Thermotherapy is the application of hot or cold elements to the body for pain relief and to assist with functional improvement. it can take the form of heated or cold applications, ultrasound, specialized devices that also provide compression, and some aquatic therapies. It can be beneficial to patients with arthritis, stiff muscles and injuries to the deep tissue of the skin and musculature.
The therapeutic effects of heat, in combination with flexibility exercises during the post acute phase of healing, include increasing the extensibility of tissues; decreasing joint stiffness; reducing pain; relieving muscle spasms; reducing inflammation, edema, and increasing blood flow. The increased blood flow to the affected area provides proteins, nutrients, and oxygen for better healing.
The therapeutic use of cold or chilled elements is intended for use in the acute phase of tissue injury to absorb heat of a closed traumatic or edematous injury by using conduction to transfer thermal energy. The benefits to the patient include pain relief, reduction of reflex muscle spasm, reduction of trauma or surgical induced edema, and to limit further injury.
“The Rollins Center offers animals the same state of the art rehabilitation services that I use in my career as a professional athlete. Our services can assist patients with post-surgical recovery; prevention of further injury; recovery and healing of muscle strains, ligament ruptures, joint sprains and bone fractures; assuaging of patient anxiety or stress; reduction of muscle tightness or spasm; management of chronic conditions including arthritis and degenerative disease; promotion of flexibility and range of motion; weight management; and other beneficial therapies.” -Jimmy Rollins, All Star shortstop for the Philadelphia Phillies