Have you ever put a frozen pack of peas on an injury? Cold compress has been a widely recognized therapy to reduce pain and inflammation. However, a more effective method taking over the scene: Cryotherapy! This therapy operates on similar principles to ice application since it can be used as a localized treatment but it is much colder. Cryotherapy has been used in many parts of the world for decades with benefits including injury/workout recovery, skin health, overall wellness, surgery recovery and weight loss. In the United States, cryotherapy has most commonly been used for its advantages in sports recovery.
There are two common types of cryotherapy: Localized and Whole Body Cryotherapy. Local Cryotherapy uses a small handheld device that applies a fine mist of chilled air to a specific body part or facial. Local cryotherapy is used to reduce pain/inflammation/swelling, repair tissue damage, enhance blood circulation, and improve skin tone. Cryotherapy also uses cold laser to stimulate the release of special proteins that speed up recovery.
Local Cryotherapy for Injury and Rehabilitation is commonly used if one has a sprained, strained, or pulled muscle, is recovering post surgery, or is an athlete who has sustained an overuse injury. Local cryotherapy penetrates past the top layers of the skin to provide an efficient, powerful, more comfortable treatment over traditional applied ice treatments. This type of cryotherapy can be applied to any specific injured part of the body such as ankles, shoulders, feet, elbows, knees, and necks.
Local Cryotherapy is commonly applied to the following body parts:
- Feet – Plantar Fascia, Morton’s Neuroma
- Calves, Ankles and Achilles- Sprain, Tendonitis
- Shoulders- Rotator Cuff, Labral Injury
- Elbows- Epicondylitis
- Neck- Whiplash injuries, disc degeneration
- Back Pain – Lower Back Pain, Upper Back- Trapezius/Rhomboid Pain
- Lower Extremities- Hamstrings, Quadriceps
- Knees- Arthritis, ligamentous injury
The severity and chronicity of the injured area will dictate the number of treatments necessary.
Cryotherapy Facial Benefits:
- Blood flow and circulation is enhanced helping to:
- Stimulates collagen production leading to firmer, smoother, and more elastic skin
- Diminishes fine lines and wrinkles
- Improve acne and superficial scarring
- Reduce pore size and tighten skin producing a refreshed facial glow
- Reduce puffiness
- Ameliorate skin conditions, such as Rosacea, Psoriasis, Dermatitis and Eczema
Most patients feel great after the first treatment and their pores have tightened. Many people actually use the treatment right before they go out at night or before an event where they want to look their best. Typically we recommend 5-10 treatments for maximum effects.
Cryotherapy’s benefits go far beyond inflammation, too. Short bursts of cold therapy can also increase antioxidants, which help immune function, optimize cellular function, and protect the tissues. Typically treatment takes between 4 and 12 minutes. To learn more or try out a treatment schedule today by calling the office or booking online.