Cryotherapy & physio-Cryo-Therapy

The pain clinic offers also Focused Cryotherapy (cold treatment)

Cryotherapy is used for the treatment of pain in joints and muscles caused by illness, sports injuries or overuse.

Cryotherapy is also used by athletes for quicker recovery.

Cold works in three ways:

  • It relieves pain
  • It relaxes muscles
  • It helps swelling to decrease, which are exactly the factors one seeks to impact in the connection with most conditions in the musculoskeletal system.

Cold is used locally — where the pain is — unlike medication which is absorbed by the entire body.

When cold is applied, a physiological effect occurs when the temperature in the various tissues is lowered, and the conduction of the signals between nerves and muscles is reduced.

Most effects of cryotherapy are locally induced and therefore do not affect the surrounding tissues.

Indications/when to use cold treatment:

  • Acute: inflammatory phase: up to 48 (72) hours after trauma
  • Subacute: the repair phase: between 48 (72) hours and 6 weeks
  • Chronic: Remodelling phase: up to 12 months after trauma
  • Tendonitis
  • Bursitis
  • Trigger points/myalgia
  • Increased muscle tone/tense muscles
  • Postoperative, i.e. after operations
  • Prior to training to achieve increased mobility, endurance, energy, analgesia for sore muscles and joints (due to exercise, not due to injury)
  • Before training for sore muscles and joints, disease of the musculoskeletal system, arthritis OA or rehabilitation after injury
  • Rheumatoid arthritis – pain and swelling
  • Spinal arthritis – pain and swelling
  • Psoriatic arthritis – pain and swelling
  • Gout – pain and swelling
  • Osteoarthritis – pain and swelling
  • Sclerosis pain
  • Spastic paresis – pain
  • Radicular symptoms (symptoms affecting nerves)
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Joint pain
  • Back pain
  • Osteoporosis – pain and swelling
  • Prevents and treats symptoms after overuse of joints and muscles
  • Reduces injury time by up to 50%
  • Reduces muscle, tendon and joint recovery time after hard workouts
  • Prevents and reduces inflammation of the joints and tendons
  • Reduces recovery time after trauma (hematomas, swellings, torsions, impacts) of soft tissue such as muscles and joints
  • Increases the mobility of muscles and joints before physiotherapy and exercise

Cold treatment should not be used:

  • If a person has a skin disease
  • Near a pacemaker (but fine with all other prostheses)
  • If a person has any skin wounds
  • If a patient has Raynaud’s disease (severely reduced blood circulation, arterial and venous disease in the areas to be treated)
  • Severe anaemia

The application of focused cryotherapy for approximately 3 minutes has an immediate analgesic effect.
This analgesic effect is already increased after 3-4 treatments, performed immediately in series of 1-2 day intervals.

Following the recommended 10-20 treatments, a longer-lasting analgesic effect will be achieved.
The analgesic effect can then be maintained as needed. There is an immediate effect on edema/swelling and mobility.

Good results are frequently achieved with a combination of cryotherapy and physiotherapy.