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How Cold Helps a Sports Injury or Personal Injury

How Cold Helps a Sports Injury or Personal Injury

cold therapy for a sports or personal injury.jpgHave you ever wondered why applying ice cubes, a refrigerated cold pack, or even a bag of frozen peas to an injury makes you feel better? Here at Lifetime Health and Wellness, we apply cold therapy for many soft tissue injuries, with outstanding results. Let us look at what cold therapy really does, and how it complements other therapies.

Cold therapy has many qualities that make it a terrific first aid and rehabilitation tool. For one thing, it acts as a vasoconstrictor, an agent that causes the blood vessels to shrink in diameter. This action helps slow or stop external bleeding from lacerations as well as internal bleeding in form of contusions or bruises (a common cause of swelling). 

Cold can also temporarily deaden nerve endings, and this numbing action can provide welcome relief from the pain at the injury site. Since all of these symptoms are associated with sports-related muscle strains such as hamstring, quadriceps or calf injuries, cold therapy has become as basic part of any physical trainer's tool kit. Cold therapy can also reduce pain, swelling and internal bleeding in sprained ligaments or hyperextended joints, making it useful if you suffer a personal injury such as whiplash, an ankle sprain or lower back pain. It can even reduce muscle spasms that may occur as a side effect of a soft tissue injury.

Cold Therapy from Our Chiropractor

If our Broomfield chiropractor finds that cold therapy is indicated for your personal injury, we typically apply the cold in 10 to 15 minute increments. You may be directed to continue applying cold to the injury site for 3 to 5 days following the injury, since this is the window of time in which it can do the most good against acute pain and swelling. If a spinal or extremity (wrist, elbow, knee, etc.) imbalance is involved, we may recommend chiropractic adjustment as well, to help prevent the injury from recurring. Contact us and let us put your discomfort on ice!

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