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Learn more details on cryotherapy via localized icing.
Cryotherapy is a pain treatment that uses a method of localized freezing temperatures to deaden an irritated nerve. Cryotherapy is also used as a method of treating localized areas of some cancers (called cryosurgery), such as prostate cancer and to treat abnormal skin cells by dermatologists.
Perfect Stretch applies Cryotherapy via ice packs and weight for compression.
After a person injures themselves — say, by spraining an ankle or lifting too much weight — the injured muscle swells, making it difficult for the person to move. Ice can reduce this swelling and, in turn, may help to start gently moving the muscle, which helps mobilize joints and strengthen the muscle. This also increases blood supply to the area. After 48 to 72 hours this increased blood supply — which will flush inflammatory substances like cytokines — will help the healing process.
Ice works for healing because it constricts the blood vessels that carry these harmful chemicals (the cytokines) to the injury, which in turn slows down the inflammatory process.