Simply put, cryotherapy is the removal of abnormal tissue using frigid temperatures and it is used by trained practitioners in many applications ranging from skin conditions to arthritis. Let’s take a closer look at the history of this treatment and glimpse into how it’s being used to treat ailments today.
Cryotherapy Has Quite a History
Cryotherapy has been around for much longer than many people realize. The ancient Egyptians first practiced this therapy roughly 4,000 years ago. They used it to treat inflammation and other injuries. In the mid 19th century, Dr. James Arnott discovered that this was an effective treatment for migraine and different types of nerve pain. Soon after that, Dr. Arnott saw that the treatment showed fantastic promise in the treatment of tumors.
Used to Treat Body Wide Conditions
Using cryotherapy throughout the body, or whole-body cryotherapy, began in Japan in the late 1970s. This application was mainly used to treat sports injuries along with joint pain, and inflammation caused by different types of arthritis. Whole-body cryotherapy stimulates the natural healing abilities of the body and is usually administered by chiropractors, physical therapists, and practitioners of holistic medicine.
Today, this type of therapy is used to treat multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, psoriasis, and a host of other ailments. The therapy sessions usually take place inside a cryogenic chamber that is specially designed to maintain the proper conditions for safe and effective treatment. Contact is maintained between the patient and the healthcare provider at all times. This fact is especially important in the rare instance of an adverse reaction.
The Future of these Treatments
The future of cryotherapy is quite promising. New applications for its effective use are being made constantly in areas such as skincare, mood disorders, and chronic pain conditions. Cryotherapy is also currently being used to treat cancerous tumors of the kidneys, bone, and brain due to its ability to instantly freeze and destroy the cells of the tumor.
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