Chiropractor located in Brentwood, Los Angeles, CA


Cryotherapy is a noninvasive, outpatient procedure that eases pain and inflammation and promotes healing and recovery. At his Brentwood, California, practice, experienced chiropractor Michael Sheps, DC, uses cryotherapy to treat various musculoskeletal problems, including neck and back pain and sports injuries. Treatment usually takes less than an hour and provides immediate relief. Call the Los Angeles area office today to schedule cryotherapy treatment, or book your appointment online.

How does cryotherapy treat musculoskeletal pain?

Cryotherapy is a noninvasive procedure that exposes a specific body part  like a stiff muscle or injured hamstring  to below-freezing temperatures.

During treatment, Dr. Sheps points a small, hand-held hose at the site of your injury. The hose emits cool, dry air that relieves pain, reduces inflammation, and promotes healing.

Which musculoskeletal problems benefit from cryotherapy?

Dr. Sheps treats various musculoskeletal problems with cryotherapy, including:

  • Back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Sciatica
  • Sprains
  • Dislocated joints
  • Swollen and stiff muscles
  • Tendinitis
  • Bursitis
  • Sports injuries
  • General wear-and-tear

Sometimes, Dr. Sheps prescribes cryotherapy for traumatic injuries like whiplash and broken bones.

How do I prepare for cryotherapy?

Cryotherapy doesn’t require special preparation. During your initial consultation, inform Dr. Sheps about the medications and supplements you take. Some drugs, like blood thinners, increase the risk of bruising, so he might ask you to stop taking them a few days before your procedure.

What does cryotherapy involve?

Cryotherapy typically takes 1-1½ hours, depending on the part of your body receiving treatment. 

When you arrive at the office, Dr. Sheps has you sit or lie on an exam table. He cleans the treatment site and applies a numbing cream to ensure your comfort. Next, he points a small, hand-held hose at the targeted area and pulls a trigger. The trigger releases cold air, exposing your skin to subzero temperatures for 20-60 seconds.

Cryotherapy presents similar results to icing but is much quicker and more effective. Dr. Sheps repeats the same steps several times, activating a nervous system response that promotes healing.

What are the benefits of cryotherapy?

Cryotherapy provides various benefits compared with more invasive procedures, like injections and surgery, including:

  • Faster recovery
  • Quicker pain relief
  • Reduced inflammation
  • Improved circulation
  • Enhanced mobility

Cryotherapy releases endorphins (feel-good chemicals). Many people report they feel happier and more positive after treatment.

How long does it take for cryotherapy to relieve pain?

Most people experience immediate pain relief after cryotherapy. But it can take several days or weeks, depending on how severe your pain is and what’s causing it. Cryotherapy is a cumulative treatment the results add up over time. Dr. Sheps usually recommends at least three cryotherapy sessions.

Call the office of Michael Sheps, DC, today to schedule a cryotherapy appointment, or book your visit online.