Do you have an injury? Are you fed up with being in pain?
Did you know that cryotherapy has many other health benefits?
If you’ve ever put an ice pack on a muscle injury, you’ve used a predecessor of cryotherapy. It’s proven to be an exciting treatment that can speed up not only weight loss but heal muscle pain, reduce inflammation and assist in emotional wellbeing.
It can provide a safe and natural way of decreasing inflammation whilst accelerating the healing of damaged soft tissue and sore joints. Think of it as an extreme version of an ice pack or ice bath but faster, more efficient and way more comfortable.
Cryotherapy reduces inflammation in muscles, tendons, ligaments and rheumatoid arthritis by improving blood circulation thus relieving pain. It has also the ability to improve skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema due to its anti-inflammatory effects.
Cryotherapy treatments help athletes who complete intense workouts to train harder and recover faster. It not only enhances performance and reduces recovery time, but prevents injuries by improving flexibility, mobility and stability.
Muscle inflammation is a natural immunological reaction of the body that arises when the body is exposed to more intense activities than normal during which the muscle is under stress and turns acidic. During this physiological process, muscle micro-injuries are formed and the body activates its defensive system in order to repair them. Inflammation usually occurs between 24-48 hours after training. It is manifested with feelings of pain, sprain and stiffness of the muscle.
The work that muscle can perform depends on its oxygen-rich blood supply. When oxygen is lacking, lactic acid is accumulated, compromising pH balance and making micro-injuries emerge.
In order for the body to repair the lesions, numerous bio-chemical processes are activated. One of them is to raise blood around the injured muscle and to activate cells called macrophages, able to remove the body’s waste. Macrophages are accumulated around the damaged muscle, trying to remove the damage. The concentration of nitric oxide increases, resulting in vasodilation and deliver of substances involved in the development and regeneration of the muscles.
Injury & Pain Management
ACL Tear and other knee injuries
Muscle strain is a rather serious lesion causing the breaking of some fibres that make up muscle. This injury is generally caused by excessive stress (sudden contractions or sprint) and is quite common in sports. Muscle strains often occur in poor training or when the muscle is particularly tired or unprepared to support the effort.
Cryotherapy treatment is designed to soothe muscle pain and contain swelling. It performs a muscle relaxant action by reducing constriction, it blocks lactic acid production and slows down the metabolism of muscle tissues and their deterioration following the athletic effort.
Muscle pain affects a large body area, the most common are those on shoulders, back (lumbar area especially) and legs.
Pain and Swelling
Joint pain is a very common and often underestimated disorder and is generally an alarm bell, the symptom that something is not working as it should in our joints.
These are pains located within an apparently healthy joint that does not show tangible signs of arthritis or swelling.
Joint pain may occur in the hands, legs, arms, feet, knees, back and may be accompanied by itching, redness and swelling, depending on the elements involved and the triggering cause.