Cryotherapy - local
During cryotherapy the body is exposed to extremely low temperatures (see whole-body cryotherapy). Local cryotherapy is a therapeutic method which uses cold crystals, ice cubes or cold compresses over small body areas. Depending on how deep the effects of the cold reach, we speak about surface effects (pain relief, increased blood supply) or about deep effects (reduction of metabolism, reduction of blood supply). It is used to treat recent contusions (bruises), sprained joints, muscular spasms, edemas, active arthritic syndrome, osteoarthrosis, spastic paresis, etc.
Contraindication: open wounds in the site of application