At temperatures well below the human body’s comfort range, cold therapy can reduce swelling and inflammation and relieve chronic conditions from arthritis to fibromyalgia. It can also help patients recover from a heart attack or a stroke. Cold therapy has a proven track record in the medical community. Cold therapy units are classified as a noninvasive type of modality.
The device is typically placed on the area experiencing pain or swelling, and cold air is blown onto the affected area. It can be used with other treatments such as physical therapy, over-the-counter medication, and exercise to maximize your recovery time and return to pre-injury condition. Here we will illustrate some benefits people can have from cold therapy.
- Decreases Symptoms Of Migraines:
Migraines are a common pain condition. The common treatment is either pharmaceuticals or heat to the painful areas. However, cold therapy has a different approach. Research shows that it can help decrease the severity of headaches and decrease the frequency of migraines.
- Reduces Swelling:
Swollen legs, ankles, and hands are among the most common complaints patients experience at the onset of arthritis in their joints such as knees, hands, elbows, hips, and shoulders. The other type of arthritis is rheumatoid arthritis which causes pain and swelling throughout their entire body. Cold therapy has been shown to reduce swelling in the joints.
- Fast Recovery Times:
Although cold therapy doesn’t burn as much energy as other forms of heat, it does increase blood flow to the area, especially if a patient has been inactive for prolonged periods.
- Relieves Pain:
Pain is the body’s way of telling us something isn’t right. Pain can be caused by a damaged joint, backache from repetitive stress, or even heartburn from poor diet and overindulgence in certain foods such as high-fat meats and greasy fried food.