What is Cryotherapy?
Cryotherapy is a term that describes the application if ice, cold towels, ice massage and compresses to reduce the temperature of tissues directly below the surface of the skin.
How does Cryotherapy work?
Surface cooling constricts blood vessels, numbs painful areas, and relaxes muscle spasms. Colder temperatures reduce nerve transmission of painful symptoms and provide temporary relief.
When should Cryotherapy be used?
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 Cryotherapy used?
Cryotherapy is inexpensive, readily available, and an easy way to reduce local swelling of inflamed tissues.