What is it?

Cryotherapy is a term that describes the application of ice, cold towels, ice massage and compresses to reduce the temperature of tissues directly on or below the surface of the skin.

How does it work?

Surface cooling constricts blood vessels, numbs painful areas, and helps relax muscle spasms.  Cold temperatures reduce nerve transmission of painful symptoms and provide temporary relief.

Why is it used?

Cryotherapy is inexpensive, readily available, and an easy way to reduce local swelling of inflamed tissues.


  • Helps reduce swelling and inflammation

  • Inexpensive and can be self-applied

  • Numbs affected area to reduce pain

  • Reduces muscle spasms

For life-threatening emergencies, call 911

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