Cyrotherapy

Cryotherapy is the use of Cryogenic temperature to stimulate the outer layer of the skin. The extreme cold causes the body to radically respond, increasing blood flow and releasing hormones and neurotransmitters which collectively speeds up recovery.

It is a revolutionary concept in healthcare to significantly reduce pain and inflammation and harness the body’s potential to accelerate healing by up to 200%.

Also referred to as cryostimulation, it involves the use of cryogenic temperatures ranging between -75 and -160 ̊ C. Treatments typically do not exceed 3 minutes allowing the skin to rapidly cool down to approximately 5 ̊ C.

This brief barrage of the thermorecetors just underneath the surface of the skin puts into effect a cascade of physiological responses that are highly therapeutic. Cryotherapy has a significant evidence base, offering empirical evidence for the effective adjunct treatment of many conditions.

It is used for the following:

  • Back pain & nerve pain
  • Whiplash
  • Tendonopathies:
    • Tennis elbow
    • Golfer’s elbow
    • Achillies tendinitis
    • Shoulder impingement
  • Inflammatory Conditions:
    • Rheumatoid Arthritis
    • Fibromyalgia
    • Ankylosing spondylitis
    • Multiple sclerosis
    • Psoarisis
    • Plantar fasciitis

The treatment achieves:

  • Pain relief
  • Decreased inflammation
  • Improved microcirculation
  • Injury recovery acceleration

How does Cyrotherapy work?

The cold stimulus is picked up by thermoreceptors situated just under the surface of the skin, these receptors send impulses up to the hypothalamus, which is the thermo regulatory centre in the brain, the hypothalalmus responds by various physiological means to restore homeostasis (optimum temperature).

There is an initial constriction of the vessels and capillaries in the treatment area swiftly followed by dilation of the vessels and capillaries to reheat the cooled tissue.

The dilation expands the blood vessels by approximately 4 times their normal diameter causing an up to 4 fold increase in blood, oxygen and nutrient supply and also an increased supply of repair cells hence greatly speeding up the repair process.

Important hormones are released in response to the cold stimulus namely beta endorphins and norepinephrine, having a potent pain relieving and anti- inflammatory effect respectively while being intrinsic to the body and thus without harmful side effects.

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