Cryotherapy sounds scary and futuristic, but it’s really just a synonym for using ice on inflamed areas. It’s actually one of the oldest forms of “medicine.” That bag of frozen peas your mom gave you for your bruised knee? That’s (very) basic cryotherapy.
Cryotherapy is meant to help with muscle spasms and numbing painful areas, plus it provides cooling relief to affected soft tissue. The therapy works by pressing cold compresses on the skin to reduce the temperature of the skin and constrict blood vessels in the area.
Cryotherapy is a great way to relieve swelling and reduce potential further injury in the early stages of healing. It’s especially great for those suffering from muscle spasms or who recently suffered a soft tissue injury. Another great asset of this therapy is that it’s inexpensive and something that can be done at home as well as at our office.