Cryotherapy is also called Cold Therapy which means a technique that exposes the body to extremely cold temperatures for several minutes. Cryotherapy can be done to one area of the body or even the whole body. Localized cryotherapy can be done in various ways such as ice massage, ice packs, coolant sprays, ice baths or even probes that can be administered into the tissues. During Cryotherapy, the whole body can be immersed into extremely cold air for several minutes to receive few health benefits. The temperature falls between -200 to -300℉ and the individual will stay in this ultracool temperature for 2 to 4 minutes. Just one Cryotherapy can also be beneficial but it’s most effective is seen when used regularly. Few athletes use Cryotherapy twice daily whereas others use cryotherapy daily for 10 days and then once a month.
The following are a [few benefits of Cryotherapy:
The most common risks associated with Cryotherapy are:
Cryotherapy shouldn’t be used longer than its recommended time. The whole-body cryotherapy should only be done for 2 to 4 minutes whereas localized ice packs should be used no longer than 20 minutes. The icepack should be wrapped in a towel and used to avoid damage to the skin. The individuals who are diabetic or any other condition that alters the nerves should avoid cryotherapy as the feeling of full effect may not be experienced and can lead to nerve damage.