Game Ready® is the leader in active compression and cold therapy technology for injury treatment and post-operative recovery.
At the Team Elite Health clinic, we have a dedicated space for the use of the game ready unit which includes a TV, Playstation 5 and bench seating for comfort and prolonged use of the game ready machine.
Game Ready is a medical device that combines cryotherapy (cold therapy) and intermittent pneumatic compression therapy to provide therapeutic benefits for injury recovery and rehabilitation. Here’s how Game Ready works:
1. Cryotherapy (Cold Therapy):
- The Game Ready system utilizes a control unit that circulates cold water or a cold liquid solution through a hose to a specific body part or area using anatomically designed wraps.
- The wraps are placed around the injured area, such as a joint or muscle, creating a tight seal to ensure effective cold therapy.
- The control unit regulates the temperature of the circulated cold water, typically between 7 to 13 degrees Celsius. (45 to 55 degrees Fahrenheit)
- The cold temperature constricts blood vessels, reducing blood flow to the injured area, which helps minimize swelling, inflammation, and pain.
- Cold therapy also helps decrease cellular metabolism, which can prevent further tissue damage and facilitate the healing process.
2. Intermittent Pneumatic Compression Therapy:
- In addition to cryotherapy, Game Ready provides intermittent pneumatic compression therapy, which involves the application of sequential compression to the injured area.
- The control unit alternates between applying and releasing controlled amounts of pressure through the wraps.
- The compression therapy helps improve blood circulation and lymphatic flow in the injured area, promoting the removal of metabolic waste products and toxins, and facilitating the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to the tissues.
- This cyclical compression and release mimic natural muscle contractions, aiding in flushing out fluids and reducing swelling more effectively.
By combining cryotherapy and intermittent pneumatic compression therapy, Game Ready maximizes the benefits of both modalities, offering a synergistic effect on the injured tissues. The system allows for controlled, adjustable, and targeted treatment, tailored to the specific injury and the individual’s needs.
The clinically proven Game Ready combines a powerful control unit with a complete range of innovative wraps to integrate active cold and intermittent pneumatic compression. The easy-to-use, portable system out-cools the competition, taking RICE (Rest-Ice-Compression-Elevation) to the next level for your injury or surgery recovery.
The GRPro 2.1 cold and compression system can help reduce opioid consumption, decrease pain and swelling, increase post-op range of motion, and may increase satisfaction with the recovery process.
In fact, the system is now the injury and surgery recovery technology of choice for thousands of leading orthopedic surgeons, physical therapists, and athletic trainers, as well as countless patients, elite athletes, professional sports teams, and special military forces around the world.
In a head-to-head performance comparison, the GRPro 2.1 system provides faster, deeper-penetrating, and longer-lasting cooling compared to traditional Rest-Ice-Compression-Elevation (RICE) methods and other devices. All devices were applied under identical conditions, and all thermal images and skin temperatures were taken immediately after 30 minutes of treatment.
The game ready is especially effective in an acute injury scenario via the below mechanisms;
- 1. Pain relief: The combination of cold therapy and compression therapy provided by Game Ready can help alleviate pain and reduce swelling associated with acute injuries, chronic pain conditions, or post-operative recovery.
- 2. Reduced inflammation: Cold therapy helps to constrict blood vessels and reduce blood flow to the injured area, which can effectively minimize inflammation. By controlling inflammation, Game Ready can contribute to faster healing and recovery.
- 3. Accelerated healing: The cold therapy and compression therapy provided by Game Ready work together to enhance the body’s natural healing processes. Cold therapy helps to decrease cellular metabolism and reduce tissue damage, while compression therapy helps to improve blood circulation and nutrient delivery to the injured area, promoting tissue repair and regeneration.
- 4. Enhanced recovery: Game Ready’s combination of cold and compression therapy can aid in flushing out metabolic waste products and toxins from the injured tissues, thereby improving recovery time and reducing the risk of secondary injury.
- 5. Improved range of motion: By reducing swelling and increasing blood flow, Game Ready can help improve joint mobility and flexibility, allowing for a quicker return to normal function and activities.
- 6. Non-invasive and drug-free: Game Ready offers a non-invasive and drug-free alternative for pain management and recovery, reducing the reliance on medications and their potential side effects.
- 7. Easy to use: Game Ready is designed to be user-friendly and can be easily applied and adjusted to fit various body parts. The system includes control units and a range of anatomically specific wraps that can be tailored to the individual’s needs.
- 8. Versatility: Game Ready can be used for a wide range of injuries, including sprains, strains, fractures, ligament tears, tendonitis, and post-operative recovery. It can be utilized by athletes, as well as non-athletes, for both acute and chronic conditions.