Four Ways Cold Therapy Systems Accelerate Healing
When your body is healing, one of its natural responses is inflammation. Although inflammation serves an important function, too much of it can actually slow down the healing process and cause excess fluid, or edema, to build up. In addition to inflammation, your body will generate new tissue to replace the damaged skin, blood vessels, muscle, and other cells. Again, this is an important part of healing, but too much tissue regeneration can be problematic.
Cold therapy systems can help speed up the healing process by providing the following benefits:
- Decrease swelling - As your body's inflammatory response kicks in, you will notice an increase in swelling. Cold therapy helps control this response so you can reduce swelling, prevent further tissue damage, and maintain range of motion.
- Decrease edema - Excess fluid around the injured area can slow down the healing process. Cold therapy helps reduce edema by slowing down the metabolic of cells and reducing their need for oxygen.
- Decrease secondary tissue - Slowing down the metabolic rate of cells will also reduce the amount of secondary tissue that is generated, allowing your body to apply more energy to other important parts of the healing process.
- Increase blood flow - Cells need oxygen to heal, which is one reason it's so important to maintain good blood flow to the injured area. Ice alone won't increase blood flow to the injured area, but cold therapy systems with active compression will.
Cold therapy systems also have the benefit of reducing pain so you can be more comfortable while you recover. As the application of cold draws heat away from the injured area, you will experience a numbing effect in addition to a reduction in swelling, muscle spasms, and edema. However, the only way to get the most benefit from cold therapy is by ensuring that the temperature remains consistent. Heat from the injury will cause a standard ice pack to get warmer, reducing its benefits over time. Look for a solution that offers active cold therapy to ensure that you get the most benefit and the fastest possible healing time.
Game Ready cold therapy systems use patented technology to provide both consistent cold and active compression. This combination is proven to be more effective than ice alone, so you can heal faster and get back to your life more quickly. Contact us today to learn more about getting your own Game Ready system.
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