Most people have had someone tell them to “put ice on that.” However, not everyone knows that ice therapy, as it is known in medical and chiropractic circles, is an extremely effective non-surgical treatment for all kinds of pain associated with inflammation. Here at Genesis Wellness Clinic, serving Greenwood Village, Denver, and Aurora, ice therapy is one of the avenues that we pursue to help you feel better without surgery and drugs.
How Does Ice Therapy Work?
The application of ice to an injured area works in several ways. The cold numbs the area somewhat, which is helpful as a pain reducing measure. However, where ice really excels is in the reduction of inflammation and swelling at the site of an injury.
Because ice therapy can cause frostbite if not done properly, it is important to follow your chiropractor’s instructions. In general, icing is done in segments of no longer than 20 minutes at a time, and the skin must fully re-warm before the next ice session. Re-warming typically takes 30 to 40 minutes, but it may take longer.
People with circulatory problems, numbness, hypersensitivity, and other problems may not be ideal candidates for ice therapy. If you aren’t sure whether you should be icing something, give us a call and we can help you get in to see our chiropractor. Dr. Clyde Johnson, DC, will work with you to formulate a plan for treating your injury, including whether or not he recommends icing the area and how often.
Your doctor can prescribe ice therapy at any time they feel it would be beneficial. Usually, ice therapy is recommended for after chiropractic therapy or physical therapy sessions, because it can tighten up the muscles. You should ask your chiropractor when it is time to start icing an acute injury. In some cases that might be right away, or we might recommend that you wait 72 hours.
Find Non-Surgical Pain Relief with Genesis Wellness Clinic and Chiropractic Therapy
Genesis Wellness Clinic offers chiropractic therapy as a viable alternative to surgery and drugs for patients in the Greenwood Village, Aurora, and Denver areas of Colorado. Our treatment methods include adjustments, massage, physical therapy, and many suggestions for at-home pain management. Ice therapy can be a vital part of your wellness plan. To get started, call us today at (720) 515-8002. We offer a free consultation for new patients!