Cotswold Dog Spa
Therapy Centre, Hartpury College, Gloucester. GL19 3BE
Tel: 01452 702177
Thermotherapy (heat therapy) utilises heat to increase the metabolic activity of cells to promote the removal of waste products and improve the repair process. Heat also causes increased blood flow to the area to further assist in the removal of waste products and increase the supply of nutrients to the area. Similar to having a nice warm bath, the increased blood flow causes muscle fibres to relax, helping to resolve muscle tension and spasm, as well as providing pain relief.
Cryotherapy (ice therapy) utilises cold to reduce the metabolic activity of cells, causing a decrease in blood flow, haemorrhage and the number of white blood cells. This is to help reduce inflammation and decrease pain and swelling associated with tissue damage. Cryotherapy is commonly used post surgery or injury, and for acute inflammation.