2016 promises to be many things for many people, but for athletes and casual sports participants all over the world, injury continues to hinder their progress in their chosen sport or sports. Just read the following two facts about sports injuries in the USA to truly understand the size of the issue:
– More than 3.5 million children under 14 receive treatment for sporting injuries every year.
– Teenagers and adolescents in high school who play sports account for approximately 2 million injuries, as well as over half a million doctor visits every year.
These statstics are staggering, and they only account for America. So where do we traditionally begin with healing sports injuries? Well, often the first (and easiest) treatments given are Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs).
NSAID stands for nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug, and common example of these are ibuprofen and acetaminophen. Another common way to treat sports injuries is through Immobilization. Immobilization is essentially keeping the injured area of the body still. Examples of immobilization are wheelchairs for leg injuries, casts and splints for arm and hand injuries, and crutches for injuries to the feet.
The problem with these traditionally used treatments is that they often don’t address the root cause of the problem (in the case of NSAIDs) or they take too long to heal the injuries (in the case of immobilization).
That’s where ice compression technology comes in. Commonly known as Cryotherapy, ice compression is a highly effective method in treating frequent sports injuries. Where it really excels, however, is in speeding up recovery time dramatically. One of the leading cryotherapy companies in the world in 2016 is Hyperice. As an example, here is how the ice compression technology within HyperIce items works:
Each item is made up of two parts
– Ice cell with air release technology – The “cold” component is the ice cell located in the center of the product. It harnesses the power of packed ice which must be filled into the ice cell each time the item is used
– Compression wrap – Each ice compression unit is designed to apply maximum pressure onto the cell. Excessed air is pushed to the surface, allowing it to be released from the Ice Cell.
So why should you go for the treatment option of cryotherapy when you sustain a sports injury? Well to begin with, it is hugely effective in reducing pain, swelling and inflammation to any injury if applied as soon as possible. It reduces pain in a far more natural way than any NSAID, by raising the pain threshold and decreasing nerve transmission in your pain fibres. Ice compression also reduces muscle spasms, whilst reducing bleeding and swelling simultaneously.
Ice compression technology looks set to take over in 2016 as one of the leading methods of treating sports injuries. With its focus on natural recovery mixed with modern technology, it’s certainly my choice for injury treatment.