The Science. How Physicool Works Physicool is a unique cooling bandage impregnated with rapidly evaporating alcohols. The alcohols react to the body heat and evaporate when the bandage is worn. This evaporative process draws heat out of the warmest source – local underlying tissue. Whilst the deep tissue is cooling down the compression will modify the inflammatory response, helping healing and recovery.
The science of cooling by rapid evaporation Evaporation is a process which involves a liquid changing to a gas. When a liquid evaporates it loses the warmest particles first, the remaining particles are cooler. Alcohol evaporates at a lower heat and at a faster rate than water. This gives a faster and greater rate of evaporation. The coolant draws the warmest particles away from the deeper tissues, which results in a cooling benefit.
Physicool cooling with open-cell technology The Physicool bandage has been scientifically developed to bind the coolant to the surface of the bandage and ensure a sustained delivery of coolant. This is achieved through the unique weave of the bandage which employs open-cell technology which traps the coolant in the ‘cells’ and releases a continual cooling effect.More coolant can be sprayed directly into the bandage if a further period of cooling is required. There is no need to remove the bandage to do this, due to the exceptional binding effect of Physicool.
Cryotherapy Cryotherapy (cooling therapy) is widely used as a beneficial treatment in both the early management and the rehabilitation of soft tissue injuries. The temperature of the underlying tissues is reduced by the withdrawal of heat away from the body to achieve a therapeutic effect; reducing tissue temperature, blood flow, pain, and metabolism in the affected area. When Physicool is used correctly, the bandage will feel warm to the touch on the outside. More on Cryotherapy
Compression Physicool combines compression and support with sustained cooling. Research shows that the therapeutic benefits of cold therapy are enhanced by the simultaneous compression of the affected area (Capps, 2007). The aim of compression is to stop haemorrhaging and reduce swelling.
Our medically formulated Coolant is used globally throughout hospitals, physiotherapy practices, sport arenas and at home. The versatile Physicool Cooling Bandage has proved to greatly reduce swelling and inflammation, reducing pain whilst helping speed up the recovery process, getting people back up on their feet fast!