What is cryotherapy? Cryotherapy is the use of freezing or near-freezing temperatures to awaken the cold shock proteins in the body. These proteins increase amino acids and tissue building hormones. The body then sends this new amino acid and tissue building rich blood to vital organs and throughout the body, replacing old blood with new toxin-free, tissue-healing blood.
Cryotherapy treatment has been found to have many benefits, some of them immediate and some of them more gradual in nature. Many of the immediate benefits of cryotherapy include increased blood circulation, enhanced immune system, and mood improvement. Another benefit of cryotherapy is injury management. It has been found to be especially helpful with soft tissue injuries. Cryotherapy can help the body manage injuries in several ways, such as:
- Reducing Inflammation and Swelling
- Improving Range of Motion
- Relieving Muscle Pain
- Increasing Energy
- Decreasing Recovery Time
Cryotherapy is most commonly used in treating injuries such as back pain, tendonitis, arthritis pain, sprains, and even assisting hip or knee replacement recovery. It can assist and accelerate recovery after a sports injury while easing the accompanying pain and stress. Adding cryotherapy treatment to the recovery phase of an injury has been found to be an important addition to rehabilitation success.
Depending on the type and severity of the injury, a patient should begin undergoing cryotherapy treatment at different times during recovery. For optimal results, cryotherapy can begin immediately after minor sports injuries. If a patient has undergone surgery, most doctors recommend waiting until the wound has healed before beginning both localized or whole-body cryotherapy.
If you feel cryotherapy treatment may be for you, reach out to Ace Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine to learn more! We will utilize any and all treatment options necessary to get you or your loved one healing bigger and healing better! Reach out for a consultation today!
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