What is Local Cryotherapy?
Local Cryotherapy is used to reduce pain, inflammation, and swelling in targeted areas. Unlike Whole Body Cryotherapy, which stimulates cold receptors all over the body in order to trigger an internal systemic anti-inflammatory response, local cryotherapy allows us to treat a specific location and is much more powerful and efficient than traditional ice baths. Patients frequently combine this application with Whole Body Cryotherapy, to treat problem areas both from the “inside out” as well as from the “outside in”. With temperatures as low as -240 degrees Fahrenheit, a local cryotherapy treatment generally takes about 5-10 minutes depending on the area treated. A local cryotherapy treatment provides the patient with a rush of oxygenated blood, a natural analgesic effect and a reduction in muscle tension in the treatment area. Post treatment, the microcirculation in the treatment area provide muscles with increased rates of healing and recovery, and the natural analgesic effect and relaxation of muscles allows the patient to increase their exercise tolerance, as well as strengthen the muscles and joints to reduce the possibility of injury in the future.