Cryotherapy (Cold Therapy)
- Cold therapy alleviates pain and swelling after an injury.
- This therapy is preferred for spinal pain within the first 72 hours.
- Cryotherapy decreases the flow of fluid into tissues while slowing chemicals that inflame and cause pain.
- Cold therapy is able to reduce swelling, bleeding and nerve ending conduction of pain impulses.
- Deep tissue cooling with ice can reduce any muscle spasm by lessening muscle contraction.
Thermotherapy (Heat Therapy)
- Heat is often calming because of its nature to decrease the transmission of pain signals and the ability to calm tense muscles.
- Heat opens blood vessels near the painful areas. This adds oxygen and nutrient flow to the muscles, allowing to heal damaged tissue.
- Heat also reduces stiffness and adds flexibility which is most important in a healthy back to help you regain your quality of life.
Cryotherapy/Thermotherapy Combined (Hot/Cold/Hot Therapy)
Combining hot and cold therapy is generally preferred. This combination generates blood flow stimulation by drawing blood into a swollen and painful area with heat and driving out the blood with cooling therapy.