What is Cryotherapy?
Cryotherapy is a term that describes the application of ice, cold towels, ice massage
and compresses to reduce the temperature of tissues directly on or below the surface of the skin.
How does it work?
Surface cooling constricts blood vessels, numbs painful areas, and helps relax muscle spasms.
Cold temperatures reduce nerve transmission of painful symptoms and provide temporary relief.
What does it feel like?
Ice is most often used to manage acute injuries or recent eruptions of chronic conditions. Cooling affected tissues is effective in reducing and preventing post-traumatic swelling.
Local cooling should be applied several times a day during the initial stages of an injury.
Why is it used?
Cryotherapy is inexpensive, readily available, and an easy way to reduce local swelling of inflamed tissues.
Summary of Patient Benefits:
- Helps reduce swelling and inflammation
- Numbs affected area to reduce pain.
- Reduces muscle spasms
- Inexpensive and can be self-applied.
- Consult your doctor before the self-administration of any therapy.
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