Cryotherapy is a treatment based on short-term exposure of the body to a temperature of at least 170 ºC below zero. The exposure to very low temperatures has beneficial effects on the body, such as relieving articular pains, muscle aches, and stiffness.
Cryotherapy provides intensive stimulation of the immune system, and enhances endorphin production. Several sessions are helpful in cases of insomnia and patients can loose about 300 calories during each session.
Whole Body Cryotherapy was originally developed in Japan in 1981 by the Japanese rheumatologist Tosimo Yamaguchi, he used this therapy for the treatment of patients suffering from rheumatoid arthritis and to speed up recovery of elite athletes. More recent studies have revealed high therapeutic possibilities for the effect of cryogenic gas on the skin of patients. Major physiotherapy results can be obtained when the entire surface of the skin is exposed.
The patient gets into the chamber of the cryotherapy machine, which is open at the top and the patient’s head is raised above the level of the upper rim of the chamber. The cryoexposure zone is filled with nitrogen vapor and the patient breathes the ambient air. The brain reacts to the skin’s reaction to the cold and stimulates the regulatory functions of the body.
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