Ice pack cryotherapy consists of applying cold compresses to the skin, both to reduce its temperature and constrict blood vessels in the area. Applied to fresh injuries, it can help reduce pain, swelling, and inflammation.
You are likely already familiar with the use of ice to bring down swelling after spraining an ankle or knocking your shin. But did you know that ice pack cryotherapy can be beneficial well after you suffer your initial injury?
Treatment and Benefits
Ice pack cryotherapy is an an excellent way to help with muscle spasms, and is known to help numb painful areas while providing a cooling relief to the affected soft tissues. Commonly used in sports medicine, its power to ease pain and decrease inflammation can be helpful to those in rehabilitation programs for injuries or who have chronic pain.
Cold packs should be applied for 15-30 minutes as often as once per hour. A light cloth of t-shirt material should be between you and the cold pack to help prevent condensation on the skin.
Interested in learning more about the power of ice pack cryotherapy? Contact your chiropractor for an appointment today.