What is Cold Therapy and How Does it Work?
In much of the opposite to heat therapy, with cold therapy of ‘cryotherapy’, the aim is to reduce the blood flow from a certain affected area. This is done to encourage reduction in swelling, inflammation and subsequently the pain.
It is also understood that the drop in temperature in the surrounding nerved can reduce or block pain signals back to the brain which in turn is also a pain relieving method.
Cold therapy is often done in a couple of ways - either through cold packs applied to the skin or through ice baths.
The ice baths are commonly used in sports for athletes after an intense workout for a full body treatment.
How to Use Cold Therapy
Cold therapy is recommended to be applied in short stints unlike heat therapy and a maximum of 20 minutes is advised and this can be repeated multiple times throughout the day.
It is important to note that ice packs or cold packs should not have direct contact with skin, therefore wrapping these in a towel first is strongly advised to prevent any further damage to that particular area.