Cryotherapy for Arthritis
Cryotherapy for arthritis sounds too wild to be true, yet it may be the primary treatment of the future for this terrible ailment that touches 1 out of 5 adults in the US. How can cold bring such a relief?
Cryotherapy has been around for a very long time
Cold therapy for pain has been around for a very long time; it can be traced as far back as 2500 BC. However, Cryotherapy, as we know it today, was invented in Japan in 1978. Its many benefits for treating sportsmen injuries are well known, but the use of cryotherapy to treat arthritis is only just beginning to emerge and is beginning to show impressive results.
How does cryotherapy work on arthritis?
There are two kinds of therapy for arthritis, heat, and cold. Cold is the one that is strongly recommended in the case of acute pain. Cold not only causes blood vessels to constrict, it also decreases blood flow and reduces inflammation. Cold also slows down the production of synovial joint fluids, which means less swelling and discomfort. Finally cold affects the sensory receptors, and less transmission of pain is signaled to the brain.
Cryotherapy, the new alternative approach for arthritis
The number of people affected by arthritis continues to grow, and solutions are needed. Cryotherapy is not a cure, but because preliminary studies have shown that it can ease inflammation, swelling, and pain considerably, it is sure to become the prime treatment of the future.
It is still early, and research is still going on, however so far the results have been very encouraging.
Pain relief is our business in Rocky Mountain Cryotherapy. If you need more advice about our services or would like to make a reservation, please give us a call, and we will gladly assist you and help you decide what is best for you.