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).