COLD THERAPY SPEEDS HEALING
Studies have found that injuries
treated with cold will heal faster than those that are not treated with cold therapy.
When you get an injury, tissue swells with fluid and blood. Applying cold constricts the vessels and at the same time increases blood flow.
This helps the body get rid of damaged tissue and brings repair cells to the area faster. With less swelling, there are more repair cells around the injury to do their job better.
COLD THERAPY REDUCES PAIN
Cooling the outside layers of your skin stimulates thermoceptors (heat sensors) in the skin and deeper tissue.
This reduces the messages that tell our brain we are in pain. Cold therapy closes the "pain gate" and blocks our bodies
from feeling pain.
COLD THERAPY & COMPRESSION
WORK BEST TOGETHER
Cold and pressure are better together.
This combination reduces bleeding, swelling, and the release of
pain- creating substances in the body (Schug and Watson 2003).
It is especially helpful to use right after musculoskeletal injuries, such as sprains.
(Low and Reed 2002)
Using cold reduces
muscle spasm and allows an increased range in movement.