Cryotherapy Service

We are delighted to partner with Cryonic Medical to offer localized cryotherapy treatments to Equines.  Cryotherapy is a non-invasive and effective treatment for a wide variety of injuries. This localized treatment uses Carbon Dioxide gas to produce intense, powerful cold for a short period of time with the purpose of causing a thermal shock. The CO2 gas put under pressure by the Cryoscreen device creates intense cold (minus 78 degrees Celsius!) to enable thermal shock to be easily achieved.

Treatments allow the animal to recover quicker and return to exercise but it is also the most effective way to maximise the healing effects at the injured site. This is largely due to the increased circulation of blood and metabolic processes remaining higher for longer. Cryostimulation will reduce the intensity of pain and swelling occurring from an injury, which is especially important for athletes who take part in professional training sessions and are regularly challenged with these types of problem (Bleakley et al., 2004).

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The spa can help the following equine injuries:

  • Reduction of inflammation

  • Decreased swellings

  • Increased circulation of fresh oxygenated blood to the site

  • Speeds up recovery of tendon injuries

  • Reduction of spasm

  • Reduced recovery time for injuries

  • Enhances healing post-surgery

  • Enhances recovery of muscle and ligament strains

  • Revitalises tired and hot legs after competition
  • Tendon and Ligament Injuries
  • Sore shins, bruising, splints and ringbone
  • Bursitis and synovitis
  • Inflammation of Joints
  • Abscesses, bruising and hoof related problems
  • Mud fever and skin conditions
  • Injury Prevention and increased mobility
  • Preventative measure – pre and post competitions
  • Soft-tissue damage
  • Fractures
  • Laminitis
  • Flesh wounds
  • Concussion
  • Arthritis
  • Navicular syndrome
  • Sesamoiditis
What does it actually do?
The spa works in several different ways which combine to produce extraordinary healing results:

1. Temperature: The Spa water is chilled to between 2 °C and 4 °C, to reduce heat and inflammation. At this temperature, analgesic pain management is provided and enzyme degeneration of tendons post trauma is inhibited.
2. Salt Concentration: The salt acts as a hypertonic poultice, reducing heat while having a natural healing effect on wounds. Water density increases with salt concentration, which in turn increases pressure to aid fluid and waste dispersal.
3. Aeration: This has a massaging effect on the leg, and increases the dissolved oxygen content of the spa solution.

4. Depth: The depth of the water is proportionate to the pressure exerted on the leg which aids fluid and waste dispersal. Water depth of the spa is adjustable dependent upon the position and severity of injury.
5. Biological Control: Temperature and chemical levels combine to eliminate the transfer of microbiological infection.
6. Dissolved Oxygen: As water temperature decreases, its ability to carry oxygen increases. Increased oxygenation through the introduction of aeration is believed to enhance natural defence systems, much like the use of a hyperbaric chamber for humans.

The local treatment provides a rush of oxygenated blood, a natural analgesic effect, and a reduction in muscle tension to the targeted area (Bleakley et al., 2004). Post-treatment, this circulation of blood in the treatment area increases the rates of healing and recovery in the injured tissues (Swenson et al., 1996).

Additionally, the natural analgesic effect provided from the treatment and the relaxation of muscles allows the individual to gradually increase their exercise tolerance, strengthen the muscles and joints reducing the risk of injury in the future (Bleakley et al., 2004).

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Cryotherapy Service
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