POST SURGICAL REHABILITATION

Pain and inflammation usually accompany most surgical procedures. These often hamper the rehabilitation process by reducing circulation and mobility. WBCT and local cryotherapy can have a powerful effect on reducing pain and inflammation, improving circulation and hence facilitating the rehabilitation and healing processes.

Benefits

  • Biostimulating effect leading to faster recovery time
    • Increased cellular metabolism
    • Increased enzyme activity
    • Increased circulation
    • Increased oxygenation and nutrient supply to tissue
  • Reduction in inflammation
    • Release of nor-adrenaline which reduces inflammation
    • Increased anti-inflammatory cytokine interleukin IL-10
    • Decreases in pro-inflammatory interleukin IL-2 and chemokine IL-8
    • The decrease in intercellular adhesion molecule-1
    • Stabilization of lysosomal enzymes
  • Reduction in pain
  • Interruption of development of pain memory
  • WBCT allows for analgesic effect before exercise hence maintaining mobility
  • Decreased swelling
  • In the case of joint replacement surgery, WBCT induces a local cold therapy on the inflamed joint, reducing pain and inflammation, and allowing activation of the surrounding musculature. This prevents degeneration and muscle atrophy occurring. The higher joint mobility ensures a better oxygen and nutrient supply to the joint cartilage.