Wellness Therapies


The term “cryotherapy” comes from the Greek cryo meaning cold and therapy meaning cure
Cryotherapy is the local or general use of low temperatures in medical therapy and for recreation.It helps in relieving muscle pain, sprains and swelling along with a lot of other uses.
It has various ways in which it can be performed.

1. Cryosurgery

Cryoablation is the most prominent use of the term refers to the surgical treatment, specifically known as.It is the application of extreme cold to destroy abnormal or diseased tissue and is used most commonly to treat skin conditions like warts, moles, skin tags and solar keratoses.For this, the cooling effect is given by Liquid nitrogen.This method is easy and quick and the risks attached are quite low.

2. Ice pack therapy

It is a treatment of cold temperatures to an injured area of the body.An ice pack is placed over an injured area and is intended to absorb the heat of a closed traumatic or edematous injury by using conduction to transfer thermal energy.

3. Cold spray anesthetics

In addition to their use in cryosurgery, several types of cold aerosol sprays are used for short-term pain relief.

4. Ice bath

 In this, a substantial part of a human body is immersed in a bath of ice or ice-water for a limited duration.

5. Body Cryotherapy

This treatment involves exposing individuals to extremely cold dry air.It has two ways of being performed.During these exposures, individuals wear minimal clothing, which usually consists of shorts for males, and shorts and a crop top for females. Gloves, a woolen headband covering the ears, and a nose and mouth mask, in addition to dry shoes and socks, are commonly worn to reduce the risk of cold-related injury. However, if the cold temperature is produced by evaporating liquid nitrogen, there is the risk of inert gas asphyxiation as well as frostbite.This method has two ways of being performed.

Partial Body Cryotherapy

One is the whole body cryotherapy, in which an individual is exposed to a temperature below −100 °C for two to four minutes in a Cryo chamber.This has some advantages, that is, healing of multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis and delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS).The first WBC chamber was built in Japan in the late 1970s. Since then it has emerged in Europe, USA, and Australia.
The second method is partial body cryotherapy. Here the head is not a part of the cooling segment.
Cryotherapy has found individuals claiming to lose 300 to 800 calories within 24 hours, people who get packed with energy, some help raise blood pressure and for the risk takers it’s putting the body in a survivor mode.However one can find deaths being caused by the extreme cold the body gets to face.It boils down to knowing the correct precautions to take while going for a cryotherapy session, taking in the benefits and putting the risks at bay.

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