One of the sciences that has evolved the most through the centuries is medicine, innovating in its treatments to confront the diverse illnesses that we humans suffer from. Technological progress has had a significant influence on the development of new medical techniques since they make it possible to create or use instruments with different or higher capacities than those previously available.
The interdisciplinary relationship of the sciences is not new, much less in medicine, which is a science that depends on and is reinforced by biology, physics and chemistry. In this way, scientific and technological progress is reflected in the practical application of the new knowledge obtained, and this achieved through the implementation of new techniques, methods and instruments.
There are various elements which have long known to have medicinal properties, such as the application of cold to the body. However, this does not mean that the method of application and its uses remain unchanged over time, as modern cryotherapy has found an application that allows you to have a more beech topical use of analgesic and anti-inflammatory. Currently, the benefits of cryotherapy are used as a method of removing diseased tissue and tumours due to the possibility of destroying these tissues in a localized area. Still, besides, it has been known to take advantage of its aesthetic and therapeutic properties by implementing systems such as the full body cryotherapy machine.
The word cryotherapy comes from the Greek conjugation κρύο and θεραπεία, which mean respectively cold and therapy or cure of cold. The practical uses of cold for medicinal purposes cover a wide spectrum, from the most obvious way of reducing body temperature, to as an anti-inflammatory and analgesic. These properties are because the cold decreases the nervous excitability, being the therapeutic temperature between 15° and 10° since it goes from the decrease of the nerve conduction in the reduction of cellular metabolism.
Numerous studies have been carried out on the medicinal properties of ice and have yielded many results. Still, to this day, its use continues to be widespread as a treatment for muscle injuries and specific ailments. The therapeutic applications of ice have been questioned due to the danger of subjecting the tissues to low temperatures for a prolonged amount of time, as they die. However, recently it has been found that what is of concern when performing ice treatments, can be used as novel treatments.
Full body cryotherapy
Cryotherapy is not only used for injuries and treatments but as a complete beauty and wellness treatment. The benefits of cold for the cosmetic field are known but the method of use consisted only of placing ice locally, which limited its action. Nevertheless, nowadays there is the necessary technology to be able to take advantage of the benefits of the cold in health, implementing the full body cryotherapy.
Cryotherapy as a beauty treatment is becoming increasingly popular due to its regenerative and anti-ageing capabilities. But it is not only an aesthetic treatment since the whole body benefits from the therapy. Due to the cold that the body is uniformly subjected to, not only is an area benefited, locally applied cold experiences difficulty in reaching the lower layers under the skin due to fat, but with full body cryotherapy the body is actively benefited.
The treatment performed in a machine also called cryosauna, where low temperatures are applied for a regulated period. Usually, the temperature is between -130° and – 180°C and the exposure period does not exceed 3 minutes. Four to six sessions per month are recommended, and it is crucial to maintain a certain amount of consistency to continue to benefit from the properties of the therapy.
The body has natural regenerative properties, but they need to be stimulated under certain conditions. When it comes into contact with the abrupt change of temperature, the body becomes alert. It starts pumping blood quickly and abundantly activating the heat receptors, eliminating toxins and oxygenating due to the abundant circulation. Contrary to what may be believed, the treatment is not unpleasant, the cold has analgesic properties, and when the person undergoes the abrupt change of temperature, the body releases endorphins creating a feeling of well-being.
Full body cryotherapy rejuvenates the body, with remarkable changes both internally and externally. The cold cleanses the pores, reduces inflammation, smoothes the skin and detoxifies due to the pumping of the blood so that the benefits to the skin are instantly noticeable and long-lasting with proper follow-up between sessions.
Cryotherapy has numerous uses, ranging from the simple application of cold to a lesion, to surgeries to eradicate cancerous tissue or wellness treatments that rejuvenate the body. The properties of cold are due to how the chemistry and physics of the body act under low temperatures, so it does not involve the entry of external agents to the body. Still, it uses the stimulation of their processes for therapy.