Cryotherapy, sometimes known as cold therapy, is the local or general use of low temperatures in medical therapy .
Cryotherapy is used for pain relief and muscle healing and can help with muscle pain, as well as some joint and muscle disorders, such as arthritis . It may also promote faster healing of athletic injuries.
Doctors have long recommended using ice packs on injured and painful muscles. Doing so may increase blood circulation after the ice pack is removed, promoting healing and pain relief.
A study published in 2000 found that Cryotherapy offered temporary relief from the pain of rheumatoid arthritis .
Another 2017 study also supports the benefits of Cryotherapy for relieving muscle pain and speeding healing.