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Cryotherapy is the application of cold temperatures to the body for pain relief and health. It can take the form of an ice pack, frozen gel pack, ice bath or direct ice application over a closed traumatic or edematous injury to absorb heat, using conduction to transfer thermal energy.


Physiologically, cold decreases muscle spindle fiber activity, slows nerve conduction velocity, desensitizes nerves and constricts local blood vessels. Our physical therapist is able to exploit these phenomena utilizing the cryotherapy techniques mentioned earlier to successfully treat conditions like muscle spasms (spasticity), myalgia (pain) and bursitis (inflammation).