Unlike ice-based gels and sprays, physicool combines compression and support with sustained cooling. Research shows that the therapeutic benefits of cold therapy are enhanced by the simultaneous compression of the affected area (Capps, 2007). The aim of compression is to stop haemorrhage (bleeding) and reduce swelling. Compression is applied to limit the amount of oedema (tissue swelling) caused by the release of fluid from the damaged capillaries into the surrounding tissues. Controlling the amount of inflammatory exudate helps to control the osmotic pressure of the tissue fluid in the injured area (Bekerom, 2012).
Posted on July 31, 2013 .