The soothing and healing power of extreme cold was first systematically tested in Japan in the 1980s. The success of the Cold chamber led to its recognition as a highly effective passive physical short-term therapy. The short-term effect of -110 ° C on the body blocks the nerves ability to transmit pain and also works anti-inflammatory. The so-called pain memory, which can be overactivated by chronic pain, experiences pauses which promote its new regulation.
The positive effects of the extreme cold application are noticeable already after one treatment. Most users report an improvement after about 14 days. The improvement can last up to half a year. The high-performance effect by cold therapy is caused by the redistribution of the blood in the body: the blood is pushed out of the skin into the body, improving circulation. This effect is used by performance athletes in particular to increase their training efficiency.
What does cold do with our bodies?
Cold dampens various inflammations. The vessels constrict, the skin is less supplied with blood, the pain decreases. Furthermore cold affects the skeletal muscles: muscle tension is regulated, blood circulation in the muscles as well as their metabolism can be improved.
How does whole body cryotherapy work?
Similar to an ice pack, the whole-body cold shock inhibits pain signals in the nerves and slows the growth of inflammatory cells in the blood. Applications of whole body cryotherapy in medicine are therefore i.e.:
- sports injuries like tennis elbow or inflammation of the Achilles tendon
- chronic pain
- psoriasis and atopic dermatitis
- burnout syndrome, depressions, insomnia
- age- or stress-related functional limitations of the immune system
A doctor will advise about the contraindications of cryotherapy - e.g. hypertension or heart attacks within the past six months.
What is the procedure in the cold chamber?
The chamber is entered in swimwear. The patients are given mouth and ear protection, gloves, thick socks and sturdy shoes. In the first phase they acclimatise in two antechambers at -10°C and -60°C. This is followed by a stay in the actual cold chamber at -110°C for a duration of two to four minutes. Movements should be done slowly and respiration low and light. The entire procedure is monitored by the attending therapist. The number of treatments depends on the nature of the complaints and the desired therapy goals.
Cryotherapy is available in Lans from January 2017 - you are interested or have questions regarding the cryotherapy treatment? Please do not hesitate to contact us!