When should you be using cryotherapy?
Cryotherapy is often used as first-aid, right after the injury happened. The cold will help reduce the pain, the swelling and the inflammation. It can also be very beneficial during treatment when alternated with some kind of heat (warming up the injured area). Knowing what therapy to use (warm, cold or mix) usually depends on the kind of injuries. You will want to use cold therapy or mix if you suffer from an acute injury (those which result from traumatic incidents; a fall or twisting movement for example). However, if you suffer from a chronic injury (not sudden), you might want to warm up the injured area.
The benefits of using cryotherapy for sport injuries
Sport injuries are usually acute injuries and in that case, using cryotherapy is very helpful. We mentioned earlier a few reasons to treat by the cold, but there are way more! The main idea is that cryotherapy will help reduce the pain and accelerate recovery, but how does it actually work? How is it possible?
The cold effect on your injury will help and limit the pain by:
- Reducing the swelling
- Decreasing muscle spasms
- Reducing inflammation
- Reducing metabolic activity
- Improving blood circulation (and elimination of toxins)
- Increasing oxygen flow and delivery to the injured area
Using cryotherapy can be very beneficial, not only to reduce the pain, but to heal faster and in better conditions. You might also avoid or greatly reduce the use of painkillers and maintain all of your focus and energy to recover!
Suffering from an injury is never fun, and it can become an important issue if your job is physically intense and asks the best of you. Regardless of how frustrating it can be, it is always primordial to take the time to correctly recover and to not rush into anything. Using cryotherapy might be the solution or part of the solution, but don’t forget to always make sure you are totally healed and ready to go!
Whether you need just a boost of energy or are looking for a painless physical therapy after an injury or surgery, San Diego Cryotherapy is the place to visit.
The only center in the area to be certified by Cryohealthcare Inc., San Diego Cryotherapy offers services of the utmost quality in terms of technology and safety standards.