Cryotherapy: what you should know
Cryotherapy is now widely used as its many benefits are highly appreciated. There are two main kinds: localized cold therapy and whole-body treatment.
Many benefits of cryotherapy
Localized treatments are often used for sprains, tendonitis, post-surgical pains, or even fever. The treatment usually involves cold compresses or ice-packs, and it affects the superficial tissues within 5 minutes. For deeper tissue, it can take up to 25 minutes.
Whole-body cryotherapy treatments are favored for chronic conditions; to reduce fatigue and muscle pains in athletes or just anyone who can benefit from it.
The main benefits of cryotherapy include,
reduced inflammation, pain management, edema management, decreased muscle spasms, reduced spasticity, reduced muscle fatigue, vasoconstriction, acute post-surgery pains, increased metabolism, and induced temperature stress (hormones that are released during stress — cortisol, dopamine, and adrenaline — increase the ability to withstand fatigue, pain, and hunger).
Side Effects of Cryotherapy
As with any treatment, cryotherapy does have side effects.
Some people are left with non-lasting unusual sensations such as tingling or numbness following the treatment.
Cryotherapy can cause temporary redness and irritation of the skin. However, this disappears quite quickly.
The whole body Cryotherapy should never exceed 5 minutes as it can cause decreased heart rate and high blood pressure. The vital signs must always be monitored before and during the treatment. Typically treatments do not exceed 3 minutes.
Contraindications of cryotherapy
Avoid any cold therapy for those who have:
A history of heart attacks
Cardiovascular disease or arrhythmias
Circulatory disorders (peripheral arterial or venous disease or DVT)
History of strokes
History of seizures
High blood pressure
Unstable angina pectoris
Acute or chronic kidney diseases
Pacemakers or any metal implants
You must be over 18 to consider Cryotherapy.
That is just a generalization, and of course, every one of us is different. For more information and help regarding cryotherapy, Rocky Mountain, in Denver, stands as the top professionals of Colorado. Just drop in or contact us, it is always our pleasure to help, and we can book your WBC for you. Your satisfaction and well-being is our business.