Cryotherapy is the application of ice, cold towels, ice massage or compresses with the intent of reducing temperatures of tissues directly on or below the skin’s surface.
How does Cryotherapy work?
Cooling causes the blood vessels to constrict, numbs painful areas and helps to relax muscle spasms. It also reduces nerve transmission of painful symptoms and provides temporary relief. It is frequently used to manage acute injuries and recent eruptions of chronic conditions. During the initial stages of an injury, cryotherapy should be applied several times a day.
Why is Cryotherapy used?
Cryotherapy is inexpensive, readily available, and an easy way to reduce local swelling of inflamed tissues.
What are the benefits of Cryotherapy?
Cryotherapy helps to reduce swelling, inflammation and muscle spasms as well as numbing the affected area. It is inexpensive and the patient can self apply the therapy.