Cryotherapy is also known as cold therapy. It is simply the application of ice to treat injuries. Cryotherapy is a non-invasive therapy and it is used worldwide as it is effective, convenient, low-cost, and easy to transport. Ice therapy controls pain by instigating local anesthesia. Ice application causes vasoconstriction so all your blood gets pushed toward your organs, thus causing the blood to acquire more oxygen and becomes nutrient-rich. Cryotherapy is supposed to be most effective for eliminating inflammation and reducing pain.

It is often used by physical therapists and athletes to reduce pain, inflammation and promote recovery.


Cryotherapy can be applied to the whole body or to a localized area. It can be applied in the following manners:

  • Ice packs (Gel based)
  • Commercial cold packs
  • Vanpooling Spray
  • Immersion
  • Ice massage


At Aspire, we use Cryotherapy to treat multiple conditions including acute and chronic inflammation and pain, sprains, strains, and arthritis. Some of these specific conditions are mentioned below:

  • soft tissue injuries e.g., ankle sprain, ligament sprain
  • trigger points
  • spasm
  • tendinitis
  • acute inflammation
  • bursitis
  • post orthopedic surgery
  • tenosynovitis


Cryotherapy is generally safe, but there are some contraindications such as cold allergies and people with high blood pressure or heart conditions.