We don’t normally think of ice as a method of healing, unless we’re wanting relief from the heat of the son on a long hot summer day. Cryotherapy (ice), though is an excellent way to help with muscle spasms after injury to the body. This therapy is well known to help numb painful areas as well as provide a cooling relief to affected soft tissues.
The therapy consists of applying cold compresses to the skin to effectively reduce the temperature of the skin thereby constricting the underlying blood vessels. Treatment does not take place during the period of icing but rather once the ice is removed. You see, the body’s reflex response in the area brings blood back and causes damaged cells, toxins and debris to be flushed from the site of injury.
If you are suffering from a muscle spasm or just recently had a soft tissue injury, cryotherapy is an excellent way to help reduce swelling and further injury in the early stages of your healing process. This therapy is rather inexpensive and is something that can be done at home as well as in the office.
Careful Using Ice!
It should be noted that the improper application of ice can result in severe burns…yes, burns to the skin. Consult with your chiropractic physician prior to using ice in order to avoid injury especially to those suffering from circulatory problems, such as the elderly and those with diabetes.