Cryostretching

Cryostretching is a technique combining cold therapy or cryotherapy and stretching. Application of a cold pack is used to reduce muscle spasms and so increase flexibility.

Cryostretching involves three phases of cold application, static stretching and then contract - relax technique. First the body part is cooled for up to 20 minutes in which time it should become numb.

Following this two sets of 65 second stretches are applied with a 20 second rest between sets. Each period of 65 seconds consists mainly of static stretching, with three 5 second isometric contractions interspersed throughout the stretch. There should not be any pain throughout the procedure.

Ice reduces muscle spasm allowing the muscle to relax more and so increasing the stretch. Static stretches overcome the stretch reflex to reduce muscle spasm. Muscle relaxation is often greater following a contraction than before

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