What is Local Cryotherapy?

Local Cryotherapy is used to reduce pain, inflammation, and swelling in targeted areas. Unlike Whole Body Cryotherapy, which triggers an internal systemic anti-inflammatory response, local cryotherapy allows us to treat targeted areas of the body which could be compaired to “icing”, although much more powerful and efficient. Local Cryotherapy is commonly combined with Wholebody Cryotherapy to treat problem areas from both the “inside out” and the “outside in” but can be used independently. Tempuratures can reach as low as -240 Degrees Fahrenheit and treatment lasts 5-10 minutes depending on the area being treated. The local treatment provides to the client a rush of oxygenated blood, a natural analgesic effect and a reduction in muscle tension to the targeted area (Bleakley et al., 2004). Post-treatment, this circulation of blood in the treatment area increases the rates of healing and recovery in the injured tissues (Swenson et al., 1996). Additionally, the  natural analgesic effect provided from the treatment and the relaxation of muscles allows the individual to gradually increase their exercise tolerance, strengthen the muscles and joints reducing the risk of injury in the future (Bleakley et al., 2004).

Local Cryotherapy Benefits

  • Reduced recovery time for injuries
  • Enhances sporting performance
  • Reductions in inflammation
  • Reduction of pain
  • Reduction of spasm
  • Improvement of joint function
  • Decrease in muscle tension
  • Reduction of post traumatic treatments
  • Overall quicker return to training
  • Decreased Fatigue
  • Enhances healing post surgery
  • Improves circulation
  • Decrease swellings
  • Decrease of chronic pain syndrome
  • Enhances recovery of muscle and ligament strains
  • Speeds up recovery of tendon injuries

Local Cryotherapy can be more beneficial then Whole body Cryotherapy if the Client is dealing with a specific injury, area of concern or if they are unable to do Whole Body Cryotherapy due to specific contraindications. This area is commonly seen in individuals that have sustained an injury, a strain, pulled muscle or recovering from surgery. Combining Whole Body Cryotherapy with Local Cryotherapy can be very beneficial for those suffering from chronic inflammatory conditions.

Where Is Local Cryotherapy Typically Applied

  • Knees
  • Elbows
  • Hands
  • Neck
  • Back
  • Shoulder
  • Ankles
  • Face and Scalp

Who Will Benefit From Local Cryotherapy

Anyone suffering from chronic pain due to arthritis or any inflammatory conditions, athletes who may be at higher risk of injury, or if you are recovery from an injury or post surgery looking to recover quicker. If you are unsure if this will help you, call us and speak to one of our Cryotherapy specialist to help you.