Cryotherapy is an excellent way to help with muscle spasms in the body. This therapy is well known to help numb painful areas as well as provide a cooling relief to affected soft tissues. The therapy consists of applying cold compresses on to the skin to effectively reduce the temperature of the skin as well as constrict the blood vessels in the area.
If you are suffering from a muscle spasm or just recently had a soft tissue injury, cryotherapy is an excellent way to help reduce swelling and further injury in the early stages of your healing process. This therapy is rather inexpensive and is something that can be done at home as well as in the office.
Proper usage of cryotherapy:
ACUTE: apply ice for 15-20 minutes every hour
SUB-ACUTE: apply ice for 15-20 minutes every 2-3 hours
- Less than 15 minutes is not effective to deep muscles and nerves
- More than 20 minutes can do harm rather than help heal
- 20 MINUTES IS THE MAXIMUM!!