Cryotherapy is a Pain Management treatment that uses a method of localised freezing temperatures upto -160 degrees. The cold therapy is applied to the affected area for about 10-12 minutes to effect the nerve signals and slows down their transmission which may reduce the amount of pain signals to the brain. It causes blood vessels to constrict, which reduces blood flow and alleviates pain, swelling and inflammation.
Cryotherapy for pain Management may be used for:
• Neck/Back pain
• Tennis elbow
• Pain and swelling after a hip or knee replacement
• Runner’s knee
• To treat pain or swelling under a cast or a splint
• Fibromyalgia Treatment
• Arthritis Treatment
The benefits of applying ice include:
• It lowers your skin temperature.
• It reduces the nerve activity.
• It reduces pain and swelling.
Experts believe that cryotherapy can reduce swelling, which is tied to pain. It may also reduce sensitivity to pain. Cryotherapy may be particularly effective when you are managing pain with swelling, especially around a joint or tendon.