Cryotherapy for Pain

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia and ME & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome' started by jaminhealth, May 9, 2014.

  1. jaminhealth

    jaminhealth Well-Known Member

    First of all, I just talked to a Cryo location here in Los Angeles, and they gave me permission to print this info. Some yrs ago, I recall seeing a segment on TV where a group of Japanese or Koreans were walking into a chamber and it was all about healing pain issues. First session here is $65 and there are packages one can buy. There are a lot of locations in Texas and spreading across the U.S. I was talking to a massage therapist earlier today about massage for arthritic pain areas and she told me about the Cryo location. Sounds rather "INTERESTING"....

    1) Who developed this technology?
    Whole body cryotherapy was originally developed in Japan in 1978 for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, and the benefits have been studied and refined in Europe since that time.

    2) When was whole body cryotherapy developed?
    Whole body cryotherapy has been used in Europe and Japan for more than three decades. Multiple research studies have been published in medical journals about the effects of whole body cryotherapy, and in many European countries the treatments are covered by medical insurance policies.

    3) How does it work?
    The Cryosauna uses gasiform nitrogen to lower the client's skin surface temperature by 30-50 degrees Fahrenheit over a period of two-three minutes. The skin reacts to the cold and sends messages to the brain that acts as a stimulant to the regulatory functions of the body. It produces the scanning of all areas that may not be working to their fullest potential. The skin exposure to the extreme temperatures also triggers the release of anti-inflammatory molecules and endorphins.

    4) Is it safe?
    Yes. Single person direct injection and multi-person walk-in cryochambers have been used for the past 30+ years without any severe adverse reaction ever recorded. Problems have only arisen if a client steps into the machine with wet clothing, especially wet socks, as water will freeze immediately at these temperatures. The advantage of the single person chambers is that lower temperatures can be achieved. Most studies and publications have been done with this type of chamber. The nitrogen being used to cool these chambers is the same nitrogen that makes up the air we breathe (actually 78% of it). In either type of chamber, the client breathes room-air. In the single person chamber, the operator raises the platform the client stands on up so that the head is above the heavier nitrogen vapors. Here, the client breathes normal room-air. In a recent safety evaluation, we have used a pulse oximeter to record blood oxygen saturation in more than 30 clients using the single person chamber and found no drop in blood oxygen saturation throughout the treatment. For added safety, chambers are also equipped with an oxygen monitor. In order to protect the more temperature sensitive tissues such as hands and feet, clients wear dry socks, slippers, and gloves, which we provide. In the walk-in chambers, clients also have to wear a face-mask (to protect the nose and prevent the inhalation of cold air), as well as earmuffs or a hat covering the ears.

    5) Is it comfortable?
    Before entering the Cryosauna, clients are required to dress in protective clothing composed of cotton socks, cotton underwear (for men), and gloves. If you are using the walk-in chamber, you will also be provided with a cotton band to cover your ears and a disposable mask to cover your mouth. The treatment is of short duration (2-3 minutes), and the cold is 'dry', so it is very tolerable. Towards the end of the treatment, you may get a 'pins and needles' sensation, which disappears immediately after the treatment.

    6) How do I feel after the treatment?
    During each session the body releases endorphins, which are hormones that make you feel good and energetic. The mood-enhancing effects from each session can last for days.

    7) How many treatments should I do?
    Depending on the condition of treatment, you should initially take 5 – 10 treatments in close succession (separated by 1-2 days --- e.g. 3x/week) to maximize your results. After that you can take fewer treatment spaced further apart to maintain and improve on your results (e.g. once every week or two weeks).

    8) Can I catch a cold because of this procedure?
    No. The immediate cold impact of the cryosession will raise the internal body temperature for a short period of time. The stimulation of the immune system can help decrease the severity and frequency of future colds.

    9) I am claustrophobic. May I use WBC?
    Yes, you may. The door is never locked and you may step out at any moment. The chamber is open to the top and your head is raised above the level of the upper rim of the chamber.

    10) Do I have to take a shower before or after?
    No, you don't. This procedure is absolutely dry and does not make your skin wet.

    11) Who should not use whole body cryotherapy?
    The following conditions are contraindications to whole body cryotherapy: Pregnancy, severe Hypertension (BP> 180/100), acute or recent myocardial infarction, unstable angina pectoris, arrhythmia, symptomatic cardiovascular disease, cardiac pacemaker, peripheral arterial occlusive disease, venous thrombosis, acute or recent cerebrovascular accident, uncontrolled seizures, Raynaud’s Syndrome, fever, tumor disease, symptomatic lung disorders, bleeding disorders, severe anemia, infection, claustrophobia, cold allergy, age less than 18 years (parental consent to treatment needed), acute kidney and urinary tract diseases.

    12) What are the risks of whole body cryotherapy?
    Whole body cryohtherapy is very well tolerated and has minimal risks: Fluctuations in blood pressure during the procedure by up to 10 points systolically (this effect reverses after the end of the procedure, as peripheral circulation returns to normal), allergic reaction to extreme cold (rare), claustrophobia, redness, and skin burns (only if exposed to low temperatures longer than recommended).
    Last edited: May 9, 2014
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  2. jkennedy

    jkennedy Member

    Austin has a full-body cryo studio. Full-body cryo is the common term, but it is misleading. You walk into a chamber up to about your clavicle, so your head is totally out.

    I know a guy who got fantastic results: After 5 sessions the pain from his bulging disc was totally gone. He did follow-up sessions to make sure it stayed that way.

    When I did it, I did get good pain relief, but it wrecked my sleep. I believe it overstimulated my sympathetic nervous system, and even doing a session first thing in the morning spelled disaster for my sleep that night.

    The owners had never had this happen to a client before. Lots of people get better sleep from the treatments.

    I have such a sensitive system, so easily thrown off balance. I believe my experience must be very uncommon,. If people have a chance, I'd encourage them to try this therapy.
  3. jaminhealth

    jaminhealth Well-Known Member

    Good to hear that you know about Cryo and have heard good results....I'm still thinking on it.....if there was a location right in my town, I'd be more apt to give it a go, but I'd have to drive a distance and LA is a nightmare re: traffic.... I'm going to do 2 more dextrose prolo on my knee and go from there.... Hoping the alfalfa will help too, it's pretty innocent and works on inflammation. Good to hear your latest updates.....
  4. shah78

    shah78 Member

    I do hundreds of DIY cryogenic sessions in my cold tub on my patio each year. $75 for the tub, $15 for the cover and share the garage freezer( $170 )with my grass fed meat. Google :Jack Kruse CT6. I would be game to try a high tech/high price just to compare, but Jack claims the DIY version is just as good. I rate cold therapy to be an excellent pain reliever.It also increases testosterone levels and relaxes the mind. I place it right below methylation stimulation and the combination of Paleo Diet +resisitant starch+soil based probiotics.These are my five star modalities. Cold therapy would rate a four star.
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  5. jaminhealth

    jaminhealth Well-Known Member


    I don't have a cold tub, or patio, or what it takes, so IF I attempt this I'll have to go to the clinic, only WISH there were one right in my neck of woods, close to home. At least now, I know about it and now more will know.