Many medical professionals recommend cold compresses to treat muscle pain, joint aches and sports injuries. Cold compresses are part of cryotherapy. Local cryo is the use of low temperatures in a specific area to speed up healing. At Advanced Cryo NYC, we offer local and whole-body cryotherapy to treat a wide array of injuries and conditions.
Benefits Of Cryotherapy
While whole-body cryotherapy is used mostly to treat skin conditions, local treatments are better for injuries, aches and chronic pain. This special cold therapy draws blood to injured areas, which contributes to faster healing. If you recently had surgery, you may benefit from this therapy. It is commonly used to speed up the healing process with muscles and connective tissues in joints. Today, cryotherapy is also used for treating migraine headaches. It is used for a wide array of other conditions and diseases that you may never think of. However, we especially recommend it for treating chronic or acute joint pain.
Local Cryo Considerations For Joint Pain And Healing
Many people assume that applying ice packs at home will suffice for a joint injury or pain relief. However, the process of cold application for healing is more scientific than most people assume. For example, many people damage their skin by using a compress that is too cold and does not provide a proper barrier between the skin and the compress.
Another way that people hinder the healing process is by applying the cold compress for too long or not long enough. The type and severity of the injury will determine how long cold applications should last. Leaving the compress on for too long can damage connective tissue in the joints and supporting muscle tissue. If you are recovering from surgery, you can actually worsen your condition by using excessive cold therapy. In some cases, a detrimental immune response may be triggered by excessive use. Also, some people apply cold packs too often. For example, someone who needs a cold pack only twice per day may apply it every hour. This can cause damage even if the pack is left on for a short amount of time during each interval.
Why Use Professional Cryo
If you have a joint injury, do not use home ice packs. Damage to your muscles and joints can become permanent, and this is especially true if you are perpetuating damage when there is already an injury. Damaged joints can limit your mobility, and people who have limited mobility are at risk for obesity, physical disabilities and long-term illnesses. Since your joints and muscles are vital to your quality of life, we stress professional treatment for any injury or condition. Only a professional can recommend the ideal treatment plan for you.
At Advanced Cryo NYC, our specialists are trained to assess your injury and recommend a personalized treatment plan. This gives you the assurance that you are receiving quality local cryo using the proper number of intervals and an ideal duration for application. If your pain or injury is in your joints, back, head, neck or any other specific region, our local cryotherapy treatments will help you heal faster and relieve the pain.