Cold Therapy (Cryotherapy)
Cold Therapy is the treatment with targeted cold stimuli or local cold application.
Ice (often in the form of “Hot Ice” or cold sprays) is mainly used in the acute stage or for first aid (PECH rule, scheme for first aid: P=Pause, E=Ice, C=Compression, H=Lifting). Examples are the initial treatment of muscle fibre tears, muscle tears, bruises or bone fractures.
The currently best proven effect of ice treatments is pain relief.
In modern Fascial Therapy, targeted ice applications can also be found, e.g. after the treatment of a trigger band.
Possibilities of ice application:
- Ice cubes (“Hot Ice”)
- Ice Spray
- Ice Lollies
- Cold compresses
- Gel packs