Local

Cryotherapy

Cryotherapy is the local or general use of low temperatures in medical therapy. Cryotherapy is used to treat a variety of benign and malignant tissue damage, medically called lesions. The term "cryotherapy" comes from the Greek cryo (κρύο) meaning cold, and therapy (θεραπεία) meaning cure. Cryotherapy has been used as early as the seventeenth century.

 

Its goal is to decrease cell growth and reproduction (cellular metabolism), increase cellular survival, decrease inflammation, decrease pain and spasm, promote the constriction of blood vessels (vasoconstriction), and when using extreme temperatures, to destroy cells by crystallizing the cytosol, which is the liquid found inside cells, also known as intracellular fluid (ICF). The most prominent use of the term refers to the surgical treatment, specifically known as cryosurgery. Other therapies that use the term are cryogenic chamber therapy and ice pack therapy.

Effects and Benefits

 

LOCAL CRYOTHERAPY using diffrent types of machines and techniques, retaining many merits of low-temperature treatments, that uses liquid nitrogen. Local cryotherapy uses in:

 

  • Cosmetology: seborrhea, acne, cellulitis, cryomassage...

  • Dermatology: psoriasis, neurodermatitis, eczema...

  • Health medicine: rheumatology, neurology...

  • Sports medicine: athletic recovery, traumatology, rehabilitation...

Contraindicaiton to local cryotherapy:

  • There are no absolute contraindications to local cryotherapy.

 

Relative contraindications:

  • Presence of arterial vasculitis or thromboembolism of great vessels

  • Obliterating endarteritis

  • Raynaud's disease and so on in the exposed area

  • Negative attittude of the patient towards the treatment.

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