Cryotherapy Notes

Ice Cups: Ice cups can be used not only as an analgesic, but also as a massage tool. The deep penetrating wet cold of the ice will stop the pain and using it as a massaging tool can push swelling out of a joint after an acute injury. Be sure to not stop moving the ice cup to prevent ice burns. Use circular motions while massaging back to the heart to prevent swelling from getting deeper into the joint.

Moist Ice Pack (Bob Dog): Created by dampening a towel, placing a thin line of ice within the towel, and wrapping the towel around the ice like a burrito, ensuring no ice can slip out. The moisture on the towel allows the cold from the ice to penetrate much deeper than a regular ice pack, which reduces the time needed before the analgesic effects are felt.

Ice Pack: Ice packs are used on acute injuries to prevent blood flow to the area in order to prevent further swelling from entering the joint. Be sure to suck all of the air out of the bag so it will form to the injured joint.

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