Cryotherapy (often referred to as cold therapy) is a non-invasive treatment that uses extreme cold to create a therapeutic effect. Traditional methods for horses are cold hosing, using ice buckets, ice boots, cold water boots and cold packs.
However, advancements in cold therapy have allowed for more practical and effective methods to be developed such as the use of cold-water treadmills, chambers and INSTANTCRYO™.
The handheld device INSTANTCRYO™ allows for treatments to be targeted to specific areas of the body. It uses a combination of extreme cold temperature and high pressure to achieve the full effects of cryotherapy that traditional methods can’t.
How does INSTANTCRYO™ Cryotherapy work?
INSTANTCRYO™ uses extreme cold and liquid C02 that comes out at high pressure. Within 30 seconds, the horse’s skin surface temperature of the treated area is reduced to 39°F (4°C). This stimulates the following responses which together make up the ‘Cryotherapeutic Effect’:
As a result of these physiological adaptions, the benefits of localized cryotherapy for equine use are wide. Research continues to expose the many ways cold therapy can aid in improving the health of horses.
Regular treatments allow for:
- Significant reductions in inflammation and pain
- Quicker and more eficient recovery and rehabilitation
- Reduced lameness and increased mobility
- Reduced risk of developing future injuries/conditions
Even if a horse isn’t suffering from a specific condition or injury, the benefits of cryotherapy will help support and maintain its general health and wellness.
Regular INSTANTCRYO™ treatments along the spine are also recommended for the benefits of cryotherapy to be experienced across the whole body.
INSTANTCRYO™ Equine Device Treating a Horse's Stifle Injury