Is Cryotherapy for me?
Cryotherapy used in conjunction with Physical Therapy modalities can benefit a range of age groups and people, from the young, agile and mobile sports person looking for a faster recovery from intense training and improved performance to the less mobile, more aged clientele simply looking for pain relief from chronic disorders.
If you do NOT suffer from any of the listed Contraindications then Cryotherapy is for you.
Physical Therapy & Cryotherapy
- Muscles relax after Cryotherapy thus easier to treat. Its pain killing effect is a valuable aid for joint mobilisations
- Private treatment rooms available for client/therapist consultation and treatment
- Gym equipped with treadmills, vibro-plate for client excersise program
- Home care plan (HCP) devised per individual/ team
Expert Answers to Your Questions
- 1. Who developed this technology?
- Whole body cryotherapy was originally developed in Japan in 1978, and the benefits have been studied and refined in Europe since that time.
- 2. Has cryotherapy been tested?
- Researchers in Europe have been developing and refining cryotherapy for more than two decades.
- 3. How do I feel after?
- During each session the body releases endorphines, which are hormones that make you feel good and energetic. The buoyant effects from each session last at least six – eight hours.
- 4. How many treatments should I take to achieve optimal results?
- Depending on the condition of treatment, you should initially take 7 – 10 treatments in close succession (separated by 1-2 days — e.g. 3x/week) to maximize your results. After that you can take fewer treatment spaced further apart to maintain and improve on your results (e.g. once every week or two weeks).
- 5. Who should not use whole body cryotherapy?
- The following conditions are contraindications to whole body cryotherapy: Pregnancy, severe Hypertension (BP> 180/100), acute or recent myocardial infarction, unstable angina pectoris, arrhythmia, symptomatic cardiovascular disease, cardiac pacemaker, peripheral arterial occlusive disease, venous thrombosis, acute or recent cerebrovascular accident, uncontrolled seizures, Raynaud’s Syndrome, fever, tumor disease, symptomatic lung disorders, bleeding disorders, severe anemia, infection, claustrophobia, cold allergy, age less than 18 years (parental consent to treatment needed), acute kidney and urinary tract diseases.
- 6. What are the risks of whole body cryotherapy?
- Whole body cryohtherapy is very well tolerated and has minimal risks: Fluctuations in blood pressure during the procedure by up to 10 points systolically (this effect reverses after the end of the procedure, as peripheral circulation returns to normal), allergic reaction to extreme cold (rare), claustrophobia, anxiety, activation of some viral conditions (cold sores) etc. due to stimulation of the immune system.