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What is cryotherapy?

Cryotherapy is a term designating the application of ice or cold compresses in order to reduce the temperature of tissues below or on the surface of the skin.

How does it work?

Lowering the temperature produces a constriction (reduction of the diameter) of the blood vessels, which numbs the zones with pains and helps to relax muscles. A cold temperature reduces the nervous transmissions of pain and therefore allows for temporary relief.

How do patients react to cryotherapy?

Ice is often used in cases of acute injuries or during the recent exacerbation of a chronic condition. The cooling of tissues is effective in reducing and preventing post-traumatic swelling. Local applications of ice should be repeated many times daily in the event of a recent injury.

Why do we use ice?

Ice is an easy and effective way to reduce the swelling in tissues during inflammation.

Benefits for patients

  • Helps to reduce edemas and swelling
  • Numbs the region in order to reduce pain
  • Reduces muscular spasms