It’s usually prescribed by a physiotherapist according to the patient’s treatment plan. It can be managed in many ways, such as
- Applying ice, in cubes or in thermal bags, gels or even in some specific devices (mainly in aesthetic treatments);
- Is also known in spray, liquid nitrogen or cold water immersion.
In all of the cases, the exposure to cold and/or ice can pass 20 minutos, to avoid skin burn.
Beware: Cryotherapy isn’t always the best option!
You should always seek medical attention to trace the best treatment plan for your specific case.
Since Cryotherapy interferes with blood flow and metabolism, there are a few contraindications for using this method.
Therefore, Cryotherapy is not recommended if you
- Have any skin conditions that can be aggravated with cold and impair healing;
- Poor blood circulation, as this procedure reduces the circulation in the area it is applied;
- Have fainting problems, or any kind of comprehension retard, as you cannot inform wether it’s too cold or causing pain.