I have seen athletes submerging their muscles in ice cold water bath. You may have seen such scenarios too. While they may seem awkward, they are not. This process is what we call benefits of cold therapy.
Cold therapy may be a no-go zone for many people. However, it turns out that seemingly crazy idea has some cool health benefits behind it.
Also known as cryotherapy, cold therapy, is a unique healing technique, which exposes your body to these extremely cold temps within a stipulated timeline. It is good at providing a number of benefits including:
If I have a knee injury, practicing cold therapy will reduce the blood flow to this injured/targeted body part for a period of time. By doing so, this form of therapy will lessen any form of inflammation, nerve activity, and swelling.
In turn, it will relieve the pain that I was feeling around my knee tendons, muscles and joints. The process doesn’t always have to be expensive. There are several localized cryotherapy options that you can resort to instead of full-body icy bath including:
Like I have mentioned here, there are many benefits to cold therapy. In this section, I will give you some of them. Take a look.
After undergoing a surgical process, it might take you some time to get back on your feet. No one will give you an exact timeline of how long you may take. Even so, the use of cold therapy will make the recovery quick.
Many practicing doctors will, therefore, recommend the use of cryotherapy as a form of post-surgical rehabilitation. The reason behind this is simple. Cold therapy is good at reducing pain through the process of managing swelling and inflammation around the affected area.
Due to that, cold therapy can easily help any surgical patients to quickly achieve their normal body functions after surgery or any form of soft tissue trauma.
Another thing that cold therapy will guarantee is muscle rejuvenation after long hours in the gym. The cold therapy treatment is good at helping the overworked muscles to repair themselves and also to prepare for your gym training session.
In fact, cryotherapy will help you to reduce any form of muscle pain to a tune of 80 percent like many doctors have observed. This is a good way of maximizing your performance rate and improving your general output.
As such, when you incorporate cold therapy into your regular post-workout plan, cryotherapy can easily help you to reduce the longer recovery period. It will also help you to improve your performance on wards.
Cold therapy can also provide a very effective relief when it comes to minor injuries. These types of injuries may include the following:
Cold therapy will soothe these injured muscles through the reduction of inflammation and swelling, which are the main triggers of acute pain. Cold therapy is properly used even speeds up the healing time.
Ankle sprains for instance, have been treated with the use of ice packs before, which has had a great impact on their healing time. I remember, spraining my ankle once and using an ice pack gave me reprieve within a week.
The best thing about cryotherapy is that it helps you to treat both one-time and also repetitive injuries. Some of the injuries that this type of therapy will treat include:
NOTE: Cold therapy can also be a very good remedy for arthritis patients who want to manage the pain around their joints.
As opposed to general surgical and injury related pains, the use of cold therapy is also very good at addressing migraines and headaches. You can use neck wraps that are recommended by doctors and wrap them around numb nerves to reduce the headaches.
The same applies to the people who suffer from dermatitis and any other skin condition that will leave you with discomfort such as nerve irritations. I have used this type of therapy on my varicose veins and it has been of great help.
Exposing your body to the cold temperatures is not cozy at all. However, it is one of the best ways to address any form of strenuous muscles activity, pain, or quick surgical recovery therapy. Today, cold body therapy is popular and offers many other health benefits.
For the professional athletes, the use of the whole body cryotherapy is preferred. The process is however, relatively expensive and that’s why I would suggest going for an affordable alternative instead.
Start by using an ice pack or taking a cold shower to start reaping the benefits of cold therapy today!