What is cold therapy?
Cold therapy, also known as cryotherapy, is a pain relief method with multiple modes of application, such as cold-water soaks, gel packs, refillable ice bags and instant cold packs.
Cold therapy works by applying cold to a particular area to reduce blood circulation which can help significantly reduce the inflammation and swelling that causes pain, especially around a joint or tendon.
It can also numb nerve endings, dulling the pain messages that are sent to the brain. Practicing cold therapy in the appropriate situations is a great alternative to using painkillers, and it also contributes to an increase in cellular survival rates.