Experts believe that cryotherapy can reduce swelling – and swelling is tied to pain. Cryotherapy may also reduce sensitivity to pain and may be particularly effective when you are managing pain with swelling, especially around a joint or tendon. Contact us today to learn how Chill + Heal Cryotherapy can help your recovery process be a pain free and non-invasive journey.
Cryotherapy and Pain Management
The use of cold for the benefit of health is found world wide from athletic locker rooms to doctor’s offices. Could cryotherapy benefit you? We believe the answer is Yes, 100%!
Cryotherapy “Cold Therapy” is the “I” component of R.I.C.E. (rest, ice, compression, and elevation). This is a treatment recommended for the home care of many injuries, particularly ones caused by sports. The analgesic (pain-relieving) effects of cryotherapy are related to three specific changes in the body.
How Cryotherapy Interrupts the Pain Cycle
First, the nerve signal transmission is slowed. Reducing the amount of nerve signals getting through to the brain might relieve pain in some individuals.
Second, nor-epinephrine levels increase after cold immersion. This stress-induced chemical reduces pain sensitivity as a protective mechanism in times of life-or-death situations.
Finally, cryotherapy can reduce pain intensity and frequency by reducing inflammation.
Cryotherapy is a great pain management alternative when the following are considered:
1. Cryotherapy is an all-natural treatment.
2. When medication is no longer effective.
3. Side effects from medication are too great.
4. Alternative to surgery.