Though many people think of warmth when they think of the therapies that they receive from a masseuse, an ice massage also has a wide range of helpful benefits for a number of different types of medical conditions. As a form of cryotherapy, it is an effective treatment for several forms of musculoskeletal conditions and injuries.

An ice massage is practiced by using frozen water in the form of cubes, packs, cups, or specialty therapy devices, in order to help reduce swelling, inflammation, and pain to tissues that have been injured. When properly applied, it can also help to ease or mobilize tissues so that healing will be promoted. Both acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions can be treated in this way.

The key to the benefits of ice massage is the fact that it helps to reduce the flow of blood to the injured area, which results in decreased swelling. The less inflammation and swelling there is, the less pain the recipient will feel. Furthermore, removing heat from an injured area is a natural form of pain reliever (analgesic), as the tissues are numbed, muscle spasms become less frequent, and the metabolic rate of the tissues slows.

Many people enjoy an ice massage due to the immediate relief they feel, in addition to the fact that it is a natural therapy that does not require the use of drugs and medications.