When suffering from an injury, mainly in the legs, ischemic compression therapy is the key to recovery or pain relief.
In the next article, we will show you in detail what ischemic compression is.
Ischemic compression: what is it?
Ischemic compression is a technique used in the area of physiotherapy. It is characterized by the intentional blockage of the passage of blood in an area. This produces a resumption of blood flow once the pressure is released.
To better understand, here is an example: if we have an elastic band around the index finger, it will stop receiving blood. At the beginning it will be painful and reddened, however, releasing the pressure, it will return to “normal” in terms of functions and visual appearance.
Ischemic compression is applied to trigger points, ie those areas where there is a lot of blood flow ( for example, the legs ). When the pressure is reduced, the blood flow is normalized.
This compression and release have positive effects on the body and are used to relieve contractures, heal wounds and allow muscle relaxation.
Why choose this therapy?
Compression therapy is a very effective treatment for venous ulcers, vasculitis or occlusive vasculopathy and much more. However, before talking about this technique, it would be good to understand something more about inflammatory processes.
When an area of the body becomes inflamed due to an injury, an illness or an accident, there is an alteration in the blood circulation, a greater capillary leak and an increase in intravenous pressure due to the effect of gravity.
Thus, a phenomenon can develop that does not allow healing – or that makes it difficult – even when there is nothing to prevent tissue regeneration.
In order to combat venous hypertension that does not help to heal, especially in patients with obesity, immobilization or any pathology of the circulatory system, the so-called ischemic compression therapy is used.
This treatment aims to promote a venous return and increase the body’s ability to heal the wound. Other effects of ischemic compression therapy are:
- The decrease in capillary losses.
- Increase local lymphatic drainage.
- Reduction of inflammation.
- Increased arterial flow.
Even if it comes to thinking that having something that compresses the leg is painful, the truth is that this process serves to speed up healing. It’s a little annoying, but you’ll get more and more relief as the area is deflated.
Ischemic compression therapy and cervical pains
We have already talked about how ischemic compression therapy can reduce pain and speed up wound healing. However, it is worth emphasizing that this is also an excellent treatment for cervical problems.
Obviously, the sedentary lifestyle causes many health consequences and cervical pain is part of them.
Did you know that cervicalgia is one of the most frequent rheumatological and muscular problems in consultation with the traumatologist?
The trapezius is the muscle most affected by the pressure of the head and shoulders. Within the so-called “cervical pain”, we find those that are known as myofascial trigger points, which are found at different points in the area and generate pain even by simple contact.
The problem with these points is that they trigger a motor dysfunction (you are not able to move your head freely) or hyperalgesia (increase in pain sensitivity).
Ischemic compression therapy has very good results in patients with trigger points in the cervical tract. Furthermore, acupuncture is a technique that can be used as a compliment.
Ischemic compression therapy and employees
Thanks to the benefits of this therapy, many companies have decided to offer their workers sessions. These are aimed at those with pain or neck and shoulder problems: often office workers.
In these cases, the pressure is applied to the area trigger points. The goal is to reduce pain and avoid more serious consequences, with possible absences or problems at work.
In general, treatment is offered once a week and lasts two months (eight sessions).
Undoubtedly, ischemic compression therapy has several advantages, not only for those who have suffered an accident or an injury, but also for those who suffer from chronic muscle pain. Would you like to try it?