Q: What is Cryotherapy?
A: Cryotherapy is a term that describes the application of ice, cold towels ice massage and compresses to reduce the temperature of the tissues directly below the surface of the skin.
Q: How does Cryotherapy work?
A: 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.
Q: What does Cryotherapy feel like?
A: 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.
Q: Why is Cryotherapy used?
A: Cryotherapy is inexpensive, readily available, and an easy way to reduce local swelling of inflamed tissues.
- Helps reduce swelling and inflammation
- Numbs affected area to reduce pain
- Reduces muscle spasms
- Inexpensive and can be self-applied