How It Works:

The Research

See the difference

This thermal imagery was captured immediately after removal of a tubular Therapy Pack following PHYSIOLAB® S1 treatment. They clearly show that cooling was delivered consistently over the entire treatment area.

(Treatment Protocol: 6°C and 25 mmHg static compression for 30 minutes)

Know the difference

It has been demonstrated in scientific studies that cooling and compression can help to accelerate soft tissue repair and recovery if applied at the correct points during the healing/recovery process 1 – 3:


Intermittent pneumatic compression (IPC) is usually more beneficial than static as it increases blood flow and aides lymphatic return. This helps to reduce pain and swelling and stimulates tissue healing by bringing oxygen and nutrients to the treatment site.

During bleeding, static compression is often used to help decrease blood flow 1 – 3. Early application of cold and compression following injury or exercise helps to reduce bleeding, inflammation, pain, spasm, metabolism, blood flow and oedema 2. Subsequent regular treatments can also help to reduce an excessive inflammatory response, which can reduce side effects and accelerate recovery.



The cooling effect of PHYSIOLAB® C1 was measured in the thigh of a healthy subject using highly sensitive temperature probes (± 0.1°C). The following measurements were taken during the purge sequence and then over a 30 minute treatment period of 6°C:




  1. Bleakley, C. M., Glasgow, P. D., Phillips, N., Hanna, L., Callaghan, M. J. and Davison, G. W. (2012). Acute Management of Soft Tissue Injuries. Protection, Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation Guidelines. Purchased from the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Sports Medicine (ACPSM) website:
  2. 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.
  3. Capps, S. G. & Mayberry, B. (2009). Cryotherapy and Intermittent Pneumatic Compression for Soft Tissue Trauma. Athl Ther Today, 14(1), 2-4.
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