If you’re an athlete, chances are you know the common acronym for immediate care after an injury. RICE -- rest, ice, compression, and elevation -- is a time-tested method for controlling the inflammation that occurs after your body has suffered a trauma like a sprained ankle or pulled muscle. Even if you’re not an athlete, you should use RICE any time you have back pain, bump your head, or suffer almost any other type of minor injury.Read More >
Frozen peas, bags of ice, and gel packs are some of the most common ways to apply cold for relieving muscular pain. However, they are not exactly convenient. Ice melts, peas get mushy, and all of these options get cold and wet on the outside, especially if you have a leaky ice bag. Most people also use a cloth or towel to protect their skin from getting an ice burn, because that level of cold directly on the skin is too intense, or to soak up the uncomfortable wetness.Read More >
Everybody has pulled a muscle at some point in their lives. Whether it is a low back strain, pulled hamstring, or an over-extended calf muscle, you know how painful it can be to recover from a muscular injury. These types of injuries often do not require professional intervention, but you can learn a lot from how the pros handle pulled muscle treatment.Read More >
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 ReliefCompression 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.
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Why are you sitting on the couch? Maybe you sprained your ankle when you took a tumble down the ski slope. Maybe you overstretched your knee ligament during a rowdy basketball game with buddies. Or, possibly you’re recovering from surgery to repair a torn shoulder rotator cuff caused by your physically-demanding job. Whatever the cause of your injury, it’s important to use all the tools available today to help with the healing process.
For many years, the standard of care following a musculoskeletal injury was the RICE (Rest-Ice-Compression-Elevation) method. You got in bed, elevated your ankle, for example, put a bag of crushed ice or frozen peas on the injury and tried to keep it tightly wrapped with an ace bandage from the local drugstore. If this sounds familiar, then I bet you also recall wishing for a more convenient and effective way to deliver cold compression therapy to your injury.