Cryotherapy

What is Whole Body Cryotherapy (WBC)?
Whole-body cryotherapy (WBC) is the use of extremely cold temperatures below minus 130°C and -185°C to stimulate the body. The chamber works by cooling the entire body’s skin surface to promote defensive reflexes and reactions including increased blood circulation and immune and central nervous system stimulation.
Cryotherapy, which literally translates to “cold therapy,” is a treatment that involves exposing the body to extremely cold temperatures for many minutes.
Cryotherapy can be applied to a single location using Cryostar or the entire body.
Whole-body cryotherapy (WBC) is when your body is fully immersed in extremely cold air for several minutes using a cryotherapy chamber, you will receive a number of health benefits. The patient stands in our enclosed chamber that surrounds their body. The enclosure will drop to between negative 130°C and -185°C. The patient will stay in the ultra-low temperature air for between two and four minutes.
Cryotherapy can be beneficial after just one session, but it is most effective when used on a regular basis. Cryotherapy is used by some athletes twice a day. Others will go every day for ten days, then once a month thereafter.

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 Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT), Cryo, Far Infrared Sauna Therapy, Photobiomodulation Therapy, Blood Ozone Therapy, Compression Therapy, and Physio+ Therapy which are customised 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.

Why have whole body
cryotherapy at Pure Medical?

Whole-body cryotherapy is monitored by experienced chamber tenders, who have extensive experience. You don’t need a referral from your doctor to use our cryotherapy service; you can schedule an appointment with us at your leisure.
Although cryotherapy is most typically used to treat skin ailments, cancer, or muscle and ligament pain, studies show that it can also be used to treat migraines, neurological difficulties, mood disorders like anxiety and depression, and even certain types of dementia.
Why not get medical advice from a specialist if you’re interested in cryotherapy but aren’t sure if it’s good for you? Our multidisciplinary team can discuss the possible short and long-term benefits of cryotherapy, as well as any potential side effects.
Whole-body cryotherapy is currently available at Pure Medical’s Milton Keynes clinic. Please contact the physiotherapy staff to see if you are a candidate for cryotherapy.

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, 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.

 

Cryotherapy can help the body’s natural ability to remove toxins by boosting blood circulation and guaranteeing 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 conditions does Cryotherapy treat?

Cryo can help with a variety of medical issues, including:

What to expect when having Cryotherapy?

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 for cryotherapy?
To prepare for cryotherapy on the skin, most people don’t need to do anything specific. Before cryotherapy, our doctor or professional nurses will offer you instructions to assist you.
A few days before cryotherapy, 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 during cryotherapy?
After the initial cold shock, the temperature will rise slightly due to the patients 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.

What are the possible
side effects of Cryotherapy?

Cryotherapy 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 cryo. 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 fully feel its effects, which could result in more nerve damage.

Cryotherapy Scientific Studies

In this section, you will find an array of Cryo scientific case studies. Additional symptom-specific case studies can be found on individual diseases, disorders and condition pages.
Giovanni Lombardi, Ewa Ziemann, and Giuseppe Banfi1
Front Physiol. 2017; 8: 258.

disclaimer

Chris M Bleakley, François Bieuzen, Gareth W Davison, Joseph T Costello
Sports Med. 2014; 5: 25–36.

disclaimer

Judith Rowena William, Soni Srikantaiah, Ramakrishnan Mani
21 August 2013 10.1002/14651858.CD010711

disclaimer

Nathaniel Bouganim, Freiman, Anatoli
Dermatology. 2005

disclaimer

Romain Bouzigon, Frederic Grappe, Gilles Ravier, Benoit Dugue
Therm Biol, 2016 Oct; 61:67-81. PMID: 27712663

disclaimer

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Cryotherapy

What is Whole Body Cryotherapy (WBC)?
Whole-body cryotherapy (WBC) is the use of extremely cold temperatures below minus 130°C and -185°C to stimulate the body. The chamber works by cooling the entire body’s skin surface to promote defensive reflexes and reactions including increased blood circulation and immune and central nervous system stimulation.
Cryotherapy, which literally translates to “cold therapy,” is a treatment that involves exposing the body to extremely cold temperatures for many minutes.
Cryotherapy can be applied to a single location using Cryostar or the entire body.
Whole-body cryotherapy (WBC) is when your body is fully immersed in extremely cold air for several minutes using a cryotherapy chamber, you will receive a number of health benefits. The patient stands in our enclosed chamber that surrounds their body. The enclosure will drop to between negative 130°C and -185°C. The patient will stay in the ultra-low temperature air for between two and four minutes.
Cryotherapy can be beneficial after just one session, but it is most effective when used on a regular basis. Cryotherapy is used by some athletes twice a day. Others will go every day for ten days, then once a month thereafter.

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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 Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT), Cryo, Far Infrared Sauna Therapy, Photobiomodulation Therapy, Blood Ozone Therapy, Compression Therapy, and Physio+ Therapy which are customised 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.

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Why have whole body
cryotherapy at Pure Medical?

Whole-body cryotherapy is monitored by experienced chamber tenders, who have extensive experience. You don’t need a referral from your doctor to use our cryotherapy service; you can schedule an appointment with us at your leisure.
Although cryotherapy is most typically used to treat skin ailments, cancer, or muscle and ligament pain, studies show that it can also be used to treat migraines, neurological difficulties, mood disorders like anxiety and depression, and even certain types of dementia.
Why not get medical advice from a specialist if you’re interested in cryotherapy but aren’t sure if it’s good for you? Our multidisciplinary team can discuss the possible short and long-term benefits of cryotherapy, as well as any potential side effects.
Whole-body cryotherapy is currently available at Pure Medical’s Milton Keynes clinic. Please contact the physiotherapy staff to see if you are a candidate for cryotherapy.

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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, 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 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 conditions does Cryotherapy treat?

Cryotherapy can help with a variety of medical issues, including:

What to expect when having Cryotherapy?

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 for cryotherapy?
To prepare for cryotherapy on the skin, most people don’t need to do anything specific. Before cryotherapy, our doctor or professional nurses will offer you instructions to assist you.
A few days before cryotherapy, 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 during cryotherapy?
After the initial cold shock, the temperature will rise slightly due to the patients 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.

What are the possible
side effects of Cryotherapy?

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 cryotherapy. 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 cryo. 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.

 

Cryo should not be used by people who have diabetes or any other ailment that affects their nerves. They may not be able to fully feel its effects, which could result in more nerve damage.

Cryotherapy Scientific Studies

In this section, you will find an array of Cryo scientific case studies. Additional symptom-specific case studies can be found on individual diseases, disorders and condition pages.
Giovanni Lombardi, Ewa Ziemann, and Giuseppe Banfi1
Front Physiol. 2017; 8: 258.

disclaimer

Chris M Bleakley, François Bieuzen, Gareth W Davison, Joseph T Costello
Sports Med. 2014; 5: 25–36.

disclaimer

Judith Rowena William, Soni Srikantaiah, Ramakrishnan Mani
21 August 2013 10.1002/14651858.CD010711

disclaimer

Nathaniel Bouganim, Freiman, Anatoli
Dermatology. 2005

disclaimer

Romain Bouzigon, Frederic Grappe, Gilles Ravier, Benoit Dugue
Therm Biol, 2016 Oct; 61:67-81. PMID: 27712663

disclaimer