We have compiled a mini-guide for those looking to find extra benefits in their sports & fitness injury recovery. In this guide, you will learn about how muscles strains occur, the effects of muscle ‘pulls’, recommendations, and finally, what our cooling bandages can do to speed up recovery and to prevent reoccurring injuries.
The occurrence of muscle strains
Did you know that muscle strains, which are often seen or heard of as ‘muscle tears’ or ‘pulled muscles’ account for in the region of 30% of all sports injuries?
Muscle strains most frequently affect muscles in the legs due to the fact that they are subjected to sudden movements, intense bursts of activity and rapid directional changes, depending on your chosen activity. Various sports mean that a variety of stresses are subjected on the leg muscles that are irregular. For example, when a player receives contact in a tackle, or from over activity, when a muscle group is used at such a level, so frequently, that the muscle doesn’t have enough time to recover, leading to a strain.
A strain explained
Muscle strains come about once a muscle has undergone a blow or has been stretched to exceed a healthy limit. As a result, the muscle fibres become torn, with the most-likely place for this to happen being where the muscle joins the tendon. Strains are known to be significantly painful at times, with certain strains regularly taking a long time to heal, depending on the severity of the damage done to the muscle fibre. As part of the rehabilitation period the muscle is going to be particularly susceptible to re-injury, therefore it is essential to allow enough time for the healing process to take place. If you are unsure of any of these things, then you should contact a sports professional, such as a qualified sport masseuse or physiotherapist, who can advise you correctly.
The habitual recommendation that people with a muscle strain will receive from physios and other sports healthcare professionals is a process known as ‘RICE’. This acronym stands for Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation, and is instructed in the event of injury or trauma to a muscle.
The method of RICE is explained below:
Rest: The muscle should be allowed to rest in order to avert additional strain or injury.
Ice: The muscle needs to be cooled as quickly as possible for a minimum of 20 minutes. This can be achieved with ice, or if you don’t have ice to hand immediately, you can use our cooling sprays to reduce the effects of the injury. It’s worth remembering that you should never apply ice directly to the skin as this can cause ice burns.
Compression: An elastic compression bandage, also referred to as tubigrip, should be applied to the injury as a means of preventing further swelling.
Elevation: The muscle that has suffered the injury should be raised so that it is above the level of your heart, as this acts to reduce swelling to a minimum.
It is advised that RICE should be carried out for four times each day in the initial 48 hours following an injury as this will assist in the reduction of inflammation and speed up recovery.
Why you should cool the muscle quickly
Essentially, the earlier that cold therapy can be applied to the affected area, the better. It is a vital element in the promotion of positive healing of any sprain pain relief. If you have an ice pack to hand, this can be placed over the injured muscle inside a damp tea towel. Alternatively, you can apply one of our specially-designed cooling bandages. This allows the affected area to be relieved of pain instantly, regardless of your location you are, as a convenient alternative to ice.
How does a cooling bandage work?
Physicool’s reusable cooling bandage combine’s instant cooling, compression and support. Used to reduce swelling and inflammation fast, apply Physicool to combat pain and speed up your recovery.
Physicool is a recognised medical treatment and a staple ingredient of every athlete’s and physio’s kit, providing all the benefits of a cooling aid, but without the need for refrigeration. Physicool works by rapid evaporation – drawing heat out of an injury. Because the bandage is fastened to the injured limb, it provides consistent, ergonomic relief, quickly reducing swelling and pain whilst helping speed up healing and recovery time. Each bandage has a Velcro strap that holds it in place without creating a pressure point. Initially charged with 2-3 hours cooling the bandages are reusable and Physicool’s unique cooling effects will still be felt long after removal. Physicool is a perfect solution for all strains, sprains and knocks. Recharge with Physicool Coolant.
- Swelling/Inflammation Reduction
- Pain Reduction
- Instant Cooling
- Promotes Healing
- 360 Degrees Conformity
- No need to Refrigerate
- Easy to Apply
- Constant Use