If you’re searching for a noninvasive treatment for localized pain and swelling, local cryotherapy might be something to consider. This is one of many treatments available at Activate IV and Cryotherapy LLC , under the supervision of Heath Trowell, MD. To explore this option in more detail, call the office or spend a few moments on the online booking page to set up a visit.

What is the difference between whole body and local cryotherapy?

All cryotherapy uses extreme cold temperatures to provoke a series of responses within your body. Whole body cryotherapy involves standing in a treatment chamber while cooled air circulates around you. This approach triggers a systemic anti-inflammatory response and also boosts circulation.

Local Cryotherapy targets a specific area of the body to treat inflammation due to injury, post-surgery or chronic pain.

This approach is a good fit for men and women who are not good candidates for whole body cryotherapy. That includes those with severe claustrophobia or who are unable to stand in the treatment chamber for the duration of a whole body session.

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What can local cryotherapy do for my health and wellness?

Some of the benefits available through local cryotherapy sessions include:

  • Pain relief
  • Reduced muscle spasms
  • Decreased swelling
  • Improved joint mobility
  • Less muscle tension
  • Improvements in fatigue
  • Reduction in chronic pain symptoms

Icing injured joints or tissues has long been the standard of care for sports injuries, and local cryotherapy simply improves on this practice. This approach is often preferred by athletes who’ve sustained a sports injury, or men and women who are suffering from muscle strain or a sprain. It is also commonly used to treat ailments such as Sever’s disease, Plantar Fasciitis, and Osgood-Schlatter disease commonly found in children and young adults.

How is local cryotherapy performed?

Local cryotherapy is delivered by directing a stream of nitrogen vapor to the targeted treatment area. The temperature of the nitrogen vapor is around ⁻250°F, and treatment cools your tissues to around 20°F-26°F.

This approach can be applied to your:

  • Face
  • Scalp
  • Knees
  • Lower back
  • Neck
  • Ankles
  • Elbows
  • Shoulders

Treatments take just a few moments and require no advance preparation. Compared to traditional icing, local cryotherapy is much more comfortable. The nitrogen vapor has no moisture, so there is less conductivity. Many men and women report the sensation to the feeling you get when you open a freezer door on a hot day.

Local cryotherapy delivers a rush of oxygenated blood, muscle relaxation, and a boost in circulation, all of which facilitate healing and relieve pain. Treatments also enable you to improve your exercise tolerance, which helps you strengthen your body and prevent future injury.

To explore local cryotherapy in more detail, call or schedule an appointment at Activate IV and Cryotherapy LLC using the online booking page.