Home > Blog > Physiotherapy > Conditions > Cold Therapy and Physiotherapy

book your physio appointments now

Cold Therapy and Physiotherapy

Also known as cryotherapy, cold therapy refers specificly to the use of cold or cooling treatment modalities for patients with pain.

With a cold pack, our senior physiotherapists can use the power of cold to compress and vasoconstrict vessels, to help decrease the amount of swelling flowing/moving into a local area of tissues, which slows down swelling as well as the natural pain chemicals that get released in tandem with injury/swelling.

...resulting in

  • pain relief
  • decreased swelling and
  • decreased inflammation

Cold therapy will decrease swelling to some degree (and in some situations, may even be able to stop bleeding) at the local injury site, and that's why it is an important part of pain and injury management.

We use these cold treatments usually after therapy treatments (depending on the swelling/how acute the condition/pain is), or as and when where there is injury and there is acute pain.

If you combine it with resting, immobilization (rest), elevation as well as anti-inflammation medicine, they will work synergistically and rapidly to bring down swelling and pain.

Common conditions where cold therapy is applied/can be useful:

How to apply cold therapy if you sustained an injury and awaiting treatment

If you received/sustained an acute injury (or a flare up) due to direct trauma (such as accidents, falls, hit by object etc), if there is no open wound, you can and should immediately apply ice/cold pack therapy to the injured site.

Please DO NOT apply ice directly, as that may cause frost-bite/ice-burn, or worse, if there is open wound, it may introduce foreign bacteria into the wounds. What you should do instead is to place the ice into a plastic bag, add some water (makes it colder), seal it up, and cover with a layer of towel.

Then apply to injured site intermittently (one minute on, 15 seconds off) and repeat.

Please do note apply the ice directly, nor ice more than 5 minutes directly, remember to do it intermittently.

Do seek medical advice and our senior physiotherapists to help you.

Back to Top

book your physio appointments now

Phoenix Rehab Physio Services

Phoenix Rehab Group works with specialist physiotherapists and rehab therapists who are highly trained, qualified, experienced and passionate to provide high level of expert care to our patients.


Patients who sustained injuries to their elbows, forearms, hands, wrists (sprains and fractures) and fingers, and requires Hand Therapy to increase the function of their hand following injuries or post-operations as well as custom made hand splints.

Commonly treated hand pain injuries includes


Clinical Pilates is a form of physical exercise that focuses on posture, core stability, balance, control, strength, flexibility and breathing.

It is a system of safe and effective exercises, which meet specific individual needs, to treat a wide range of injuries and conditions.

You may do Pilates as matwork or with the reformer or both, and every session will be customized 100% to your fitness, injury and tolerance.



Sports and deep tissue release massage helps to increase nutrient-rich blood flow to tired, tight and tense muscles to

  • accelerate recovery and
  • shorten downtime / recovery period required

It also prevents muscles from scar tissue micro-tears (and potential ruptures), and increases muscle performance.

Done regularly, it will keeps your muscles healthy and fit with body/movement-confidence. Read the benefits of regular deep tissue release therapy here.


All our allied health therapists and TCM physicians are fully insured and registered with Allied Health Professions Council (AHPC) and Traditional Chinese Medicine Board (TCMB).

See our entire team here with introductions and their specializations.

At the first session, our specialist physiotherapists will carry out a thorough assessment, helping them to select the most appropriate treatment to help you recover as well as provide treatment in the same session.

Follow up sessions are inline to provide expert treatment for your pain as well as prescribing specific exercises to reduce your risk of re-injury and giving you a long term solution.

do Tell Your Family, Friends And Colleagues About Us =)

We appreciate you as our valued clients and want you to know that the # 1 way we grow as a clinic / brand is through word of mouth referrals from valued patients like yourself.

We do not rely on advertising - instead, we prefer and appreciate the goodwill and positive reinforcement from patients. When you have the chance, please tell your family, friends and physicians about the positive results and experience you have had in our physio clinics.

book your physio appointments now