Cold & compression are two of the principles of R.I.C.E. (Rest, Ice, Compress, Elevate) first-aid treatment to treat soft tissue injuries to manage discomfort and internal bleeding. It is especially useful for sprains, strains, pulled muscles and pulled ligaments.
REST: Rest is a key component of repairing the body. Without rest after extreme excersion, additional strain on your body can lead to increased inflammation, pain, injury, and even to abnormal repair or chronic inflammation.
ICE: Ice is great at reducing the inflammatory response and pain associated with heat generated by increased blood flow, but can be inconvenient and difficult to apply. It's the reduction in body temperature and not the ice that's important, and this can be achieved with Neo-Ice, albeit more slowly and to a lesser degree, but also without fuss, inconvenience or danger to your person.
COMPRESS: Compression aims to reduce swelling. Some swelling is inevitable but too much results in loss of function and reduces your ability to train and perform at peak. Neo-Ice Ice-Wrap's are pre-impregnated elastic bandages suitable for first-aid, while our Impact Recovery Kits utilise tubular elastic bandages more suitable for training and competition.
ELEVATE: Elevation means raising and keeping the affected body part above the level of your heart with the aim of reducing swelling by increasing venous return of blood to the systemic circulation. This will result in less swelling and reduced pain. Remaining immobile (preferably lying down) and elevating your limb(s) will give you the best result when using Neo-Ice.