Cryotherapy is the local or general use of low temperatures in medical therapy. Cryotherapy is used to treat a variety of benign and malignant tissue damage, medically called lesions. The term "cryotherapy" comes from the Greek cryo (κρύο) meaning cold, and therapy (θεραπεία) meaning cure. Cryotherapy has been used as early as the seventeenth century. The goal of this theraphy is to increase cellular survival, decrease inflammation, decrease pain and spasm, promote the constriction of blood vessels (vasoconstriction).
Pain mangement and inflammation
Localized Cryotherapy is applied to the affected area via a hose exposing the area to cool, dry air vapors reaching subzero temperatures, to decrease pain and inflammation and facilitate faster tissue recovery. By quickly cooling the affected tissue it stimulate a strong circulatory response back throughout the affected area very quickly thereby lowering inflammation, lactic acid as well as to activate an essential nervous system response to the area promoting healing.
Localized Cryotherapy, targeted to a specific muscle area or spasm can be applied via a localized device for a twenty second to one minute period. Localized cold air treatments reach -25° to -40° F. This has been demonstrated to produce more beneficial results compared to normal fifteen-to-twenty minute localized icing. Cold air is deployed by an application hose enabling precision cooling to the affected area and the exact delivery of airflow dosage to the skin.
Our localized cryotherapy devices take in ambient room-temperature air and chills it before delivering it to the specific areas of the body undergoing application. An example of localized treatment would occur with a hamstring injury or elbow tendon pain. Treatment times vary, but are generally under 1 minute. Using our devices, localized cryotherapy can quickly and effectively deliver treatment with precision to troubled areas.