The properties of cold can be used successfully to solve, or at least to improve, cases of inflammation. In some circumstances it can also replace the use of medicinal products.
The use of ice has in fact a powerful effect of relieving the pain, which is one of the most common symptoms of an inflammation. Furthermore, cryotherapy allows a quicker recovery, as it also produces deeper benefits. In particular, the use of ice implies vasoconstriction and consequently reduces the loss of blood or inflammatory fluid; as a result, it eases the typical features of an inflammation, namely swelling and redness.
The use of cold for inflammations can prove suitable for people of all ages and even for pregnant women. Nevertheless, it is recommended to consult a doctor before using cryotherapy, in order to establish the right time limits for use.
For sports people, for example, the use of cold must be limited to the phase immediately following the physical activity, while the use of it before the training would prove counterproductive.
The use of cold
The guidance of an expert is necessary especially if the therapy implies the immersion of the body in cold water, as this method could be dangerous in particular situations, for example in case of heart diseases, hypertension or frequent fainting.
However, cold for inflammations can also be used in different and safer ways, such as the application of an ice pack or a refrigerant spray on the inflamed part of the body. Ice can prove an efficient therapy, relieving the pain and accelerating the recovery process, in case of different diseases; among them, we can mention tendinitis, contusions, muscle strain or even a simple headache.