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Fighting Pain with Cold

In addition to traditional chiropractic therapy, Dr. Rozenberg might recommend cryotherapy to stop acute and chronic pain. These treatments can be integrated into regular appointments and significantly reduce inflammation, swelling, muscle tension, and other factors related to your discomfort. If you’re suffering from constant tendonitis or another condition requiring chiropractic attention, get in touch with us today to learn more about cryotherapy from our Culver City, CA chiropractor and how it might help you find pain relief.

How Does Cryotherapy Work?

You’ll be placed in a special chamber where your body will be completely engulfed in a special nitrogen gas that can drop to temperatures of -220 degrees Fahrenheit. You’ll remain in the chamber for about 2 to 3 minutes. As your body’s temperature falls, blood will be sent from the skin surface, muscles, and surrounding joint space to your core as a protective measure. As a result, the blood will be restricted to traveling to your vital organs, ensuring they receive elevated oxygen levels and nutrients. Once you leave the chamber, blood will return to the skin’s surface.

Benefits of Cryotherapy

Cryotherapy is generally used to make chiropractic adjustments more effective in the long term. Not only does it help soothe pain and ease muscle tension, but it can also decrease inflammation, swelling, and muscle spasms. It also improves blood circulation, which is vital for the healing process. Depending on your needs, cryotherapy might be employed before or after your regular chiropractic adjustment, and it tends to improve the results and contribute to faster recovery times.

Is Cryotherapy Right for Me?

In general, cryotherapy is considered safe. That said, it’s unsuitable for pregnant women, children, patients with especially high blood pressure, and anyone with a heart condition. Dr. Rozenberg will need to consider your health history and the current state of your body before recommending cryotherapy as a solution for any condition. The treatment is usually reserved for specific types of pain; it’s especially useful for discomfort in the back or neck.

Recovery After Cryotherapy

The most common side effect of cryotherapy is cold burn. The burn is caused by the freezing of the skin and typically resolves within a few minutes. Other side effects may include numbness, tingling, redness, and swelling. Most people recover from cryotherapy within 24 hours. However, some may experience side effects, such as tingling, that may last a few days. There is no downtime associated with cryotherapy. You can resume your normal activities immediately after the treatment.

Post-Cryotherapy Aftercare Guidelines

After you have cryotherapy, taking care of your skin is important. Here are some post-cryotherapy aftercare guidelines:

  • Avoid hot showers, saunas, steam rooms, and hot tubs for at least 24 hours after your cryotherapy session.
  • If you must shower, use lukewarm water and avoid harsh soaps and scrubbing. Gently pat your skin dry — don’t scrub your body with a rough towel.
  • Moisturize your skin several times a day with a hypoallergenic lotion or cream.
  • Wear loose, comfortable clothing.
  • Avoid sun exposure for at least 24 hours after cryotherapy. If you must be in the sun, wear sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.
  • Drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated.

Why Choose Spinatomy Spine & Disc Centers for Cryotherapy?

  • Treatment Using Latest Technology and Equipment
  • Chiropractor That Aims to Consistently Over Deliver
  • Friendly Team and Warm, Welcoming Practice

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