Cryotherapy For Physical Therapy
Matthew has over 20 years of experience working in physical therapy, rehabilitation, and sports medicine treating high school, collegiate, and professional athletes.
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188 E Post Rd, White Plains, NY 10601
Cryotherapy is the treatment that uses cold to treat a part of the body in case of an injury. It can also be used for athletes who have undergone sports rehabilitation therapy. You must have seen or used ice packs, which are the most common form of cryotherapy. Ice massage, used on its own or with electrical currents, is another effective method of cryotherapy.
Cryotherapy is known to be one of the oldest methods of physical therapy. Not only is it fast-acting, but it also has long-lasting effects. It also helps increase your blood flow and cellular metabolism, which greatly helps in the healing process.
At Fit Physical Therapy, you can get various physical disorders and injury-related pains treated using cryotherapy. Our certified cryotherapists strive to reduce your pain and keep it away for good.
At Fit Physical Therapy, our cryotherapy process starts with gauging your pain level and analyzing the condition of your targeted area. Once this is done, our experts determine the scope of healing by using cryotherapy, and determine whether it would be an effective method or not. Once the decision is made in favor of cryotherapy, there are various ways in which it can be administered, such as:
It is the most common method for cryotherapy and is also portable and cost-effective. Ice packs come with different types of ice in them, such as cubed ice, crushed ice, or wetted ice. Each of them has a different kind of effectiveness, and our therapists determine which one to use based on the target area and the pain level.
This is most commonly used in sports injuries and is also found with physical therapists who work with teams or athletes. Once sprayed on the targeted area, it produces a cooling effect that lowers the temperature of your affected area and provides a soothing effect. However, this is more suitable for small injuries.
This is one of the most common methods that we use for the recovery and healing of people with significant pain, or back injuries, physical defects, or dysfunctionalities. The patient is immersed in a container filled with ice, and it can either be steady or rotate in a whirlpool motion. It lowers the patient’s body temperature, facilitating the healing process in your targeted area. Moreover, it also ensures that the pain is gone for a longer time.
If recommended by our therapists, you may also receive an ice massage for a duration of time, which involves slow and circular strokes. This is effective for treating athletes with sports injuries or recurring pain in their back.
Cryotherapy Can Treat
Here are some conditions that can be effectively treated by the use of cryotherapy:
- Ankle, Muscular, or Ligament Sprain
- Acute Sports Injuries
- Acute Swelling
- Post-Orthopedic Surgery
- Myofascial Trigger Points
These are some of the conditions that can be completely treated or alleviated with cryotherapy, but as research progresses, new applications for this form of therapy will become common.
Benefits of Cryotherapy For Physical Therapy
By using cryotherapy for physical therapy, our physical therapists have helped many patients, especially athletes, to restore their form and get rid of their injuries faster than the normal healing time.
Here are some of the known and recognized benefits of cryotherapy for physical therapy:
- Quick Relief from Pain
- Significant Reduction in Swelling or Inflammation
- A decrease in Surface Temperature (which speeds up healing)
- Highly Effective Against Soft Tissue Injuries