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Cryotherapy

Cryotherapy

Understanding the Benefits of Cryotherapy

What is Cryotherapy?

Cryotherapy, which literally translates to “cold therapy,” is a treatment that involves exposing the body to extremely cold temperatures for many minutes.

Cryo can be applied to a single location using Cryolipolysis or the entire body.

Whole-body cryotherapy (WBC) is based on the idea that immersing the body in extremely cold air for several minutes can provide a variety of health benefits. The individual will stand in a small enclosure or enclosed chamber that surrounds their body but has a top entrance for their head. The temperature within the chamber will decrease to between – 130°C and -185°C. They’ll be in the ultra-cold air for two to four minutes.

Cryotherapy can be beneficial after just one session, but it is most successful when used on a regular basis. Cryo is used by some sportsmen twice a day. Others will go every day for ten days, then once a month thereafter.

What are the Benefits?

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What are the Benefits?

1, Relieves migraine symptoms

By chilling and numbing nerves in the neck, cryotherapy can help alleviate migraines. According to one study 1, the application of a neck wrap comprising two frozen ice packs to the carotid arteries in the neck considerably reduced migraine discomfort in individuals who were suffering. This is considered to work by lowering the temperature of blood travelling through cerebral arteries. The carotid arteries are easily accessible and close to the skin’s surface.

2, Numbs nerve irritation

Cryotherapy has been used to treat injuries by many athletes for years, and one of the reasons is that it can numb the pain. An inflamed nerve can be numbed by the cold. Doctors will use a small probe implanted into nearby tissue to treat the afflicted area. Pinched nerves or neuromas, chronic pain, and even acute injuries can all benefit from this treatment.

3, Aids in the treatment of mood disorders

Whole-body cryotherapy uses ultra-cold temperatures that can trigger physiological hormonal reactions. Adrenaline, noradrenaline, and endorphins are all released during this process 2. This helps people who are suffering from anxiety and depression. According to one study, whole-body cryotherapy was useful in the short-term treatment of both.

4, Reduces the pain associated with arthritic conditions

Localised cryotherapy isn’t the sole therapeutic option for serious illnesses; one study found that whole-body cryotherapy improved pain in persons with arthritis 3. The therapy was found to be well-tolerated. As a result, more intensive physiotherapy and occupational therapy could be implemented. As a result, rehabilitation programmes were more effective.

5, Helps to treat low-risk tumours

Localised and targeted cryotherapy can be utilised to treat cancers. It’s known as “cryosurgery”. It works by encasing cancer cells in ice crystals and freezing them. It’s now being used to treat some low-risk malignancies in cancer patients, particularly prostate cancer patients.

6, Prevents dementia and Alzheimer’s disease

While further research is required to determine the efficacy of this method, it is considered that whole-body cryotherapy could prevent Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. The anti-oxidative and anti-inflammatory actions of cryotherapy are hypothesised to help battle the inflammatory and oxidative stress responses that occur with Alzheimer’s disease 4.

7, Treats Atopic dermatitis and other skin problems

Atopic dermatitis is a chronic inflammatory skin condition characterised by dry, itchy skin. Because cryo can boost antioxidant levels in the blood while also reducing inflammation, it’s no surprise that both localised and whole-body cryotherapy can aid with atopic dermatitis treatment 5, Another study (in mice) looked at how it affected acne by focusing on the sebaceous glands.

How Does
Cryotherapy Work?

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How Does Cryotherapy Work?

Cold receptors on the skin stimulate the sympathetic nervous system, causing severe vasoconstriction (narrowing of blood vessels) followed by rapid vasodilation (widening of blood vessels). To protect essential organs and preserve core temperature, the flow of blood to the skin’s surface and extremities is redirected. When the body is exposed to extreme cold, it triggers a series of powerful adaptive (survival) mechanisms involving the body’s most important systems.

The patient is dressed in medical scrubs and given socks, gloves, and mouth and ear protection before entering the chamber. The skin temperature never drops below 5°C during the therapy, while the core temperature remains constant.

Endorphins are released as a result of the treatment, and the body experiences natural pain alleviation. The immediate effect of skin cooling and pain alleviation lasts only a few minutes, but the release of endorphins in patients can reduce pain and inflammation for weeks, allowing for more frequent and successful physiotherapy treatment.

Cryo can help the body’s natural ability to remove toxins by boosting blood circulation and guaranteeing an appropriate supply of oxygen and nutrients to body tissues.

Elite athletes around the world are increasingly using this treatment to enhance post-training recovery and repair ailments.

What are the possible
side effects
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What are the possible side effects?

Cryo is very safe and has few negative effects. They normally aren’t serious and don’t last long. Speak to our nurses or doctors if you think you’re experiencing any other adverse effects.

Numbness, tingling, redness, and irritation of the skin are the most typical side effects of any type of cryo. Almost all of these side effects are only transient. If they don’t go away within 24 hours, make an appointment with your doctor.

Cryotherapy should never be used for longer than is recommended for the type of therapy you’re receiving. This would take more than four minutes for whole-body cryotherapy. If you’re using an ice pack or an ice bath at home, don’t leave it on for longer than 20 minutes. To avoid damaging your skin, wrap ice packs in a towel.

Cryotherapy should not be used by people who have diabetes or any other ailment that affects their nerves. They may not be able to completely comprehend its impact, which could result in more nerve damage.

Cryotherapy has proven
effective for a variety
of conditions

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Cryotherapy has proven effective for a variety of conditions

Cryotherapy has helped patients with a variety of medical issues, including:
Actinic keratoses
Basal cell carcinoma (BCC)
Bowen’s Disease
Cancer
Eczema
Frozen shoulder
Ligament strains
Muscle strains
Seborrhoeic Keratosis
Sports Performance & Recovery
Tendonitis
Treat Mood Disorders
Viral Warts

What to expect?

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What to expect?

Before having cryotherapy at Pure Medical you will be seen by one of our doctors, they will check to see if you’re healthy enough to receive therapy. Your treatment will be inside a chamber, please tell the doctor or one of our nurses or chamber tenders if you have a fear of enclosed spaces (claustrophobia). Our specialist nurses will be able to support you, such as help with relaxation techniques to calm you.

 

Treatments are usually repeated over days or weeks. You should complete the whole course for the most benefit.

 

If you are sick or have the following symptoms, your treatment session may be postponed:
  • Severe cold or flu
  • Chest infection
  • Runny nose
  • Sickness (nausea)

 

How should I prepare?

To prepare for cryotherapy on the skin, most people don’t need to do anything specific. Before cryo, our doctor or professional nurses will offer you instructions to assist you.
A few days before cryo, you may need to cease using certain drugs, such as aspirin or blood thinners. Other additional instructions could include the following:
  • Limiting the amount of food and liquid you consume prior to the procedure, or,
  • making arrangements for someone to drive you home following the surgery. It is always better to go to the bathroom before your treatment.
If you’re anxious about needing to use the restroom during your treatment, talk to the nurse.

 

What should I expect?

After the initial cold shock, the temperature will rise slightly due to the patient’s body heat, some patients describe a feeling of panic due to the confined space and thick fog, Our chamber tenders will be on hand to support you throughout the 3 – 4 minutes of treatment. As your body begins to adjust to the cold, the fog will begin to clear. Although the chamber is cold, many patients say that they expected it to be colder.

ADVICE & SUGGESTIONS

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ADVICE & SUGGESTIONS

If you have any conditions that you want to treat with cryotherapy, make sure you tell the person who will be aiding you or providing your treatment about them. Before beginning any form of therapy, it’s always a good idea to check with your GP.

Wear dry, loose-fitting clothing if you’re getting whole-body cryotherapy. To avoid frostbite, wear socks and gloves. If possible, move about during therapy to keep your circulation flowing.

If you’re having cryosurgery, your Consultant will talk to you about specific preparations ahead of time. It’s possible that you won’t be able to eat or drink for the next 12 hours.

For professional Cryotherapy services contact Pure Medical.

Transform your health

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Transform your health

The Pure Medical Program gives you a once-in-a-lifetime chance to invest in your health as you become older, allowing you to maximise your cognition, vitality, and quality of life.

We’ve developed a cutting-edge approach that combines:

By combining these treatment modalities Pure Medical are able to customise cognitive and physical training regimens, along with dietary coaching.

The ageing process has varied effects on every one of us. This is why our diverse healthcare team employs in-depth exams and analytics to build a strategy that is completely tailored to you.

As a consequence, you’ll receive a thorough treatment that will help you improve your cognitive and physical performance while also making you feel your best, regardless of your age.

Scientific Case Studies

In this section, you will find an array of scientific case studies.

Cryotherapy for arthritis

Cryotherapy is a highly effective treatment for muscle and joint pain. This makes it the perfect remedy for people suffering from arthritis. Rather than targeting one joint at a time, it offers whole-body relief 6, 7.

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Cryotherapy for Actinic Keratoses

Cryotherapy can be used to freeze actinic keratoses and thereby eradicate them. Liquid nitrogen is applied to the afflicted skin, causing blistering or peeling. Damaged cells peel off when your skin heals, revealing new skin beneath 8, 9.

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Cryotherapy for Alzheimer’s Disease

Dementia and mild cognitive impairments (MCI) are still incurable. Whole-Body Cryotherapy (WBC), which involves brief, cyclic exposure to extremely low temperatures, has been shown to have anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties. It can also affect hormones, lipids, and the nervous system 10, 11.

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Cryotherapy for Basal cell carcinoma (BCC)

For smaller, superficial BCCs, cryosurgery is successful. It’s especially beneficial for those who have bleeding issues or have difficulty tolerating anaesthesia. The cure rate ranges between 85 to 90% 12, 13.

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Cryotherapy for Bowen’s Disease

To freeze the damaged skin, liquid nitrogen is sprayed on it. The process may be painful, and the skin may be sore for a few days thereafter. Within a few weeks, the afflicted skin will scab over and fall off 14, 15.

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Cryotherapy for Cognitive Performance

When the body is subjected to intense cold, levels of the hormone and neurotransmitter norepinephrine rise dramatically, giving anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidative effects, increasing vigilance, attention, focus, and a positive mood. It can also induce hormonal, lipid and neural changes. 16, 17.

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Cryotherapy (Cryosurgery) for Cancer

Cryotherapy is a cancer-killing treatment that uses extremely freezing temperatures to kill cancer cells. Cryotherapy is a treatment option for a variety of cancers and precancerous disorders. The following cancers can be treated using cryosurgery:

  • Retinoblastoma
  • Basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas are two types of skin malignancies
  • AIDS-related Kaposi sarcoma skin lesions
  • Prostate cancer in its early stages
  • Carcinoma of the liver that is only found in the liver
  • Chondrosarcoma is the most common type of bone cancer.
  • Lung cancer that isn’t tiny cell

Cryosurgery is also used to treat the following non-cancerous conditions:

  • Skin growths called actinic keratoses that can turn into cancer
  • Abnormal cell changes in the cervix can turn into cervical cancer, known as cervical intraepithelial neoplasia or cervical precancer
  • Benign bone tumours, such as enchondroma, giant cell tumour, aneurysmal bone cyst, and chondroblastoma

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Cryotherapy for Dermatitis, Eczema & Skin Conditions

Cryotherapy is a non-invasive, painless, and rapid treatment for itchy, painful, dry, and inflamed skin, which can help manage the symptoms of eczema, psoriasis, and dermatitis 20.

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Cryotherapy for Fibromyalgia

For a long time, Whole Body Cryotherapy has been used successfully to treat fibromyalgia. It is beneficial in the treatment of pain, muscle tiredness, secondary inflammatory diseases, sleep, and mood disturbances that are typical in this condition 21, 22.

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Cryotherapy for Frozen Shoulder

When compared to those who did not use cryotherapy as part of their treatment, those who used cryotherapy experienced statistically significant gains in range of motion (ROM). Increased shoulder flexion as a result of cryotherapy. Abduction of the shoulders has increased 23.

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Cryotherapy for Gout

Cryo can help to reduce inflammation in gouty joints in the short term 24.

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Cryotherapy for Headaches & Migraines

By chilling and numbing nerves in the neck, cryotherapy can help alleviate migraines. The application of a neck wrap comprising two frozen ice packs to the carotid arteries in the neck considerably reduced migraine discomfort in individuals who were evaluated, according to one study 25, 26.

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Cryotherapy for Ligament strains

Following an ACL injury, cryotherapy can help you rebuild strength, flexibility, and mobility in your knee. Whether your injury requires physical therapy or surgery, reducing swelling and inflammation (as well as discomfort) as soon as possible will greatly improve your prognosis 27, 28.

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Cryotherapy for Muscle strains

Cryotherapy can be used to treat muscular pain as well as various joint and muscle problems including arthritis. It may also hasten the recovery of athletic injuries. Ice packs have long been advised by doctors for injured or aching muscles 29, 30.

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Cryotherapy for Osteoarthritis

Whole-body cryotherapy, when used in conjunction with comprehensive physiotherapy, is an effective treatment for osteoarthritis that greatly improves mobility. When cryotherapy is employed in a long-term treatment process, the final result is unquestionably better 31, 32.

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Cryotherapy for Parkinson’s Disease

Auto-immune disorders, illness, trauma, and other sources of systemic and peripheral inflammation can all be reduced by whole-body cryotherapy. We believe that lowering the inflammatory burden throughout the body can lower the likelihood of Parkinson’s disease 33.

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Cryotherapy for Psoriasis

Cryotherapy can be used in psoriasis spot treatments to target plaques. Psoriasis symptoms may potentially benefit from whole-body cryotherapy. After a cryotherapy treatment, 72 percent of participants observed their psoriasis lesions clear up, according to one research 34.

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Cryotherapy for Sports Recovery & Performance

Top athletes such as Steph Curry and Cristiano Ronaldo, among others, have begun utilising cryotherapy, a novel method for full-body rehabilitation, in recent years. The advantages could be the consequence of whole-body cryotherapy improving muscle oxygenation while also reducing cardiovascular strain, according to the researchers behind recent studies. Whole-body cryotherapy produces an anti-inflammatory response in athletes, according to a growing body of studies 35, 36.

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