As luck would have it, I hurt my back last week.
I don't know if the wizards at Moji are psychic--or perhaps they have very effective voodoo dolls--but a while ago, they sent me their cold-compression knee wrap just a few days after I had hurt me knee. This time, they sent me their hot-cold back-pain treatment wrap, and I thought to myself, 'Well, I'll use this when my back gets painful.'
So: luck, but not for me--for Moji. It gives me the chance to try out their product--and write (again) about how cool I think they are.
So of course, I tried it. And again, I love it. I think Moji is on to something here. And I don't just think that because they've now sent me two cool items--I just plum think their products are terrific, and should be lying in wait in the freezer / closet of pretty much anyone who's remotely active.
Personally, I probably jack up my back about once or twice a year. I'm trying to change that, what with all the stretching, foam-rolling, Feldenkrais work, and mobility work I do. Sadly, though, it seems to be part of being active and over the age of 18, though I seem to recall jacking up my back not irregularly when I was a young stripling as well. Maybe it's just a function of being an active and not altogether temperate guy.
Anyway. Enter the Moji Back Compressor. The new, clever sucker consists of three parts: a 'cold' cell, a 'hot' cell, and a kind of magic cummerbund that keeps the cells in place and, at the same time, gives you some support for your back--not unlike what you get from one of those old-fashioned weight belts that I and everyone else used to wear around their High School Gyms before new iteration as something for the Home Depot set.
To use it, you either get the cold cell out of the freezer (where it needs to be stored for four hours), or nuke the hot cell in the microwave for about 80 seconds. Velcro the hot or cold cell to the inside of the magic cummerbund, strap it snugly on, and wait for the relief.
So I love this thing. How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. It's comfortable, and feels like just the kind of support I need when my low-back is injured: flexible but firm. It feels great: the heat cell is, indeed, hot--like a hot water bottle or heating pad; the cold cell is, indeed, cold, like an ice back. But I don't have to lie down on a messy, squirty, uncomfortable thing to feel better. I can velcro it on, walk around, enjoy my now-less-painful life, and attend to whatever needs tending to, confident that Moji is helping me work my kinks out as I move. I'm no longer out of commission when my back gets hurt--I'm still in the game, healing and getting better even as I move through my life.Â
One final thing: I like that all it does is heat you up or cool you down. You don't take medicine, you don't apply some weird chemical compound to your skin. You're healing the old-fashioned way--but now in a much more convenient package.