Cold Therapy (Ice)
Application of ice in the form of an ice pack, ice lolly or immersion in ice water is used to prepare for or support the techniques applied in the physical therapy session. The beneficial effects of ice include pain reduction and reduced pooling of liquid in joints with acute inflammations and in recent injuries. If ice is applied for a longer period it leads to a reduction in muscle tension and subsequently to improved blood circulation. In contrast, brief applications of ice increase the muscular tension which can be used in the treatment of flaccid paralysis.
The application of ice supplements physical therapy and is prescribed by a physician.