Cryotherapy – What is it and Do You Need It?

Cryotherapy uses extreme cold to replace drugs and surgery with equal or better results.  It isn’t a new procedure at all. However, it has recently been expanded as a result of positive research studies demonstrating the broad spectrum of its positive effects on the body. Don’t worry, we won’t freeze you!

Procedures Localised and General

At one time it was used to remove warts or other non-cancerous skin lesions. Today it is widely used for prostate cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, and even cellulite reduction. It is the most promising pain treatment in practice at the moment.

It has been used for years in the USA, to relieve pain for athletes as well as patients suffering from intractable discomfort due to arthritis, or diabetic and peripheral neuropathy. Cryotherapy deadens the nerve endings resulting in a temporary tingling feeling when that resolves the pain is lessened significantly if not eliminated completely.

CryotherapyAdditionally, it is rapidly replacing liposuction, a procedure commonly used to remove excess fat. Some patients have had problems with severe dehydration or infections post lipo procedures. This is not even a concern with cryotherapy. This is a safe method of body sculpting and can be targeted to specific areas.

General or whole body therapy is used to effectively treat chronic and trauma-induced inflammation and improve blood circulation. This shortens the recovery time and reduces fatigue.

Localised therapy can be limited to a specific joint or the entire face to stimulate collagen production, firm facial skin and reduce wrinkles.

Side Effects

If cryotherapy demands direct contact of liquid nitrogen with the skin or a puncture wound such as with tumour therapy, there may be mild redness to the site or even a blister. If used for body sculpting, face lifts, arthritic or muscular pain, there is no direct contact and no discomfort. Even during the procedure, clients state it is a comfortable and rejuvenating experience. It will boost metabolic rates, energy and it is completely safe. Nitrogen is a non-toxic gas- in fact, we breathe it every day as it makes up nearly 80% of air.

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