Almost every person in the world, whether they’re athletes, manual labourers, or office workers, knows what it’s like to come home from a long day with aching muscles, throbbing pain, or worse—a life affecting injury. No matter how commonplace they may be, muscle and joint pain should always be taken seriously; pain can often signal or lead to an injury if not treated correctly. Until recently, cold therapy – which is one of the oldest therapeutic treatments in the world – was the go-to treatment for many injuries. With the arrival of the Opus gel Compression Wrap, those suffering from an aching body have a smarter, more powerful way to heal themselves.
What is Cold Therapy?
Cold therapy, or “cryotherapy” comes from the Greek cryo (κρύο) meaning cold, and therapy (θεραπεία) meaning cure. Treatment with cryotherapy can:
- Reduce pain
- Minimize inflammation
- Decrease metabolism and blood flow
- Help heal acute soft tissue injuries
- Reduce edema (swelling)
Cold therapy, which is usually a combination of cooling and compression, is universally recognized as an effective treatment for muscle and tissue injury. However, there is some uncertainty as to how much compression an injury needs and what temperature best facilitates healing. Unfortunately, those are also the two variables that can’t be controlled by elastic bandages and ice packs, the materials most commonly used for cold therapy. The Opus gel Compression Wrap eliminates these restrictions by offering an unprecedented amount of control over how much pressure and cooling is used on the tissues.
What is the Opus gel Compression Wrap, Exactly?
Opus gel was created by Hexyoo Scientific Inc. A company that produces a proprietary visco-elastic polymer (gel) formulation; simply put, the end result is a flexible, freezable gel wrap that offers the patient a better way to heal aching joints and muscles.
Research suggests that there are a few factors that define optimal cold therapy:
- A temperature reduction of 5-15°C has been shown to reduce post-traumatic swelling
- Applying ice for more than 30 min should be avoided and it should preferably not exceed 20 min
- A tissue should be cooled by 10°-15°C
- A systematic review suggested that intermittent 10-minute ice treatments are most effective
- Cold + compression helps reduce swelling by increasing external pressure on the tissue to prevent edema. This allows for a faster time for temperature reduction of the tissue.
The Opus gel Compression Wrap was designed to meet these parameters and create the ultimate cryotherapy treatment. It works like this: even when it’s frozen, Opus gel is still flexible and elastic, allowing it to be wrapped around any area of the body in varying levels of tightness. It can cool the area by an incredible 15° C, but what’s more remarkable is that the Opus gel will warm close to body temperature in approximately 15 minutes, thus preventing the area from being damaged by the cold.
The Benefits of the Opus gel Compression Wrap
- Remains pliable even after it’s frozen (no more stiff ice packs that won’t contour to your body)
- Can be stretched up to 10x its rest length—means a wide range of compression power
- Because it returns close to body temperature there is no risk of over-icing
- Allows for 360° coverage (cool + compression)
- Can also be used for heat therapy
- Easy to clean or disinfect
- Sticks to itself, so no straps or clips are needed to hold it in place
The Opus gel Compression Wrap, Clinically Proven
The Opus gel Compression Wrap was developed using data gathered from extensive testing. In fact, the Oshawa-based CWR Health Clinic tested the Opus Gel’s claims using thermal sensors and found that the wrap could reduce the treated area by 15° after 10 minutes—the perfect conditions for reducing swelling.
The Opus gel Compression Wrap brings controlled cryotherapy back into the hands of the person who matters most: the patient. If you’re interested in the Opus gel Compression Wrap, it’s highly advisable that you get the guidance of a trained medical professional on how to optimize its’ use. The caring professionals at the Chiropractic Wellness and Rehabilitation Clinic in Oshawa, Ontario are more than happy to help you with how to best use this innovative device. To get a hold of them, visit their website or give them a call at (905) 720-1881.