Using cold therapy for pain relief and management has a long history. Dating back thousands of years to ancient times when the Egyptians and Greeks were known to use ice and snow to treat injuries and reduce pain and inflammation.
In the 1800s, doctors began using ice baths to treat a variety of conditions, including fever, inflammation, and pain. In more recent history, around the 1970s, a Japanese doctor named Dr. Toshima Yamaguchi developed “whole-body cryotherapy”. This involved exposing the entire body to extremely cold temperatures, typically around -110°C (-166°F), for a short period of time.
Dr. Yamaguchi believed that this treatment could help to reduce pain, inflammation, and muscle soreness, and improve athletic performance.
Modern day cryotherapy for pain relief
Since then, cryotherapy has become increasingly popular as a treatment for pain relief, inflammation, and other conditions. It is commonly used by athletes to speed up recovery and enhance performance, and by people with chronic pain or inflammation to relieve symptoms.
Some studies have suggested that cryotherapy may be effective for reducing pain and inflammation in conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and fibromyalgia. Other studies have found no significant difference in pain reduction between cryotherapy and other forms of treatment, such as physical therapy or medication.
The theory behind cryotherapy for pain relief is that the cold temperatures can reduce inflammation and swelling by constricting blood vessels and slowing down cellular metabolism in the affected area. This can also help to reduce pain by numbing the area and slowing down nerve impulses.
Introducing Cryostar’s new treatment offering… CryoSoothe™
Due to the demand in this area and the success of our launch program we’re very excited to announce the launch of our new pain relief treatment – CryoSoothe™.
CryoSoothe™ protocols have been specifically designed to ease discomfort and soreness, soothe inflammation, and improve recovery in the area of concern. Cold Therapy and Thermotherapy are both used throughout the CryoSoothe™ treatment.
Cold Therapy works by reducing blood flow to a particular area, which can significantly reduce inflammation and swelling that causes discomfort, especially around a joint or a tendon. It can temporarily reduce nerve activity, which can also relieve discomfort.
Thermotherapy (heat therapy) works because the heat creates higher tissue temperatures, which produces vasodilation that increases the supply of oxygen and nutrients and the elimination of carbon dioxide and metabolic waste in the tissue.
CryoSoothe™ can also be combined with other treatments such as massage, manual therapy, chiropractic care, joint manipulation, etc. It has shown promising results for plantar fascia discomfort as well.
CryoSoothe™ therapy can be used to relieve pain in different parts of the body, including joints, muscles, and nerves.
Benefits of Cryosoothe™
The CryoSoothe™ treatment addresses a variety of universal concerns, including the easing of short, mid and long-term discomfort and soreness, improvement in athletic performance and recovery, increased ease and effectiveness of combined bodywork therapies, as well as targeted protocols focusing specifically on the head, neck, and joints.
Key benefits of CryoSoothe™ include:
- Easing of Soreness/Discomfort
- Reduced Discomfort
- Reduced Aches
- Soothed Inflammation
- May Lead to Improved Athletic Performance
- May Lead to Improved Athletic Recovery
The majority of the treatment demonstrated a greater than 38% reduction in pain, and non scored less than 57% self-reported effectiveness by clients!
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