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 RecoveryThe pumping effect that mimics the body's natural muscular movements provides the following injury recovery benefits:
- 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.
Cold (cryo) therapy is widely used after a musculoskeletal injury or post-surgery to decrease pain, muscle spasms, edema and swelling. Let’s say you’ve had an ankle or knee injury. You know the drill – get in bed or on the couch, elevate the leg and apply ice to the injured area. You also remember the mess and inconvenience this kind of ice water therapy causes – wet pillows, bedclothes, blankets, etc. Staying compliant with that type of cold therapy is really difficult and that’s just one reason why ice water therapy alone isn’t ideal for recovering from a sports injury.
If you’re physically active, you’ve probably experienced at least one injury that required you to follow what is known as the RICE regimen – Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation. It’s not an easy program to follow, mainly due to the second and third parts of the regimen, ice and compression. Because RICE is difficult to maintain over time, sometimes people trying to recover use just a simple ice water therapy system to reduce the swelling and pain caused by a soft tissue or musculoskeletal injury. But ice water therapy isn’t good enough; compression is very important as well. Fortunately, there’s a NASA-grade option that offers both treatments in one simple and reliable system.