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Cold Therapy-Benefits

Why Use Cold Therapy? Cold therapy penetrates into tissues to slow circulation, decrease pain and relax muscle spasms. Athletes have long known the benefits of cold therapy, and even "week-end warriors" will find it beneficial in preventing or reducing swelling after exercise. In addition, using cold to slow circulation is helpful in reducing inflammation, swelling and/or bruising after any type of trauma, dental procedure or insect bite. Cold therapy is also used on burns to prevent further tissue damage.

When Should I Use Cold Therapy: Always follow the recommendation of your personal physician, but generally doctors recommend the RICE protocol (Rest, Ice, Compress, Elevate) during the first 24-48 hours after minor injuries or medical procedures. Thermophore’s Ice It! ® Products, provides the perfect solution to cold therapy with gentle compression, making it easier for you to just find a comfortable position to elevate and rest. Since you don't have to fuss with holding a too-cold, slippery, drippy bag of ice in place, and you don't have to jump up to change it every few minutes. Meanwhile, the Ice It! ® cold therapy system works to improve the condition causing you pain - a combination providing maximum effectiveness.

Cold Therapy, has long been the preferred treatment for emergencies like household burns, bruises, cuts or scrapes. Tooth-ache or pain and swelling from dental treatments or surgery are often treated with cold therapy. Headaches, including sinus pain or a migraine, can be relieved or minimized with the application of cold applications to the face or back of the neck. The lingering after-effect of sports injuries can often be reduced by the immediate application of cold to the affected area to reduce bruising, swelling, muscle spasm and inflammation. Tendon and/or joint problems such as TMJ, carpal tunnel, tendinitis, tennis elbow, rotator cuff (shoulder) pain or most types of knee pain (whether from torn cartilage, hyper-extension, arthritis or surgery) often respond well to cold therapy. Many types of muscle spasm, back pain, neck pain, arthritis pain - nearly any condition that involves pain, swelling or inflammation - may be relieved to a surprising degree by the simple application of cold therapy. Our Ice It!® ColdCOMFORT™ products are designed to provide a quick, safe cold compress that you don't have to hold in place - with no dripping or condensation. Cool, those throbbing, painful areas with Ice It! ® ColdCOMFORT™

Cold Therapy After a Workout: After a workout, your body needs to "repair/restore" itself for the next training session. It does so with the help of blood vessels that bring oxygen to your muscle tissue while removing waste products of exercise — the most common waste product being lactic acid. Too much lactic acid build-up can cause your muscles to function poorly and will often lead to fatigue. Applying cold treatments, like our Ice It ColdComfort-Model 550, to the sore area, will immediately reduce swelling while flushing lactic acid out of your body. The cold causes your blood vessels to tighten. This helps drain the lactic acid out of your tired muscles. When you take away the cold application, your muscle tissue warms back up, causing a return of oxygenated blood to help your muscles recover.