Cryotherapy for Enhanced Recovery – An Option for Injured Athletes in Freehold, NJ
Cryotherapy is a powerful, noninvasive treatment designed to enhance athletic performance and injury recovery through the use of extremely cold temperatures. Due to the relative simplicity and proven effectiveness of this approach, a growing number of athletes and other active individuals are turning to the sports medicine specialists at Advanced Physical Therapy in Freehold, NJ, for cryotherapy. We offer this innovative therapy along with a full range of other options to promote natural injury healing.
If you’ve ever held a bag of ice (or frozen peas) to a sprained ankle or stiff neck, you’re already familiar with a basic – and very beneficial – form of cryotherapy known as localized spot cryotherapy. Applying a cold compress to a traumatic or overuse injury three to four times a day, for approximately 15 minutes per session, can reduce swelling, calm muscle spasms, numb a painful area, and provide cooling relief. And, cold therapy can typically provide these benefits much faster than a period of rest on its own.
Along those same lines, more advanced cryotherapy can provide a number of benefits related to performance and recovery. For instance, this treatment can:
- Alleviate muscle soreness
- Accelerate tissue repair
- Reduce recovery time
- Promote healing
- Increase blood circulation
- Boost energy levels
- Strengthen the immune system
It is important to take some basic safety precautions when using cryotherapy. For instance, in order to prevent skin irritation and frostbite, a protective cloth should always be placed between the skin and a cold source. Other than that, when used properly, cryotherapy can be an invaluable part of a pain management and injury rehabilitation program. For best results, both hot and cold therapies should always be administered by a professional. An experienced physical therapist at Advanced Physical Therapy of Freehold, can ensure the correct treatment and duration, as well as adhere to the latest safety guidelines, to help you recover quickly and fully.
If you’re interested in learning more about the power of cryotherapy, contact Advanced Physical Therapy of Freehold to schedule a consultation at our office in Freehold, NJ. Since New Jersey is a direct-access state, patients can be evaluated and treated by a licensed physical therapist without a physician’s referral.