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Cryotherapy may seem like the newest fad in sports medicine, but it has been around for a very long time. The use of cold to alleviate many types of medical concerns such as migraine headaches, fever, and pain dates back to the early 19th century, and in some parts of the world even earlier than that. The latest trend to develop in the past twenty years or so is the idea of ice massage or cold tissue manipulation therapy. First used by athletic trainers in the 1940s, it was adopted and expanded upon by sports medicine experts beginning in the mid-1970s. By the 1990s, ice therapy and cold pack rubdowns were commonplace in locker rooms and clubhouses, but it wasn’t until the early 2000s that cold tissue manipulation therapy began to be explored by medical practitioners as part of an overall healing regimen for a broad range of needs.
Ice has long been known as the best way to reduce inflammation, bring down swelling, and help with major pain relief from cramps, muscle aches, sprains, strains, and surgery. The pairing of ice with the long-recognized benefits of tissue manipulation creates a perfect therapeutic combination. From gout to post-surgical recovery of knee and hip replacements, any condition that involves swelling or pain in soft tissue can be helped with cold tissue manipulation therapy. At AVORS Medical Group, we can utilize cold tissue manipulation therapy for conditions and procedures such as neck pain, back pain, non-surgical disc repair, sports injuries, and more.
Ice massage promotes healing via lowering your metabolic rate. When the metabolic rate is lowered, the body works more efficiently to repair damaged tissues. The reduction of the metabolic rate has been shown to reduce the effects of hypoxia on the injured area. The prevention of oxygen reduction is beneficial to the healing process. The more oxygen that can be kept in the tissues, the faster the body can repair the damage to the area. Cold tissue manipulation therapy is often combined with other therapies to increase oxygen in the targeted area, as well as to encourage movement and circulation which are also beneficial to fast and effective healing.
At AVORS Medical Group, our experienced providers have an extensive range of specialties. We use a broad array of techniques to alleviate pain, increase mobility, and achieve a better quality of life. We have years of experience in tissue manipulation therapy, chiropractics, orthopedics, and more. We recommend ice massage therapy for many of our patients, and have a staff of highly trained professionals who are well versed in its concept and application. We also offer cold laser therapy and heat/ice alternating therapy for many conditions and injuries. Our staff would be happy to advise which procedure is best for your particular needs. We are also available for all of your sports physical needs, and offer a full sports medicine program to keep you active and in the game.
Give us a call at (661) 726-5005 ext. 149 to set up a consultation. Our offices are located at 42135 10th Street West, Suite 101, in Lancaster. We also have two offices in Ridgecrest and an office in Valencia. To find out more, please visit our website. We look forward to helping you get back to living your best life through advanced healing.