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 decrease cellular metabolism, decrease the inflammatory reaction (swelling), decrease muscle spasm, while also producing enkephalins to provide pain reduction.
You are likely already familiar with the use of ice to bring down swelling after spraining an ankle or knee, but did you know that ice packs can be beneficial well after you suffer your initial injury?
Treatment and Benefits
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.
We offer cryotherapy services for our patients. We encourage you to learn more about what we provide and how we can help. If you have any questions, please contact us by calling (605) 693-7222. We're always happy to hear from you!