Ice Compression – The Evolution Of Sports Recovery Technology
2016 promises to be many things for many people, but for athletes and casual sports participants all around the world, injury continues to hinder their advancement within their chosen sport or sports. Simply read the following two facts about sports accidents from the USA to really understand how big the issue:
- Over 3.5 million children under 14 receive treatment for sporting injuries each year.
- adolescents and teens in high school who play sports accounts for approximately 2 million accidents, in addition to more than half a million doctor visits each year.
These statstics are shocking, and they only account for America. So where do we traditionally start with healing sports injuries? Well, often the very first (and simplest ) treatments given are Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs). NSAID stands for nonsteroidal anti inflammatory medication, and common example of them are aspirin and acetaminophen. Another common way to deal with sports injuries is through Immobilization. Immobilization is basically maintaining the injured area of the body still. Cases of immobilization are wheelchairs for leg injuries, casts and splints for hand and arm injuries, and crutches for injuries to the feet.
The issue with these traditionally used treatments is they frequently don’t address the source of the problem (in the case of NSAIDs) or they take too long to cure the harms (in the case of immobilization). That is where ice compression technology comes in. Commonly called Cryotherapy, ice compression is an extremely effective method in treating frequent sports injuries. Where it really excels, however, is in speeding up recovery time dramatically. Among the top cryotherapy companies in the world in 2016 is Hyperice. As an example, here is the way the ice compression technology within HyperIce items functions:
Each item is made up of two components
- Ice mobile with air release technology – The”chilly” part is the ice cell found in the middle of the product. It harnesses the power of ice that must be filled to the ice mobile every time the item is used
- Compression wrap – Every ice compression device is designed to apply maximum pressure on the cell. Excess atmosphere is pushed into the surface, allowing it to be published in the Ice Cell.
So why should you opt for the treatment choice of cryotherapy when you sustain a sports injury? Well to start with, it’s hugely helpful in reducing pain, swelling and inflammation to any harm if applied as soon as possible. It reduces pain in a much more natural way than any NSAID, by increasing the pain threshold and decreasing nerve transmission on your pain fibres. Ice compression also reduces muscle spasms, whilst reducing swelling and bleeding simultaneously.
Ice compression technology appears set to take over in 2016 as one of the top ways of treating sports injuries. With its focus on organic healing combined with modern technology, it is definitely my choice for injury treatment.