When I originally spoke with these new partners for Physiquality in January, I was quite curious about their product. (I still am, actually.) Their wraps function in a very similar way to the Game Ready machines I had to rent after my knee surgeries. It was an expensive — and difficult to fill — machine, but the cold circulation and compression did wonders for my swelling post-surgery.
When I told the vendor of my five knee surgeries and continued activity, they joked that I should become a spokesperson for their company. Does that mean I can get a knee wrap for free? Still waiting to hear an answer; until then, this is a combination of their research and what I could round up on the definite benefits of using cold therapy in conjunction with compression.
The benefits of cold and compression therapy
with advice from PowerPlay
If you’ve ever sprained your ankle or injured your elbow, you probably know that it’s been standard practice for decades to apply ice after injury to decrease swelling and pain. Dr. Gabe Mirkin coined the acronym “R.I.C.E.” in 1978 (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation), and this concept became the standard in treatment of acute injuries and post-surgical patients.
While there has been some debate about whether cold therapy should be used for all musculoskeletal injuries, most healthcare practitioners would agree that proper use of ice or cold therapy can reduce swelling and pain. Here are a few reminders about using cold therapy: