Cryotherapy is an excellent way to help with muscle spasms in the body. This therapy is well known to help numb painful areas as well as provide a cooling relief to affected soft tissues. The therapy consists of applying cold compresses on to the skin to effectively reduce the temperature of the skin as well as constrict the blood vessels in the area.
If you are suffering from a muscle spasm or just recently had a soft tissue injury, cryotherapy is an excellent way to help reduce swelling and further injury in the early stages of your healing process. This therapy is rather inexpensive and is something that can be done at home as well as in the office.
I usually recommend using a type of jell filled cold pack for this type of therapy. The jell packs will usually stay cold for 20-30 minutes and graduslly warm over this cycle thus preventing any type of tissue damage. One way to use cold is to apply the pack to the area of pain or injury for 20 -30 minutes ( if applied to bare skin the pack may need to be covered with a thin towel ) remove the pack for 30 minutes to one hour and reapply for 20-30 minutes. This would be concidered one cycle. After allowing the area to warm the cycle can be repeated as often as needed making sure to allow the body to adequatly warm between cycles.