The combination of cryotherapy (q.v.) with exercise.
[cryo- + kinetics]
cryokinetics(kri?o-ki-net'iks) [? + kinesis, motion]
The therapeutic use of cold (such as ice packs or ice immersion) before active exercise. The application of cold increases the amount of motion that is available to a joint by decreasing pain. Active exercise increases range of motion, improves tissue tensile strength, and enhances healing. See: cryotherapy
Cold therapy is administered to the patient until skin numbness is reported. Non–weight-bearing or weight-bearing exercises are then implemented without causing pain.
CAUTION!This technique should not be used in patients for whom cold application cryotherapy or active exercise is contraindicated.
n therapeutic process that includes application of external cold therapy to an area and is followed with full passive range of movement.