Let’s continue our journey in the discovery of the benefits of ice. In recent weeks we spoke of how ice helps relieve headaches, how it can be used as a cure-all - combined with heat - for backache, sciatica and lumbago. Athletes use ice-based therapies extensively: whether simple and affordable ones for everyone or others more complicated to access such as cryotherapy, cold is an enviable ally.
Ice can therefore help us recover from the annoying ailments that strike from time to time.
The method of cryotherapy plays a fundamental role today. Research in the medical field has analysed an intermittent cryotherapy application (a 10-minute application, a 10- minute stop, then 10 minutes of cold again - and 2 hours without). When compared to that of 20 continuous minutes, followed by a two-hour stop, it emerged that intermittent therapy gave better effects: the group that tried it, in fact, experienced less fatigue and muscle pain during physical activity.
What’s more, cooling the parts affected by soreness using compression techniques (with portable cryotherapy machines that act only on small parts of the body, for example) seems to be much more useful than traditional ice packs.
Using cryotherapy to fight pain is therefore effective - if the first goal is to reduce muscle pain. Nonetheless, applications for non-athletes should not be too long - 5/10 (minutes) should be enough to reduce the discomfort.
Always remember to be scrupulous and apply the therapies correctly and carefully!
Ice is our ally: keep following the Dispotech blog to find out more! Don’t hesitate to contact us for any further information.