before or 4 hours after a BFST treatment.
Step 4: Use KB Support Tape™
Any time you're not doing a ColdCure® or BFST® treatment, wear KB Support Tape™ over your injury. If you're taping and doing multiple BFST® treatments throughout the day, do your first BFST® treatment before the Tape is applied and your last treatment after the support tape has been removed at the end of the day. You can do BFST treatments through the tape. They are not as effective, but they are still worthwhile. You can use ColdCure over the Tape anytime without any concerns.
Step 5: Complete The Healing Process
You need to keep doing BFST® treatments even after the pain is gone, because the pain ends long before your injury has finished healing. The healing process is very complex and takes much longer than most people realize. (You can click here for the full story.) The key thing to remember is that long after the pain stops, your injury is still healing. Do regular BFST® treatments for several months after the pain is gone in order to complete the healing process. Do a BFST® treatment prior to any physical activity to warm up your circulatory system. You should also continue taping to help prevent re-injury.
Many injuries are not one time injuries, but recurring injuries because we cannot rest properly for our bodies to heal. KB Support Tape is there to provide additional support for your injury. Not only does it provide compression in order to help control swelling and allow for more effective BFST® treatments over time, the Support Tape also helps to limit how much the skin can stretch. This means that your skin turns into a rigid protective armor, to protect your injury further while being active. It does all of this, while still providing fluid range of motion.
No two people have the exact same injury. Even if it is the same body part, an injury can be in different areas of that part and can run in different directions. Based on your own personal injury, the taping method is going to change from one person to another depending on where the pain is located. The taping instructions in our videos, on our site, or even on any other video or webpage is a general guide but it may not be exactly right for you. The key thing is to tape over top of the pain. If you can place 2 strips in a cross or x-shape over the painful area that provides the maximum protection. Try different methods of taping your injury. It will be clear to you when you have picked a taping style that is just right for your injury.
Please visit our Support Tape Instructions page for information on how to use our KB Tape.
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Do I need the BFST® Battery Pack for the BFST® to work? No. It is a convenient accessory. The BFST® Battery Pack is designed to make your BFST® Wrap completely mobile. It attaches anywhere on your wrap by using the Velcro® patch included in the box and can be used 10 to 20 treatments between charges, depending on what level you are using your BFST®. The BFST® Battery Pack does not come with a Power Supply. Instead, to recharge the BFST® Battery Pack, use the Power Supply included with your BFST® Product.
To turn on the BFST® Battery Pack, press the power button on the front, and the blue percentage lights will illuminate. Then press the button on the controller, and your treatment will start. The BFST® Battery Pack will turn itself off automatically after a few minutes of inactivity.
During the use of your BFST® Product, you may notice that the lights turn off on the BFST® Battery Pack. This is okay. As long as the lights continue to stay on, on the controller your BFST® is still working and you are still getting your treatments.
When you plug in your Power Supply, you will see the "Charge Mode" light start to flash. This is good. Recharging your BFST® Battery Pack can sometimes take over 4 hours when the battery is close to 0%.
*The BFST® Battery Pack is specifically designed to work with your BFST® Wrap. For further information on whether a Battery Pack is suitable for your treatment schedule, please contact our Treatment Advisors by email or phone.