Body exposure to low temperatures has been used successfully for treatments of various health-related conditions since Hippocratic times. Scientific works show that they are effective in helping a wide range of conditions: from minor trauma to autoimmune diseases.
There are different types of cryotherapy applied to the whole body, e.g. the cryo-sauna (with liquid nitrogen), cryo-chambers for aero-cryotherapy (with use of dry cold air -110 ° C) and various devices for local applications. We talk about aero-cryotherapy when the person exposes his body to extremely low temperatures by entering a special cabin cooled with dry air that reaches up to a maximum of -110 ° C. A similar application of cold therapy has been demonstrated on the day of is safe and therapeutically effective today.
The procedure leads to a reduction of general vascular resistance, has no negative effect on coronary blood flow and has also shown a good general psycho-physical revitalization effect. Another positive effect of total body cryotherapy is the decrease in the tone of contractures of the skeletal muscle which in turn generates a reduction in the frequency of muscle cramps.
All patients generally notice an increase in mood after the single treatment session related to the massive release of endorphins through the activation of certain neuro-endocrine pathways, e.g. hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal system and adrenal stimulation with increased response reactions to cortisol. The latter influences the modulation of the immune system. Certain diseases such as fibromyalgia, psoriasis, neurodermatitis, bronchial asthma, ankylosing spondylitis and Alzheimer’s can benefit from an appropriate approach to total body cryotherapy.
However, there are some contraindications for total body cryotherapy, therefore it is advisable to consult a doctor before starting the procedure, who before the session will check your blood pressure and have you fill out a particular informative questionnaire on general health. The session lasts from one to a maximum of three minutes within which it is recommended to perform some slow movements and muscle stretching. Everything is constantly monitored by a dedicated operator.
The main sectors in which total body cryotherapy is applied are wellness centers, spas, sports centers and specialized medical centers.