Cryotherapy in dogs

 

The cold is one of the most commonly used for the treatment and prevention of muscle aches and inflammation joints or soft tissue.

After surgery, in cases of soft tissue injury: tendinitis, muscle injuries, the application of cold reduces pain, prevents the formation of excess of inflammation and helps solve it if it has appeared.

cold pack perroThere are several studies that speak of efficiency of the use of cryotherapy in its various aspects, application of ice, bags of instant cold, cold pack disposable, devices of neoprene for use with cold packs or crushed ice, immersion in cold water with ice cubes?

All of them have their advantages and their disadvantages.

Techniques that usedirect, or immersion in cold water ice have the problem of wet the skin of the animal and transmit too much moisture to the body of the animal, the icy water that is just touching the skin of the animal can cause burns and irritation, human recommends always put a cloth between the ice and the skin of the patient.

Sometimes, dogs we think their own fur is enough, but we have problems with water, very cold, which is right next to the dog's skin. Therefore it is best to avoid this direct contact.

Do there expensive equipment of? dry ice? they are machines that emit air very cold and are used in centers of human rehabilitation, especially in sports centres, clearly lower temperature tissue if wet skin and without creating moisture or irritation. Hair of the dog can be an impediment for the penetration of the cold of this type of appliance, this factor along with the high price make that this technique is practically not used in dogs.

System des fastening is another important factor; they exist in the market Sistema ideal para fijar hielo a la rodillavery well designed fastening systems which allow the dog to a certain mobility without slipping off the ice, it is extremely recommended straps or other more advanced systems restraint already so sure ice intimate contact with the dog's skin and that this contact will last as long as that lasts for the treatment.

The estimated treatment time must be between 15 and 20 minutes, the most recent studies recommend these set times which are those that allow to keep a tissue during a certain time more or less deep, as for example a capsule articular knee at a temperature that is considered therapeutic 15ºc. The knee is precisely one of the joints where more ice can use as treatment system and a ddevice that secure ice to the knee You can help us much more effective. If the internal tissue does not drop to 15 ° C we are not well leveraging the possibilities of cryotherapy.

The latest novelty in the cryotherapy treatment is convinarla withthe latest evolution of the compression and the compression is that this is alternating. There is a single machine on the market that makes these two components, cryotherapy and intermittent compression in a device the cold and compression system.

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