How does Ice Therapy work?
Ice therapy works to increase blood circulation which promotes healing and relaxing of your muscles. Ice Therapy helps in the transfer of oxygen to your muscle tissue and thus helps your body repair any damage. Your Physio will recommend a suitable time, placement and duration for Ice Therapy.
Ice Therapy is also used in conjunction with other Physio treatment programmes to relieve pain such as Rheumatic pain, Back & Neck pain, Sprains and Muscle stiffness. Depending on your needs, our Chartered Physiotherapists can determine if and when IceTherapy is right for you.
Key aspects of Ice Therapy
The key aspects of cold or ice therapy within an overall Physiotherapy treatment are:
- Cold therapy can also reduce muscle spasms by making muscles less sensitive to being stretched
- Cold is noted for killing pain (‘deadening’ of nerve-cell activity)Cold reduces swelling (Combined with compression).
- Cold initially constricts the walls of blood vessels and compression restricts the amount of blood which can reach an injured body part.
- Cold lowers metabolic activity
- Studies show that cold produces large decreases in oedema (swelling) and a good reduction in discomfort.
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