Living with an injury or chronic pain can be debilitating and stop you from doing the things you love. Finding an effective way to manage your pain can be tough. Fortunately, there are lots of great Sunshine Coast Physio centres that can help you with your injury rehabilitation.
You’re probably already aware of how physiotherapy can be beneficial to your recovery and injury rehabilitation, but where does cryotherapy fit in? Cryotherapy can often be overlooked as a treatment option for injury rehabilitation and pain relief. This means that sadly many Sunshine Coast physio patients are missing out on the incredible benefits that cryotherapy can provide. We’re going to explain how a little bit of icy cold air at Sunshine Coast recovery centre, FloCryo, can significantly reduce your pain.
How Does Physiotherapy Work?
Firstly, let’s go over what physiotherapy actually is. Physiotherapy, also known as physical therapy, relies on physical methods such as massage, movement and exercise to treat injuries and chronic pain. The aim is to improve mobility and function, while minimising stress on the joints. Physio is a great treatment for managing chronic conditions and improving your quality of life. Physiotherapy has proven to be an effective way to reduce muscle and joint pain. However, it can often be a long and challenging process to achieve this pain relief.
How Much Do Sunshine Coast Physio Sessions Cost?
For an initial consultation for a Sunshine Coast physio, you’re usually looking at between $90 to $150, depending on the business. Subsequent physiotherapy treatments can cost on average between $80 to $120. Most Sunshine Coast physio centres will also cover WorkCover referrals for your rehabilitation requirements.
How Can Cryotherapy Help with Injury Rehabilitation?
Cryotherapy is an effective treatment option for alleviating pain and inflammation. It can also significantly improve your mobility and function. But, what exactly is cryotherapy? Well, physiotherapists have actually been using cold therapy as a treatment for a long time by using ice packs to reduce inflammation. Cryotherapy takes this to a whole new level with the treatment options of whole body cryotherapy and localised cryotherapy. Both these treatments utilise liquid nitrogen vapour to treat the body. Clinical studies have shown the significant effects cryotherapy can have on pain reduction and the recovery time of injuries.
Whole Body Cryotherapy for Physiotherapy Patients
Whole body cryo involves stepping into our CryoCabin and subjecting your body to sub-zero temperatures for no more than 3 minutes. This may sound short, but during this time your blood is sent to your body’s core and internal organs. This alleviates any swelling and inflammation and provides instant pain relief. It also enriches the blood and flushes out toxins and wastes such as lactic acid.
Once stepping out of the CryoCabin, your body returns to room temperature and the enriched blood flow is increased, rapidly repairing your damaged joints and muscle tissue. Whole body cryotherapy also boosts your immune system and increases norepinephrine. This helps to alleviate any pain and inflammation.
Localised Cryotherapy for Injury Rehabilitation
Localised cryotherapy is a similar process, but rather than focusing on your whole body, it is used to target a specific area with a hand-held device. It speeds up your body’s healing process by sending oxygenated and enzyme-rich blood to the affected area.
So, if you’re suffering from an injury such as tennis elbow or plantar fasciitis, this is an effective treatment that will penetrate deep into the tissue and reduce swelling and inflammation. This provides significant pain relief and helps you to improve your mobility.
How Much Does Cryotherapy Cost on the Sunshine Coast?
At FloCryo, a standard single session of whole body cryotherapy costs $79, with a single session for localised cryo at $64. This is actually cheaper than seeing a Sunshine Coast Physio, and we also have many special deals and packages available at a discounted rate. Plus, did you know your work-related injury may also be covered by WorkCover at FloCryo? This can depend on the case manager, but the team at FloCryo are more than happy to speak to them on your behalf.
But, Is Cryotherapy Safe?
Absolutely! Cryo is a holistic treatment and is a completely safe, pain-free experience with no side effects. Plus, it’s super convenient! Whole body cryo sessions only take 3 minutes, with a localised cryo treatment taking from 5 to 12 minutes, depending on the treatment area. You’ll also be able to feel the cold vapours doing their job straight away and providing you with that much needed pain relief.
What Conditions Can Cryotherapy Help With?
Both whole body cryo and localised cryo have been successful in treating a number of different injuries and conditions. The use of cryotherapy can also reduce the need for pain management medication.
Some of the conditions cryotherapy can help with include:
- Tennis Elbow
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Disc Inflammation
- Back and Knee Pain
- Recovery from Surgery
Besides injury rehabilitation, whole body cryotherapy can result in better overall health and wellbeing, including better emotional health.
So, Should I Ditch the Physio for Cryo?
Both physiotherapy and cryotherapy are extremely beneficial when it comes to treating and managing injuries. That’s why we don’t necessarily recommend replacing one with the other, but instead using them together to achieve pain and inflammation relief.
Physiotherapy plays a critical role in managing injuries through education and improving the range of movement. On the other hand, cryotherapy is an effective way to substantially decrease discomfort and pain and accelerate the recovery process. Studies have found that cryotherapy can actually allow for more intensive physiotherapy, with evidence of a significant reduction of pain over a period of 2 months. Many patients consider it to be an essential part of their rehabilitation program.
By adding some cryotherapy to your physio routine, you can significantly reduce your pain and inflammation, allowing you to recover quicker and get back to doing the things you love.