Cold Therapy vs. Cool Therapy: What's the Difference?

Cold Therapy vs. Cool Therapy: What's the Difference?

By now, you may be wondering, “What is this cool therapy that you keep bringing up in all these blog posts? Isn’t that just another way of saying ‘cold therapy?’” The answer is a resounding no. There’s a difference in the methods, and there’s certainly a difference in the pain relief. Here are some of the ways that cool therapy differs from cold therapy.

Cold therapy

Cold therapy is the old “put some ice on it” trick. If you apply a bag of ice or a frozen bag of peas to the site of your injury, that’s cold therapy. It typically uses temperatures between 35-45℉, and must be applied for thirty minutes and removed for thirty minutes before applying again.

The aim of cold therapy is to numb the site of pain, relax the tense muscles and tendons, and reduce swelling to the area.

Cold therapy is not without its hazards

Danger #1: In addition, the too-cold temperatures can slow the blood flow TOO much - to the point where it can limit oxygen and nutrients from reaching the injured area as effectively as they need to in order to promote optimal healing. Hence, one of the reasons cold therapy must be performed with the 30 minutes off time-frame to allow the area to warm up a bit again and blood flow to speed up again.

Danger #2: Temperatures in this range - can literally freeze the skin and surrounding tissues - to the point of causing frostbite. In fact, there are numerous cases in which companies offering cold therapy solutions have been sued for damages relating to frostbite.

Danger #3: Doctors know well, that some patients can also experience what’s referred to as a “rebound effect” when utilizing cold therapy. This means, that during the thirty minute intervals in which the cold is removed, the swelling and pain can actually rush back and become even stronger and more uncomfortable than it was before the cold temperatures were applied. The reactions of the body are often as extreme as the temperatures that they are being subjected to.

For many years, cold therapy was seen as the most effective natural solution to pain relief, so it was worth the risks. But as you’ll see, cold therapy is not the only option for instant natural pain relief anymore. 

Cool therapy

Nanotechnology now provides an elegant solution to the ongoing cold-therapy-related problems; a modern upgrade to the age-old remedy.

Cool therapy, uses temperatures between 50-60℉, which is actually the ideal temperature for pain relief--just cold enough to relax the pain site and reduce swelling without numbing the skin or any of the risks of overcooling. Because it isn’t as cold, it can be used for longer periods of time, up to 1-2 hours. Nanohealth’s Cool Therapy Wraps use a thermal wax that pulls heat from the affected area, and easily charges in the fridge or freezer in just 20 minutes.

Cool therapy wraps are also more convenient than cold therapy because they have a snug, comfortable fit that allows you to move freely. With cold therapy, you may often have to maneuver or adjust to keep the cold temperatures placed in the right spot. Holding them in place or tying them on with a towel. There is also the added dilemma of ice melting and creating wetness and condensation.

Nanohealth Pain Relief wraps remain snugly in place and comfortably dry as they deliver their therapeutic benefits and pull heat from the injured area.

Nanohealth understands how important it is to get moving again, even when you’re in pain, and our wraps are made to help you do so as simply and effectively as possible.

Despite all that we tell you here, we don’t expect you to take our word for it. We invite you to please listen to real customers tell their own stories to see if these products may be the perfect fit for addressing your pain.


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