Most frequently used for reduction of inflammation, relief from temporary pain, and damaged muscles, ice therapy may be used as part of your treatment program at Briggs Chiropractic. In many cases, temporary pain and even additional injury can be minimized and even subdued by a simple application of ice. Ice, applied in a timely manner and in an appropriate way, may reduce inflammation. Inflammation left unchecked can allow the source of the pain to continue doing damage to muscles, ligaments, tendons, and other body structures.
Why Ice Therapy Helps
Ice causes the veins in the affected tissue area to constrict, reducing the flow of blood while acting as kind of anesthetic to numb the pain. While this constriction allows for temporary relief it’s the removal of the ice which provides the greatest benefit. Removal of ice therapy allows the veins to compensate by expanding, ultimately this allows for a large volume of blood to rush to the affected area. Your blood brings with it important chemicals which significantly aid in the healing process, allowing you to recover more rapidly.
When is Ice Therapy Most Beneficial?
Due to it’s ability to reduce inflammation ice therapy is most frequently used with these types of injuries and pain associated with sprains. As back and neck injuries frequently involve muscle sprains and strained ligaments, which can spasm and become inflamed, ice therapy is often used as part of the overall treatment. For individuals with chronic conditions caused by the constriction of joints or blood vessels ice therapy is not recommended. But when inflammation is the source of pain ice therapy is a likely option.
Ice therapy can provide benefits which may include:
- Assisting the body in minimizing tissue damage
- Mitigating muscle spasms
- Reducing or eliminating pain by numbing sore soft tissues
Ice therapy is not recommended as a form of treatment for any kind of rheumatoid arthritis, Raynaud’s Syndrome (a circulatory disorder of blood vessels of the extremities), colds or allergic conditions, paralysis, or areas of impaired sensation.