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Heat & Cryo Therapy

Heat Therapy can produce heating effects at a deepth limited to 1-2cm. Deeper tissues are generally not heated. 
It has been found to be helpful in diminishing pain and decreasing local muscle spasm. It is most often used during the acute phases of treatment when the reduction of pain and inflammation are primary goals.

Cryo Therapy or ice packs are generally more effective in terms of depth of penetration. Intramuscular temperatures can actually be reduced by 3-7 degrees C. This is helpful in reducing local metabolism, inflammation and pain. The analgesic effects of ice result from a decreased nerve conduction velocity along pain fibers and a reduction of the muscle spindle activity responsible for mediating local muscle tone.

 
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