Cryotherapy is a common treatment approach for many patients recovering from injuries or surgery. Although it has been used successfully for hundreds of years, it is important for healthcare professionals to know that developments have been made to improve the traditional methods for applying cold therapy.
Ice baths and cold packs are still effective means to achieve the many benefits of cryotherapy, but new technologies have enabled better application systems that are cleaner, safer and produce better results.
Why Cryotherapy Treatment Alone is Not Enough
Physicians and physical therapists always strive to provide the best care for their patients. Staying on top of scientific advancements is one of the best ways to reach this goal. The addition of active compression to cryotherapy is an excellent example of how new technologies can improve traditional treatment methods.
Some of the reasons the combination of cryotherapy and active compression should be adopted in your practice include:
Enhanced benefits - All of the same therapeutic benefits you get with traditional RICE therapy are enhanced with the addition of active cold and compression. Pain and swelling are effectively reduced for a longer period of time and metabolic activity is slowed more rapidly.
Better edema removal - The build-up of excess fluid around an injury is both uncomfortable for the patient and it slows down the healing process. Active compression helps remove edema by pumping fluid away from the area.
Better lymphatic drainage - As waste products build up while cells are repairing themselves, active compression helps flush them away with improved lymphatic drainage.
Better blood flow - The natural pumping action contributes to the vasoconstriction effects of cryotherapy and increases blood flow, which helps bring fresh oxygen and nutrients to healing tissues.
Better coverage - Active compression wraps are designed to conform to the contours of the body, so unlike an ice pack that can only deliver cold to a limited area, you achieve more coverage. This contributes to faster, deeper cooling that lasts longer so your patients get more out of each treatment session.
In addition, cold and compression wraps are safer for patients because, unlike an ice bath, you can control the temperature and avoid unwanted damage to skin. Patients also don't have to deal with getting wet, which makes each treatment session faster and easier for everybody.
If you want to learn more about how active cold and compression can improve the treatment offering at your clinic, get in touch with Game Ready today. The system is clinically-proven, used by thousands of physical therapists and trainers, and will help you bring more customers to your clinic.