How does local cryotherapy work?

Local cryotherapy is used to reduce pain and inflammation, to improve circulation of the blood, etc. in targeted areas. While whole-body cryotherapy affects all the parts of your body, localized cryotherapy has directional effects and sometimes complements full-body cryotherapy sessions.

Local cryotherapy devices that are used for these purposes use a cooled gas stream, consisting mainly of liquid nitrogen vapor. The working temperature of these devices is about -130°C and a cryo session takes 5-8 minutes depending on the area. 

How does local cryotherapy work?
How does local cryotherapy work?

What happens with the treated area during a local cryo session?

The cold causes muscles to contract, increasing the blood flow to the treated area, soothing inflammation, and speeding up cell regeneration. No need to say that the effect is much more significant than after an ice bath or ice packs. You will feel it immediately and the effect could last up to 7 days. But for a more stable result we advise to have local cryo sessions every 3-4 weeks. 

Benefits of local cryotherapy:

  • Inhibition of inflammation;
  • Reduction in the regeneration phase;
  • Immunomodulation;
  • Reduction of pain;
  • Reduction of spasm;
  • Improvement of joint mobility;
  • Decreasement in muscle tension;
  • Faster recovery after physical overloads;
  • Decreased fatigue;
  • Improvement of blood circulation;
  • Decreasement of swelling;
  • Decreasement of chronic pain syndrome;
  • Reduction of post traumatic treatment.

Local cryotherapy sessions are a relaxing procedure and ideally suits those individuals that are unable to do whole-body cryotherapy for different reasons. It is totally safe, causes no side effects, and demonstrates outstanding results for localized injuries involving back, knee, elbow, or other joints, as well as for chronic pains, muscle tension, ligament sprains, and so forth. Local cryotherapy is also used in cosmetology (cryotherapy facial) and well-known for its outstanding anti-ageing effect and effectiveness in the fight against skin diseases.