Cryotherapy is the use of extremely low temperatures in medical therapy, beauty procedures, healing sports injuries and others. “Cryo” in Greek means cold – so, cryotherapy is also called “cold therapy”.
What is the temperature of cryotherapy?
Healing powers of ice were used by none other than the great «father of medicine», the famous Greek doctor Hippocrates, for treatment of various diseases. In modern day cryotherapy, liquid nitrogen is used in place of ice, and the temperature of liquid nitrogen is approximately minus 196°C.
What was the first use of cryotherapy?
In the 1970s, Japanese professor Toshima Yamauchi first promoted the idea of using extremely low temperatures for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. He successfully treated patients using cold (cryo) procedures to such an extent that about 80% of seriously ill people were completely relieved from symptoms of the disease and pain.
What is cryotherapy used for now?
The positive effects of cryotherapy could not be ignored. So, after making a report in 1979, when Professor Yamauchi told the world about his achievements at the Rheumatology Congress, and a few years later the first cryotherapeutic system for administering general cryotherapy was commissioned.
In the clinic of Professor Reinhard Fricke, a cryotherapeutic module started functioning way back in 1984, and hundreds of patients could undergo the long-awaited treatment. Since then, millions of people around the world could experience the amazing revitalizing capabilities of cryotherapy.