Cold Compression Therapy

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Have you gotten hurt after a sports activity? Have you undergone a surgery and looking for options for pain relief and faster healing?

Cryotherapy, or cold compression, is a therapy that you should consider as an aid for pain relief without any of the harmful side effects of pain relieving medications. Learn more about this amazing treatment as you scroll down this article.

What is Cold Compression Therapy?

This is the definition given by Wikipedia for Cold Compression Therapy:

“Cold Compression Therapy combines two of the principles of R.I.C.E. (Rest, Ice, Compress, Elevate) To reduce pain and swelling from a sports or activity injury to soft tissues and recommended by orthopedic surgeons following surgery. The therapy is especially useful for sprains, strains, pulled muscles and pulled ligaments.”


What does cold compression therapy do for you?

The cold compression therapy acts on the blood vessels at the site of the injury and reduces the metabolism of the cells. This feature reduces the oxygen need for the cells and thus reduces cell death. It also reduces the built up of blood and inflammatory fluids, thereby reducing inflammation.


How does Cold Compression Therapy work?

Cold Compression Therapy works on the principle of R.I.C.E.

R – Rest

Ensuring enough rest for the tissues that have undergone injury.

I – Ice

Applying cold to the site of injury to restrict blood supply and thereby reducing inflammation.

C – Compression

Compression for a deeper penetration of cold to further reduce the accumulation of excess fluid.

E – Elevation

Elevation aids in reducing the inflammation further by reducing the action of gravity.

The Cold compression therapy uses a combined cold therapy and compression therapy in alleviating inflammation and pain. The compression permits the deeper penetration of the cold into deeper muscles and tissues.

Indications of Cold Compression Therapy:

Cold compression therapy (Cryotherapy) can be used in patients who are suffering from the following health conditions:

  • Deep Vein Thrombosis

Cold compression therapy can be used to reduce the risk of deep vein thrombosis in susceptible individuals.

  • Edema:

Cold compression therapy can be used to treat edema caused by soft tissue injuries such as post-operative edema, ligament sprains and burns.

  • Lymphedema:

Cold compression therapy is very helpful in treating edema due to venous stasis, to reduce the inflammation after a mastectomy surgery, chronic venous insufficiency and chronic lymphedema.

  • Pain:

Cold compression therapy can turn out to be a wonderful remedy for relieving pain after a surgery, after a trauma and other medical conditions inducing pain.


A number of products that provide cold compression therapy are available in the market. They range from simple equipments that use ice for cold compression and require freezing the ice 2 hours before application. These can be temperamental and are sometimes difficult to monitor the temperature to more advanced equipment that do not use ice and are electrically manipulated and with easy-to-use multi treatment modalities. Ridgline Medical can rent or sell you these more advanced cold compression therapy machines, which are more effective and much easier to use.

You can choose from the various options available depending on your needs. Above all, cold compression therapy can turn out to be a wonderful treatment option, that can give you complete pain relief without any side effects unlike pain medications.

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