What is Local Cryotherapy?
The application of ‘cold’ for the treatment of injuries is widely used in sports medicine. Over the years many of us have been most familiar with using the frozen bag of peas on the injury or wrapping some ice in a towel and resting it on the injury. Despite these treatments having some positive effects on healing the injury there is a much more superior treatment, local cryotherapy.
Used in Sports Medicine
Local cryotherapy is used in sports medicine for the treatment of both acute and chronic injuries of soft tissue. Here at Gateshead Cryo we use liquid nitrogen vapour, which blasts out cold air (at different flows) at a temperature of up to -150 degrees Celsius (much colder than your bag of frozen peas) for a 5-
10 minute period. The local treatment provides a rush of oxygenated blood, a natural analgesic effect and a reduction in muscle tension to the targeted area. Post-treatment, this circulation of blood in the treatment area increases the rates of healing and recovery in the injured tissues. Additionally, the natural analgesic effect provided from the treatment and the relaxation of muscles allows the individual to gradually increase their exercise tolerance, strengthen the muscles and joints reducing the risk of injury in the future
Having a block of local cryotherapy treatments close together (5-10 treatments) not only helps the individual to recover quicker and return to sport/exercise but it is also the most effective way to maximise the healing effects at the injured site. This is largely due to the increased circulation of blood and metabolic processes remaining higher for longer. Cryostimulation will reduce the intensity of pain and swelling occurring from an injury, which is especially important for athletes who take part in professional training sessions and are regularly challenged with these types of problem.
What are the benefits from the local cryotherapy treatment?
Reduced recovery time for injuries
Enhances sporting performance
Reduction in the regeneration phase
Reductions in inflammation
Reduction of pain
Reduction of spasm
Improvement of joint function
Decrease in muscle tension
Reduction of post traumatic treatments
Overall quicker return to training
Enhances healing post surgery
Decrease of chronic pain syndrome
Enhances recovery of muscle and ligament strains
Speeds up recovery of tendon injuries
Who will benefit from local cryotherapy?
Athletes who are at risk of injury will benefit from local cryotherapy, enabling them to return to sport quicker. However, these treatments are not only applicable to elite athletes or sports players. They are useful for anyone who has an injury and wants to speed up the healing process as well as individuals who have had surgery and want to enhance their recovery. As well as being an effective treatment for injuries local cryotherapy is also showing promise in other health conditions, including the treatment of psoriasis, arthritis, chronic pain conditions and various other skin conditions.
What’s a cryotherapy facial?
It may not sound particularly pleasant to freeze your face, but that’s exactly what a cryotherapy facial — sometimes playfully called “frotox” — does, and people are loving it.
During the facial, a machine-operated device pumps liquid nitrogen onto the face. It brightens skin, tighten pores, and even reduces the appearance of fine lines or age spots, improves complexion, there's a visable boost to the skins surface from the inside out. Fresher blood gets sent to the target area, more blood means more oxygen and a richer nutrient delivery which flushes away toxins and reduces water retention, the result is skin the looks and feels plumped and resfeshed all in as little as 15 minutes.
Who's an ideal candidate?
Cryotherapy facials are a noninvasive cosmetic procedure and, unlike certain peels or microdermabrasion, they won’t leave skin looking red or raw.
Really, anyone who wants a glow, fresher, plumper looking skin and a youthful look is a good candidate for a cryotherapy facial, especially those who feel that their skin looks tired or dull.
If you’re pregnant or nursing, it’s best to check in with your doctor before getting a cryo facial.