Most people know that RICE is a common prescription to treat injuries.
Rest, ice, compression, and elevation are proven to facilitate the healing process after a musculoskeletal injury. All of these components are essential for tissue repair and injury recovery, and some of them can be enhanced to make the recovery process even faster.
Rest and elevation are two factors that cannot be improved, and with a horse, impossible, but with advanced technology, cold and compression can be. Ice therapy/hydro-therapy can be improved with this great product that enables constant, consistent compression and cooling to the injured site.
This is why we suggest having Hidez Ice Compression Socks available not only for hauling, pre-performance, post-performance recovery and stalling, but also for those unexpected injury moments when you need RICE therapy.
Five Ways Compression Therapy Accelerates Injury Recovery
So why compression?
Well, according to Knight (1995), compression helps control edema formation and reduces the swelling by promoting reabsorption of this fluid. Not only does the compression aid reabsorption, it shuts down the area and therefore will not allow for additional edema to formulate. If there is less tissue debris, there is less free protein which will lower the tissue oncotic pressure. Tissue oncotic pressure pulls fluid from the capillaries and will increase edema. (“Cryotherapy in Sports Injury Management” by Kenneth Knight. )
The compression enhances the body’s natural circulation and provides the following injury recovery benefits:
Less swelling – Inflammation and swelling are not only uncomfortable, they can also inhibit the healing process. Compression therapy is proven to help reduce swelling, especially in combination with cold therapy.
Less edema – Excess fluid buildup can also slow down the healing process and inhibit range of motion if the injury is at or near a joint. Compression can help reduce this excess fluid in the body.
More nutrients – Active compression helps stimulate the flow of lymph fluid, which carries vital nutrients, to the damaged tissues surrounding the injury. Lymph fluid is also important for removing waste from cells and body tissues, an important function during the tissue regeneration process.
More oxygen – Injured tissue requires oxygen for it to repair itself. However, swelling can inhibit the flow of blood to an injury, slowing down the healing process. Active compression helps improve blood flow, thereby enhancing the delivery of oxygen to damaged tissue.
Faster tissue repair – The combination of reduced swelling and delivery of oxygen and nutrients to the injury site enables more rapid tissue repair and an overall faster healing process.
If you are faced with a leg injury from above the knee or hock down, reduce the recovery time with ice compression therapy. Compression wraps designed specifically for each body part ensure that the entire surface area receives the same pressure and temperature, making active cold and compression therapy more effective than ice water therapy and compression bandages alone.
Ice compression socks are designed to provide consistent cold temperatures with graduatedcompression. This combinations takes RICE to a new level so the injury can recover faster. The Hidez Ice Compression socks are a great tool to have on-hand in the event of an injury or for swelling from standing too long in a stall or on concrete.
Cryotherapy may be used to provide relief of localized pain arising from the musculoskeletal system, as well as providing local anesthesia of dermal layers. Pain relief or analgesia may result from cryotherapy in three ways:
- Elevation of the pain threshold as cooling affects pain receptors and sensory fibers in the involved tissues.
- Slowing of the inflammatory process.
- Reducing muscle spasm.
Local anesthesia results from unrelieved cooling, through the general hyperstimulation and eventual overwhelming of the sensory nerves and sensory nerve endings in the skin and muscles below. Each class of sensory receptor will fire, in turn, as they are cooled and their individual resistance to the cooling is exceeded. They will continue to fire as cooling continues until fully exhausted and anesthesia occurs.
The most commonly used mode of cryotherapy is the ice pack. It is easy to apply to most treatment sites, requires little time or equipment to make, and places a minimal demand on the practitioner’s time during treatment.
Local anesthesia is usually produced by a crushed‐ice pack in 10 to 12 minutes. (Your Hidez Ice Compression socks, the best “stay in place” ice pack around! ) It should be noted that an ice bag is a poor substitute for a crushed‐ice pack, if anesthesia is desired. It generally does not get the skin cold enough.
The use of cryotherapy to produce analgesia or anesthesia is most remarkable when used in the acute phases following traumatic injury. It can provide almost immediate relief from the pain of joint sprain or strain, muscle spasm, contusion and/or muscle strain. The relief of pain, while comforting to the patient, may also allow the practitioner the opportunity to use treatment techniques that might otherwise be painful (soft tissue manipulation and taping are examples). Additionally, cryotherapy may have the effect of slowing down or inhibiting the pathological processes of injury, including inflammation.
Hidez ice compression socks offer compression and ice and have some additional benefits over other competitor products:
Easy to put on and take off
- No wires, cords, batteries attached
- No need to worry about frozen packs
- No machines
- No need for a power outlet
- Ice from the knee or hock down past the fetlock
- No worry of these slipping down due to heavy duty, wide, adjustable Velcro above the knee/hock
- No heavy bags to tote around
- Nothing for a horse to get tangled in
- Machine washable
- Line dry
- Easy to store
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Grant, A. E. (1964). Massage with ice (cryokinetics) in the treatment of painful conditions of the musculoskeletal system. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 45, 233-238.