At PHYSIOLAB®, we want to create a better understanding of repair, allowing tailored treatments depending on where you are in your recovery phase. From post injury to inflammatory, proliferation and remodelling, each specific phase requires a tailored approach to reduce oedema, pain and improve range of movement. By leveraging data and analysing it, we can expand knowledge as to when protocols should be adjusted for maximum efficacy. In this way, we can quantify recovery, making treatment faster and more effective than ever before. The below carousel details the research that has been done into Cryotherapy and intermittent compression, looking closely at how it aids swelling reduction, pain management, DOMS (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness) and improves range of movement.



Adamczyk A, Krasowska I, Boguszewski D, Reaburn P (2016) The use of thermal imaging to assess the effectiveness of ice massage and cold water immersion as methods for supporting post-exercise recovery. Journal of Thermal Biology,60: 20-25. 

Algafly, A.A. & George, K.P. (2007) The effect of cryotherapy on nerve conduction velocity, pain threshold and pain tolerance. Br J Sports Med.41(6), 365-9

Dahl, J., Li, J., Bring, D. K. I., Renstrom, P. & Ackerman, P. (2007). Intermittent pneumatic compression enhances neurovascular in growth and tissue proliferation during connective tissue healing:  A study in the rat. J Orthop Res25, 1185–1192.

Dehghan M, Farahbod F (2014). The efficacy of thermotherapy and cryotherapy on pain relief in patients with acute low back pain, a clinical trial study.

Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research, 8(9): LC01-4.

Khanna, A., Gougoulias, N. & Maffulli, N.  (2008). Intermittent pneumatic compression in fracture and soft-tissue injuries healing.  Br Med Bull., 88(1), 147-56 

Kullenberg, B., S. Ylipää, et al. (2006).  ”Postoperative Cryotherapy After Total Knee Arthroplasty:  A Prospective Study of 86 Patients.” J Arthroplasty21(8): 1175-1179. 

Nadler, S. F., Weingand, K. & Kruse, R. J. (2004).  The Physiologic Basis and Clinical Applications of Cryotherapy and Thermotherapy for the Pain Practitioner.  Pain Physician, 7, 395-39.

Nadler, S. F., Steiner, D. J., Erasala, G. N., Hengehold, D. A., Hinkle, R. T., Beth Goodale, M., Abeln, S. B. & Weingand, K. W.  (2002).  Continuous low-level heat wrap therapy provides more efficacy than Ibuprofen and acetaminophen for acute low back pain.  Spine, 27(10), 1012-7.

Petrofsky JS, Khowailed IA, Lee H et al (2015). Cold Vs. heat after exercise – is there a clear winner for muscle soreness. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 29(11): 3245-3252.

Stöckle, U., Hoffmann, R., Schütz, M., von Fournier, C., Südkamp,  N. P. & Haas, N. (1997). Fastest reduction of posttraumatic oedema: continuous cryotherapy or intermittent impulse compression? Foot Ankle Int., 18(7), 432-8.

Su, E. P., Perna, M., Boettner, F., Mayman, T., Gerlinger, W., Barsoum, W., Randolph, J. & Lee, G. (2012).  A prospective, multi-center, randomised trial to evaluate the efficacy of a cryopneumatic device on total knee arthroplasty recovery. J Bone Joint Surg BrNovember, 94-B, 153-156.