Cryotherapy is an excellent way to help with muscle spasms in the body. This therapy is well known to help numb painful areas as well as provide a cooling relief to affected soft tissues. The therapy consists of applying cold compresses on to the skin to effectively reduce the temperature of the skin as well as constrict the blood vessels in the area.
If you are suffering from a muscle spasm or just recently had a soft tissue injury, cryotherapy is an excellent way to help reduce swelling and further injury in the early stages of your healing process. This therapy is rather inexpensive and is something that can be done at home as well as in the office.
Instructions for using ICE:
1) Never put ice directly on your skin, use a t-shirt as a protective barrier. Often you can find an ice pack that already has a cover or protective covering so no additional protection is required.
2) Ice for only 10 minutes at a time. I repeat only ice for 10 minutes at a time, then take the ice off for at least 45 minutes (your body needs at least 45 minutes to warm back up again), then you may repeat ice for another 10 minutes. This protocol can be repeated as often as you wish.
I tell my patients that they can ice for 10 minutes ever hour if possible..