Localised Cryotherapy for Pain Relief in Bristol
Why choose Pro. Clinics for Localised Cryotherapy Pain Relief?
Being in constant pain can be a thoroughly unpleasant experience, and can have a huge impact on your quality of life.
Pro. Clinics take pain very seriously and have helped numerous people to live a more normal life free of the constant irritation caused by pain.
The chances are that if you are suffering from severe pain you will have tried everything from oral medications to physiotherapy. Sadly a lot of the time these treatments can be ineffective at relieving the symptoms of your pain, leaving you at a loss as to what to try next.
Many people will not have heard of localised or targeted cryotherapy for pain relief, but those that have are often amazed at how this quick and effective treatment can have such a positive and profound effect.
The treatment involves the use of compressed co2 that is sprayed under high pressure directly onto the area of concern. The freezing cold spray rapidly reduces the bodies temperature and instantly numbs the feeling of pain. The effects can be long-lasting, and many people will only require one session, although if the pain is severe then a course of treatments may be a more effective solution.
Pain Relief - Localised Cryotherapy FAQs
Localised, or Targeted Cryotherapy, as it is sometimes referred to, is a highly effective treatment that helps relieve joint and muscle soreness, as well as reducing inflammation through the use of very cold temperatures.
Most people will feel instant pain relief after just one quick session, although further treatments are often applied over three or four visits as the body continues the healing process. The effects of the cryotherapy session will continue after the treatment itself ends.
The process can be used to treat a specific muscle or joint that is painful and as the treatment is so targeted, you are not having to freeze the whole body, as is the case will full body cryotherapy chambers.
The treatment has many benefits and reduces inflammation, flushes fluid and cellular waste from painful or injured tissue and helps to increases the range of motion and regenerative circulation.
The localised cryotherapy device cools the affected area to just above freezing, which is a safe temperature range that offers immediate pain relief without endangering the healthy tissue.
Unlike full-body cryotherapy chambers, that require you to undress and immerses your entire body below the neck, targeted or localised cryotherapy is perfectly safe. Unlike the full-body treatment, localised cryotherapy does not expose you to dangerously low temperatures (200 degrees below zero) in an enclosed environment that can often starve the body of oxygen.
Targeted or localised cryotherapy can be used to reduce pain and inflammation from sports injuries, back, neck and shoulder pain, sprains, strains and many other soft tissue problem. Even people with chronic inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis often report a significant improvement in their condition after a cryotherapy session.
As previously mentioned, unlike full-body cryotherapy that requires you to immerses your entire body below the neck, localised cryotherapy is very safe, as you are only targeting the specific area of concern. Unlike the full-body treatment, it does not expose you to dangerously low temperatures, often as cold as 200 degrees below zero. This process can starve the body of essential oxygen and has a number of negative side effects.
Cryotherapy reduces pain in a number of different ways and the treatment has a number of benefits. It works by affecting the nerve signals and helps to slow down their transmission which reduces the amount of pain signals that are sent to the brain. During and after the treatment, the levels of norepinephrine in the body increase. This chemical is activated when we are under stress and works as a natural painkiller. Cryotherapy is also highly effective at reducing inflammation.
Individuals with diseases such as fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis and back pain find that singular or regular sessions of localised cryotherapy can help to dramatically reduced their pain.
In summary, localised or targeted cryotherapy acts to not only manage pain, but also helps to reduces swelling, as well as increasing oxygen and blood flow to the area of concern, which further stimulates the healing process of the tissue.
If you have tried other methods of pain relief and they have had little or no effect then targeted or localised cryotherapy can often help if you are suffering with any of the following: sports and fitness related pain, or short-term pain, related to the overuse of a specific muscle or joint. Back, neck, shoulder, hip and knee pain.
Pain related to specific health issues like rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, or fibromyalgia.
As the name suggests, targeted or localised cryotherapy can be used to target any specific area of concern. As the hand held device is very accurate, we can be sure to only freeze the problem area and not the rest of your body. Any area of your body that is in pain can in theory be treated.
Sometimes just one session of localised or targeted cryotherapy will be enough to give you relief. We charge £60 per session for localised cryotherapy. If you feel that you would benefit from booking a full course then we can discuss discounted rates during your consultation.
At this moment in time, sadly, insurers will not generally cover the cost of localised cryotherapy for pain relief.
The NHS do not generally provide localised cryotherapy for pain relief.
Localised cryotherapy for pain relief is a very quick and easy process to carry out. You will first need to expose the area of concern to the clinician. They will then direct the handheld cryotherapy device at the area and spray a powerful jet of compressed CO2 gas onto the skin. This process will last for a couple of minutes or until the device has reached the optimum temperature for pain relief. The area will then be allowed to slowly warm back up to normal temperature. The process will then be repeated. The whole process is usually over in a matter of minutes, and you are able to leave the clinic often feeling completely pain free!
At Pro. Clinics we generally recommended people to completes a full course of localised cryotherapy sessions for maximum results. That said, many individuals will find that just one session is enough to help with their pain, so it really does vary from person-to-person.
There are no specific instructions to follow before your appointment. The only stipulation is that you must be wearing clothes that allow the practitioner easy access to the area of concern, so it is best to wear loose fitting clothing on the day of your appointment.
Although considered to be a very safe treatment, there are a few side effects of localised cryotherapy that you should be aware of. We have listed the various side effects below:
Whilst cryotherapy can help to reduce unwanted pain and nerve irritation, it can occasionally leave the treated area with unusual sensations, such as numbness or tingling.
Due to the extremely cold temperatures used during the treatment, cryotherapy can sometimes cause redness and irritation of the skin, although these effects are generally short lived.
Occasionally the gas used for the treatment can cause the individual to feel slightly light headed, although this usually only lasts for a couple of minutes.
The only thing that you will need to do after your localised cryotherapy session is to get the blood flowing again to the treated area. For example, if you have had localised cryotherapy for back pain, your clinician may ask that you move your back around for a few minutes after the treatment, to regain the blood flow.