Injuries can hit any one of us at any point, however, it depends on our own rehabilitation journey and determination. If you’re willing to complete the prescribed exercises given from your physiotherapist to get you back into routine faster, you’ll succeed.
At Progressive, we commonly use the GameReady Med 4 Elite injury recovery system to fast track our client’s current injury in their acute stages. It is proven to enhance the initial recovery process and is especially beneficial post-surgery. However, patients can benefit from the GameReady throughout any stage of their injury rehabilitation journey.
At Progressive, we often see clients that have suffered an ‘acute’ injury – which is from a single trauma event. Acute injury examples are:
- Sprains and strains
These can be seen in injuries to hands, knees, ankles etc.
SO, WHAT DOES THE GAME READY ACTUALLY DO?
The use of cold and compression therapy:
Having cold therapy on any injured site promotes ‘Vasoconstriction” (meaning it reduces blood flow, reduces inflammation/swelling to the injured site). Cold therapy is also proven to reduce the occurrence of muscle spasms and imbalances that may be felt.
- Cold therapy is also proven to decrease metabolic demand which can be considered a pain reliever. If you weren’t sure, metabolic demand can be viewed as the impact on the metabolism during and after a workout.
- Cold therapy is to be used immediately after injury or surgery and used during the rehabilitation process to get back to routine faster.
The combination of heat therapy:
Heat therapy is important in conjunction with ‘cold therapy’ which is what makes the GameReady a more unique product to get you back into your routine post-injury. Heat therapy simply promotes vasodilation (simply the dilution of blood vessels, to decrease the amount of blood pressure experienced). Due to this, it increases circulation to the injured site which works to support the lymphatic system – reducing pain and stiffness in the injured site.
Contrast therapy (CT):
Contrast Therapy (CT) is another key element to what makes the GameReady a highly rated post-injury/surgery rehab equipment to use. Contrast therapy involves opening and constricting of the vascular system, which promotes an increase in blood flow to the injured area. This is a good sign – as it doesn’t cause accumulation of added swelling to the injured site. CT also involves the use of being immersed in hot and then immediately cold temperatures, which actively works to improve circulation around the injured site.
Intermittent Pneumatic Compression Therapy:
Intermittent Pneumatic Compression Therapy is a special technique that involves the use of an air pump and inflatable auxiliary sleeves, gloves or boot – the visual of this product is what most of our clients think of when we discuss the GameReady! It’s what most clients think of when we discuss the GameReady! The use of this feature is to provide an even distribution of pressure around the injured site. The best thing about this feature of the GameReady is it reduces the amount of space available for swelling to build up.
The next time your physiotherapist recommends to put you on the GameReady, know that you’re one step closer to being injury-free and completing your injury rehabilitation journey.