It integrates four proven therapeutic modalities to help people return to their best as quickly as possible after injury or surgery.
Cold therapy (cryotherapy) promotes vasoconstriction and reduces blood flow, reduces inflammation and oedema (swelling), decreases muscle spasms and decreases metabolic demand. It is used immediately following acute injury or surgery and as needed thereafter.
Heat therapy (thermotherapy) promotes vasodilation and increases circulation to the injured area to support the lymphatic system and stimulate natural healing, while reducing pain and stiffness. Heat therapy is used after the initial inflammatory response caused by an injury or surgery begins to diminish.
Contrast therapy (CT) alternately opens and constricts the vascular system, increasing blood flow to an injured area without causing the accumulation of additional edema (swelling). CT also helps decrease nerve sensitivity to reduce pain
Intermittent Pneumatic Compression Therapy (IPC) is used to provide even pressure around an injured area, mechanically reducing the amount of space available for swelling to accumulate, thus increasing lymphatic flow, decreasing swelling, and enhancing tissue healing. It has been shown to be most effective when combined with cryotherapy.