Cryotherapy

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cryotherapy generalities

Cryotherapy - generalities

Since the ancient time, people have been using the therapeutic powers of the cold for healing the pain, reducing the inflammations, improving the health and preventing the diseases.

200 years ago, a German science man called Sebastian Kneipp dived into the cold water of the Danube in order to treat the tuberculosis (it was a mortal disease at that times). As a result of this, he demonstrated that even the worst diseases could be treated by stimulating the immune system. Later, he invented a hardening technique, which is used nowadays, too.

Once the science evolved, new cryogenic agents have been used for creating low temperatures. The most used one was the liquid nitrogen, which has a temperature of -195,77°C (the nitrogen represents 78% of the atmosphere).

In the '70s, the Japanese professor Tosimo Yamauchi invented a new therapeutic method based on the exposure of the body at temperatures up to -180°C.

The results were surprising. The new method was healing the neuralgias, the injuries and the depressions in a way that wasn't scientifically tested before. The therapy with cold produced a revolution in medicine and cosmetic. His work was a blessing: in 10 years, his clinic treated more than 2000 patients with bad rheumatic diseases. At 80% of them the pain was totally removed and they could come back to a normal life.

Yamauchi presented for the first time his method of the therapy with cold at a Rheumatology Congress which took place in 1979 in Wiesbaden. It was very appreciated by the participants. As a result, in 1984, professor Reinhard Fricke treated at his clinic more than 100 patients/day, using the cryosauna. Nowadays, only in the Western Europe there are more than 1000 cryotherapy centers where millions of people enjoy the benefits of the cryosauna.

The medical efficiency of the aircryotherapy is given by the speed of the decreased temperature, which gets really low.

Aircryotherapy procedure can be performed in CRYOSAUNA (open individual cabin in which the body is exposed to cold only from the neck down) or CRYOCAMERA (closed cabin for one or four people in which the whole body is exposed). In Cryosauna temperature is achieved using liquid nitrogen and can reach about -180°C, and in cryocamera the temperature is achieved using high power electric refrigeration compressors, temperature reaching about -120°C.

During the aircryotherapy procedure, the patient enters the cryosauna wearing only underwear, gloves and wool slippers. A member of the staff adjusts the height of the floor in order to maintain the shoulders of the patient at the same level with the upper border of the cabin. Then, the patient is exposed to a cold mix of nitrogen steams and air. In less than 30 seconds, the temperature decreases from -20°C at the desired temperature (-180°C maximum).

The temperature of the skin decreases shortly at 0°C and then, because of the intensification of the peripheral blood flow, it reaches 35°C (the normal temperature of the skin in 32,5°C). Given the fact that the procedure is very short (1-3 minutes), the superficial layer of the skin is the only one who is cooling, the temperature of the internal organs remaining the same.

In cryochamber, the person enters only in underwear, as in cryosauna, but he also has head protection from the cold (hat and mouth mask), gloved on hands and wool slippers on feet.

The first effect of the cryosauna can be noticed at 5-10 minutes after the procedure, when the patient achieves a good mood (as a result of releasing endorphins in the blood) which is maintained for at least 6 hours. Many people told that they had a deep sleep after the procedure.

After 3-4 procedures, the patient can notice amazing results: the skin gets younger, the pain is healed, first signs of loosing weight appear (which is amplified if the patient combines the cryosauna with massage and fitness). For long lasting results, there are recommended series of 10-20 procedures.

The procedure is not toxic or dangerous for people, staff and environment.

Cryosauna is not included in any medical devices category and it doesn't need any special authorization.

Cryocamera is a medical device and can be used in hospitals.

Due to the multiple beneficial effects, with no side effects, cryosauna and cryochamber will be soon as popular as in the rest of Europe and USA.