3 Common Post-operative Complications Compression Therapy Will Help You Avoid

By Game Ready | Apr 14, 2015

Unfortunately, even the most routine surgeries come with some risks. However, many of these potentially negative events are avoidable if you take the right steps after surgery. One of the most effective ways to prevent some of these complications is with the use of compression therapy.

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3 Reasons Cold Compression Therapy Works for Treating a Sprained Wrist

By Kelly Hansen | May 09, 2014

Wrist sprains are not only painful, they can be extremely inconvenient because we use our hands and wrists so much for daily activities and work. For athletes, a wrist sprain can be even more devastating, which is why it is so important to heal as quickly as possible from this unfortunate injury.

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Is Cold and Compression Therapy Right for You?

By Kelly Hansen | Jun 10, 2013

Cold and compression therapy is used in a variety of situations to reduce swelling, prevent edema, and help promote blood flow to injured areas. All of these benefits contribute to less pain, faster healing, and a quicker recovery process.

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Recovering from an Injury? Five Ways Compression Therapy Can Help!

By Kelly Hansen | Jun 06, 2013
Most people know that RICE is a common prescription to treat injuries. Rest, ice, compression, and elevation are proven to facilitate the healing process after a musculoskeletal injury. All of these components are essential for tissue repair and injury recovery, and some of them can be enhanced to make the recovery process even faster.

Rest and elevation are two factors that cannot be improved, but with advanced technology, cold and compression can be. Cold therapy can be improved with technology that enables constant, consistent cooling to the injured site. Compression therapy can be enhanced with active, pneumatic pressure that creates a pumping effect at the injury site to provide several health benefits.

Five Ways Compression Therapy Accelerates Injury Recovery

The pumping effect that mimics the body's natural muscular movements provides the following injury recovery benefits:
  1. Less swelling - Inflammation and swelling are not only uncomfortable, they can also inhibit the healing process. Compression therapy is proven to help reduce swelling, especially in combination with cold therapy.
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Using Compression Therapy for Back Pain Relief

By Kelly Hansen | Jun 03, 2013
Whether from surgery, an injury, or a chronic condition, back pain can be very difficult to manage. The large spinal muscles are used for many activities, including walking, sitting, standing, and many others. Back pain can have a dramatic impact on quality of life and your ability to perform daily activities. The large surface area of the back and surrounding muscles can also make it challenging to treat with compression unless you have the appropriate materials.

Treating back pain quickly and effectively is essential for healing rapidly and maintaining good quality of life. Using active cold and compression therapy is one of the best ways to relieve pain and reduce or eliminate the need for medications.

Active Compression Therapy for Back Pain Relief

Compression is a proven method for reducing swelling and preventing edema. Active compression takes this a step further to provide several other benefits:
  • Removes edema - The buildup of fluids, or edema, can contribute to pain and swelling. By mimicking the body's natural muscle contractions, active compression pumps edema out of the affected area to help speed up the healing process.
  • Improves lymphatic drainage - Poor lymphatic drainage can actually contribute to back pain. Active compression helps improve the flow of lymph fluid, which brings essential nutrients to the body's tissues and removes cellular waste products.
  • Improves oxygen delivery and blood flow - Active compression also helps improve blood flow in the injured area, which allows more oxygen to reach damaged tissues.
  • Stimulates tissue repair - As more oxygen and essential nutrients reach the damaged tissue in the injured area, it is able to repair itself and heal more quickly.

These benefits do not come with the static compression provided by a bandage or wrap; only active compression can create the pumping effect required to remove edema, improve drainage, and stimulate blood flow.

Active compression is created by pneumatic pressure that flows through a specialized compression wrap that conforms to the body. Adding active cold therapy can further enhance the benefits of compression therapy by reducing pain and inflammation. Air and cold water flow through different chambers in the wrap to provide consistent temperature and pressure for the duration of the therapy session.

Game Ready's active cold compression therapy system uses patented technology to provide consistent pressure and temperature on the entire injured area. Adjustable back wraps fit waist sizes from 22 to 55 inches, so doctors and trainers can use one system for all patients and athletes. Contact Game Ready today to learn more about getting your own active cold and compression therapy system.

How do you currently treat back pain? Do you find the results satisfactory?

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Muscoskeletal Injuries and Wellness: How to Choose the Right Rehab Program for You

By Kelly Hansen | Feb 21, 2013

If you’ve been diagnosed with a musculoskeletal injury, you’re definitely not alone. Medical statistics report that more than half of all U.S. injuries that are accidental occur with to the musculoskeletal system. Muscle strains, sprains, fractures, contusions and bruises are common. About 10 percent of these injuries happen because of some sort of sport and slightly more than 10 percent are workplace related.

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What to Look for in Professional Cold Compression Wraps

By Kelly Hansen | Jan 03, 2013

After you suffered a musculoskeletal injury or undergone orthopedic surgery, you were probably told to use some sort of wrap to surround the affected area and deliver cold and compression treatment. You can find a whole variety of choices on the internet or the shelves of your local drugstore; but how do you know what kind of wrap is your best option?

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Roundup: What's Happening with Muscoskeletal Injuries and Wellness

By Kelly Hansen | Dec 31, 2012

According to a recent study by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), more than 60 percent of all accidental injuries in the U.S. are to the musculoskeletal system. These injuries include sprains, strains, fractures, cuts, punctures, contusions and bruises. About 10 percent of musculoskeletal injuries occur while playing some sort of sport and slightly more than 10 percent occurs in the workplace.

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