Cold Compression


Cold Compression therapy

Cold compression therapy, often referred to as cryo-compression, offers several benefits for athletes in both training and recovery, or anyone recovering from joint surgery (knee, hip, elbow, wrist, shoulder)

We offer the latest in Cold Compression equipment from Recovery Systems. The system has an inbuilt heat pump that cools the water to as low as 5oC (and heat to 40oC) and pumps it through the specially designed cuffs that fit over the impacted joint taking the cold directly to the area around the joint. Simultaneously the cuff applies gentle pulsating compression which assists in removing waste products and promoting nutrient delivery to aid in recovery.

This combination of cold therapy and compression can aid in enhancing performance, reducing muscle soreness, and accelerating recovery.

The Benefits

Pneumatic Recovery systems are designed to externally compress the limbs in a way that mimics normal physiology using a sophisticated pulsing, gradient, and distal release compression pattern for the most effective recovery tool.

This type of compression helps with:

  1. Reduced Muscle Soreness and Inflammation: Cold compression therapy helps decrease muscle soreness and inflammation after intense workouts or competitions. The cold temperature constricts blood vessels, which reduces blood flow to the area, limiting the inflammatory response and minimizing tissue damage.
  2. Faster Recovery: By combining cold and compression, athletes can experience faster recovery times between training sessions and events. Cold therapy helps decrease metabolic activity in muscles, while compression assists in removing waste products and promoting nutrient delivery to aid in recovery.
  3. Pain Relief: Cold compression can provide effective pain relief by numbing nerve endings and reducing the sensation of pain in sore or injured areas.
  4. Improved Circulation: Compression stimulates blood flow and lymphatic drainage, helping to flush out toxins and metabolic byproducts from muscles. This enhanced circulation brings in fresh oxygen and nutrients necessary for repair and recovery.
  5. Prevention of Delayed-Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS): Cold compression therapy after intense workouts can help prevent or mitigate DOMS, which often occurs a day or two after strenuous exercise. By reducing inflammation and supporting muscle recovery, athletes may experience less severe DOMS.
  6. Enhanced Performance: Incorporating cold compression therapy into training routines can lead to better overall performance. When muscles are less fatigued and recover more quickly, athletes can maintain consistent training intensity and achieve higher training volumes.
  7. Reduced Risk of Injuries: By managing inflammation and promoting proper muscle recovery, cold compression therapy can reduce the risk of overuse injuries and strains.
  8. Psychological Benefits: Beyond the physiological advantages, cold compression therapy can have psychological benefits. Athletes often feel more confident and motivated when they experience reduced muscle soreness and a faster recovery process.
  9. Post-Surgery Rehabilitation: For anyone recovering from surgery, cold compression therapy can aid in reducing postoperative pain, swelling, and inflammation, facilitating a smoother rehabilitation process. It is commonly used immediately post-surgery in hospitals, but most would benefit significantly from continued use for at least 2 weeks after release from hospital.

It’s important to note that while cold compression therapy offers numerous benefits, individual responses may vary. Anyone using the therapy should consult with sports medicine professionals or healthcare providers to determine the most appropriate protocols based on their specific needs, training regimen, and any pre-existing conditions.


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Frequently Asked Questions

Remember that while this information provides a general overview of cold compression, individual circumstances can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before starting any new treatment, especially if you have underlying health conditions or are unsure about the appropriate approach for your situation.

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