Cryotherapy is a hypothermic application designed to reduce muscoloskeletal pain and inflammation. Cryotherapy stimulates the nervous system through skin receptors, causing dramatic peripheral vasoconstriction. This induces adaptive changes correlating with effects of analgesia, reduction of inflammation, and increases in serum markers of tissue repair.
HISTORY OF CRYOTHERAPY
Research into extreme cold therapy began in 1978 by Dr. T. Yamauchi, a rheumatologist in Japan. He started using freezing treatments of short duration on his rheumatoid arthritis patients’ skin surface for pain management purposes. He concluded that rapid short-term freezing of the skin’s surface led to immediate release of endorphins and is more effective than gradual cooling in an ice bath. Further research conducted over the last two decades in Europe has established cryotherapy as a powerful treatment for inflammatory disorders and injuries.
Cryotherapy treatments are administered individually via specific machines. Whole Body Cryotherapy takes place via a CryoSauna while Local Cryotherapy utilises a specialised equipment with extensions. The machines use gasiform nitrogen to rapidly lower the skin’s top layer to 32°F while cabin temperature drops to a range of (minus) -220°F to -274°F. During the two to three minutes of extreme cold, the brain stimulates the body’s organ regulatory functions resulting in energy increase, cell rejuvenation, immune system boost, and overall system self-healing.
Professionals in three primary industries are utilizing whole body cryotherapy and cryosaunas in their practices:
- Sports & Fitness: Athletes, Physical Therapists, Chiropractors
- Health & Wellness: Wellness Centers, Chiropractors, Acupuncturists
- Beauty & Spa: Skin Care & Medical Spas, Weight Loss Clinics