Cryotherapy

Cryotherapy is a painful treatment that involves a process of localized freezing temperatures to deaden an irritated nerve. It is also used for treating localized areas of some cancers, such as prostate cancer and to treat abnormal skin cells by dermatologists.

Cryotherapy - Overview

Cryotherapy reduces the inflammatory reaction to trauma and diminishes edema, hematoma formation and pain. During the healing period, the cold application allows the patient to develop strength in an injured area, with minimal irritation and discomfort. Heat potentiates the body’s inflammatory reaction to pain and results in increased discomfort. That’s why Cryotherapy should be used at first and then heat should be reserved for improving mobility and absorbing hematomas after all inflammation has subsided.

Cryotherapy - Symptoms

There are no symptoms for this therapy but you can drive the number of health benefits from it. If you are suffering from migraine, arthritic pain, or even low-risk tumors then you should definitely opt for Cryotherapy.

Cryotherapy - Pre-Procedure

If you have any problem that you want to treat with cryotherapy, make sure you discuss them with the person assisting with your treatment. Before using any type of therapy, it’s always a good idea to consult your doctor. If you are getting whole body cryotherapy, wear dry, loose-fitting clothing. Make sure to bring socks and gloves to protect yourself from frostbite.

Cryotherapy - During Procedure

There is no need for extensive preparation prior to cryotherapy. Only the area that needs to be treated should be clean and dry, but sterilized preparation is not necessary. Patients should be aware that they will experience some pain at the time of the freezing, but local anesthesia is usually not necessary. In dermatology applications, the physician may want to lessen the size of certain growths such as warts prior to the cryotherapy process, and patients might have to apply salicylic acid to the growth over several weeks. Sometimes, the physician will peel away some of the tissue using a tool called a curette or a scalpel. In the case of cervical cryotherapy, the process is not performed during, or from two to three days before, the menstrual cycle.

Cryotherapy - Post-Procedure

Redness, swelling, and the formation of a pockmark at the site of cryotherapy are all expected results of the treatment in dermatology applications. A gauze dressing will be applied, and patients will be expected to wash the site three or four times daily while fluid continues to ooze from the blister, usually for five to 14 days. A dry layer will form that falls off by itself. It may take four to six weeks time for wounds on the head and neck to heal, but those on the body, arms, and legs can take much longer. Some patients can experience pain at the site while following the treatments which can usually be eased with acetaminophen (Tylenol), though in some cases a stronger pain reliever may be required.

Cryotherapy - Risk & Complications

You should really consult your doctor before you try cryotherapy, especially whole-body cryotherapy. In general, it’s suggested that you should not try cryotherapy if you have a history of stroke, high blood pressure, and infections, or if you are pregnant or have claustrophobia. While there is no health-related risk but there’s also the risk that you’ll invest lots of your hard-earned money into cryotherapy only to be disappointed with the results. Some studies show that it doesn’t always deliver on its promises of muscle pain relief.

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