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The Benefits of Zamar Ice Free Machines For Physio Care

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Zamar therapy applies the same tried and tested therapeutic principals as ice packs, ice baths and hot packs. However, it does so with never before seen ease-of-use, the continual flow of glycol means the temperature can be maintained more effectively for longer periods of time, accuracy and consistency, which improves the treatment effectiveness.


Programmable for constant temperature, the Zamar system is easy to operate and can replace all existing applications for ice and hot/cold packs. The self-contained Zamar unit circulates specially formulated coolant (glycol) to the area being treated whilst providing a massaging effect for added therapeutic benefit.

ZamarUK clinic tableTraditions vs. Zamar Therapy methods

The ZT Clinic unit can also utilize the combined Cryotherapy and Thermotherapy in fast sequences in a process known as Thermal Shock. The ZT Clinic will change from 0°C to 40°C in approximately 60 seconds. Get back faster with ZAMAR Therapy, Crushed ICE was compared to continuous flow cold therapy for control of postoperative pain after arthroscoic anterior cruciate ligement (ACL) reconstruction, compared to crushed ice continuous flow cold therapy (Zamar) lowered VAS and Likert pain scores, decreasing  up to 60% of recovery times

Zamar’s key advantage is its flexibility. Should you wish to apply heat or cold, the Zamar system can be programmed to deliver the treatment precisely and easily. All Zamar units come pre-programmed with a range of treatments developed in conjunction with specialist in Orthopedics and Physiotherapy 

The dynamic management of temperature and the advantages of Zamar Therapy

• If you are recovering from an injury or an operation, Zamar Therapy plays a role in enhancing recovery time by up to 60%

• Zamar Therapy is a simple therapeutic method, non-invasive, non-aggressive

• Cryotherapy is essential during the acute stage of the trauma as shown using the R.I.C.E. protocols

• Thermo-Cryo kinetic – the combination of warm and cold during the sub-acute stage, enables faster reduction of edema and an increase of the elasticity

• Targeted and selected – each body part is precisely treated through anatomic wraps

• Constant temperature – the temperature can be set from -5°C to +45°C alternating cold and warm cycles

• Pressure/Massage, function – Setting the internal pressure within the thermo wrap and provides lymphatic massage on the treated part

• Programmable cycles – thanks to the touch screen it is possible to utilize the pre-set cycles for varying treatments or create your own protocols, using a USB device


When the term Cryotherapy is used, it refers to the use of cold for treatment purposes;  cold, thanks to its analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties is able to anaesthetize a painful muscle or joint for a certain period of time. The use of intermittent cryotherapy following an injury decreases the repercussions resulting from inflammation or a tear of muscle fibers, especially when dealing with acute musculoskeletal injuries. The biological changes stimulated by cryotherapy combined together lead to the indicated therapeutic effects:

Combined with compression, cold can produce dramatic drops in tissue swelling, because cold initially constricts the walls of blood vessels and compression restricts the amount of blood which can reach an injured body part.

Reduces metabolic activity and cellular demand for oxygen to reduce tissue damage.

Mimics muscle contractions, pumping oedema out of the injured area.

Stimulates tissue healing.

Increases blood flow and delivery of oxygen to the injury site.

Optimises lymphatic drainage.

Anti-oedematous effect: cryotherapy is widely recognised, for treating oedemas, in particular post-injury ones. This anti-oedem effect is connected with the anti-phlogistic action and vasoconstriction which reduces blood extra vasalation of the tissues.

Antalgic effect: the perception of pain is reduced since the cold obstructs the nerve endings, slowing down nerve conduction of the algogenic impulses and limiting local inflammatory phenomena.

Muscle relaxant effect: cryotherapy, reduces muscle tone and spasticity. To achieve these outcomes, cryotherapy sessions need to be sufficiently long; otherwise when applications are too short, they act on the nociceptors which cause reflex muscle guarding.


Heat increases tissue elasticity. This outcome is clearly visible on the joint capsules, tendons, muscles and in the structures where there is a strong presence of collagen fibers. It is also known that heat is able to catalyze all of the body’s biochemical reactions and to significantly increase the amount of oxygen and nutrients in the tissues: this leads to a development of metabolism for the treated part. The treatment which uses heat can be employed in various situations, bearing in mind that its use is intended for injuries where the acute phase has ended. The use of heat is beneficial in cases of oedema caused by vein or lymph stasis. This type of treatment is also suitable for improving and speeding up the healing of tissues in cases of muscle, tendon and ligament contusions, sprains, bursitis, tears and strains. The application of heat also makes it possible to handle spasms caused by muscle fatigue since it helps, get rid of the lactic acid which collects in the muscle.

Thermotherapy effects:

Hemodynamic effect: heat increases blood flow which helps to eliminate the waste which accumulates in tissues, thus increasing oxygenation and obtaining a better intake of nutrients.

Metabolic effect: thanks to heat, the body’s biochemical reactions are faster.

Analgesic and muscle relaxing effect: the heat is able to lower the activity of chronic peripheral pain receptors.

Increase in tissue viscoelastic properties: heat increases tissue elasticity.

The Contrast Therapy or Thermal Shock

ZamarUK Cryotherapy and ThermotherapyCryotherapy and Thermotherapy

The combined use of Cryotherapy and Thermotherapy in quick succession – from 0° to 40° C in about 60 seconds – creates a vasoconstriction followed by a vasodilation on the treated area. 

There are several benefits:

Indirect analgesic effect

Increase of microcirculation at connective level

Facilitation of muscle setting

Reduction of stiffness connective tissues

Inhibitory action on trigger-points

Effective vascular exercise and increase of local circulation

The application of cold is highly recommended for various types of musculoskeletal contusions, soft tissue injuries and tears. There are at least two purposes to pursue with the use of cold: a reduction of the perception of pain and a decrease of the effusion of liquids

A wrap for each requirement

Cold and warm is conveyed through insulated pipes and insulated thermo wraps ,secured with Velcro strips

Anatomic wraps remain soft in any condition and can be easily adapted to the part to be treated. Zamar Therapy offers a comprehensive range of thermo wraps specific for each part of the body

Zamar’s anatomic wraps allow a perfect transfer of the warm and cold on the part of the body being treated thanks to the anatomic shape that increases the contact with the body surface.

The wraps are available in disposable sterile packs for hospital use or supplied with a “non-woven fabric” sheet for sterile use on more than one patient.

Arm Thermal Wrap

ZamarUK arm thermal wrapThe hi-tech fabric maintains the wrap’s flexibility and softness even when used at with sub-zero temperatures, as applied during the acute stage, so avoiding the burning from cold. Through the Zamar wraps it is possible to apply a pressure, alternating or continuous, programmable from the control panel for an important lymphatic function.Specific wraps are available each body part : shoulder, elbow, hand, wrist, abdomen, face, thorax-breast, hip, thigh, knee and ankle. Zamar’s continual work with Hospitals and specialists enables continuous developments and improvement with new wraps

Simplicity and full control

Operators have access to a number of preset programs that allow the application of the therapies. The operator may also freely create and store his own specific programs/protocols, adapted to meet the needs of his patients.

New touch screen monitor

ZamarUK Physio Control Unit

As well as using the touch screen. The intuitive touch-screen interface, with simple icons and graphics, allows the operator to use the system to its full capability by constantly monitoring the patient.

The touch screen uses an amorphous silicon TFT display which makes it easy to read even in critical light conditions and can be used by the operator wearing gloves.


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