Cold Compression Therapy combines two of the principles of R.I.C.E. (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation) to reduce pain and swelling from a sports or activity injury to soft tissues. The therapy is especially useful for sprains, strains, pulled muscles and pulled ligaments.
Rest is the first line of action for any soft tissue injury. It does not only refer to a prolonged period of time following the injury but also relates to resting immediately from activities.
Ice therapy also known as cryotherapy is one of the most widely used treatments used for acute soft tissue/ sports injuries.
Applying compression to a wound has the effect of preventing excessive swelling occurring and should be applied for about 24-48 hours from the onset of injury. Compression can be applied by a number of means. The most effective of these is by using a compression bandage which helps provide pressure needed to stop some of the bleeding in the area.
Elevation of the injured limb/soft tissue allows gravity to draw the fluid away from the injured area. This helps decrease the swelling and so can decrease pain associated with this edema. In lower limb injuries try and keep the ankle above the level of the hip. Upper limb injuries can be elevated by use of pillow or sling. The injured limb should be elevated for as long as possible throughout the day for the first 48 hours.
Bird and Cronin offers a wide selection of cold therapy products that we feel will help you recover including: Ice packs, shoulder wraps, lumbar wraps, hip wraps, knee immobilizer wraps.