What is cryotherapy and what does it treat?

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We can say that we are the descendants of the Vikings – in the cold we only become stronger. It used to be that you dived like that from a bathhouse with a snowdrift … What, didn’t it happen? And it didn’t happen in the hole either? Yes, what is there, the heroes are not us …

What is cold good for

Cold is stress for the body. Falling out of the bath into a snowdrift or from a fur coat into an ice hole, the body feels a threat to life. And, as with any threat, it releases a whole cocktail of hormones into the blood, activating all the defense mechanisms that are. Then you jump back into the bathhouse or into a fur coat, but the mechanisms have already turned on and continue to work.

Including, by the way, the mechanism of autophagy, which we recently talked about: cells begin to disassemble themselves into parts, throwing out the unnecessary and putting the necessary in order. If you mock yourself regularly in this way, you may soon find that fat on the abdomen, cellulite on the pope, acne on the cheeks and wrinkles under the eyes have disappeared.

There are, however, serious risks. It is clear that when you provide the body with total stress and shove it into a snowdrift, it pulls all the reserves to the place of maximum hypothermia. That’s the catch: if you suddenly didn’t fit into a snowdrift or an ice hole, and some places remained warm, where will the body draw immune forces from? From them, from the uninjured. And you will be as a result without cellulite, but with otitis media, for example. Or with sinusitis.

Diving into a snowdrift or into an ice hole requires serious preparation. You have to be a hardened enough person to be cool like that. Therefore, in caring for the pale inhabitants of the metropolis, modern science has created safe and hygienic methods for quick freezing. It’s called cryotherapy. No special training is required, there are practically no contraindications for it. Although the cooling is such that it does not exist in natural conditions – -110 C.

What are cryosaunas

Cryotherapy was created by the Japanese in the 70s of the last century. That is, they invented a nitrogen cryosauna – a huge pan, inside which nitrogen vapors are sprayed and the patient is cooled. These are now used in many beauty salons.

Initially, this method was developed as an analgesic and chondroprotective for diseases of the joints. But it was soon discovered that such a deep cooling eliminates excess weight, cellulite and warts. And this was already a ticket to the beauty market! Because the Germans quickly adopted the Japanese experience …

And then one (but very serious) problem was discovered: nitrogen vapors are toxic, you can’t inhale them, so the head must be on the surface, outside the “impact zone”. That is, it turns out that the person himself is all in a pot of liquid nitrogen, and his head sticks out. The body (naked!) at a temperature of -120C, and the head – at a comfortable +20.

Such uneven cooling creates even more risks than diving into an ice hole. For the sake of fighting rheumatism, it was still possible to endure, the fight against cellulite was not worth such candles.

After killing almost 20 years for revision, the Germans invented a room with laminar cold: the walls, floor and ceiling were cooled by liquid nitrogen flows, the temperature in the room was maintained at about -110 C, but the air remained just air – clean, but very frosty.

Such “laminar” cryosaunas in our country can be accessed only in a few medical centers (one of them is in Lapino).

What does it look like

The procedure is energy-consuming – it would be better for you to have a good meal in about an hour. You undress to your underwear, put on sneakers and gloves (so as not to freeze either to the floor or to the doorknob) and go into a room where the temperature is -60 C, and from there it is already -110 C. You can stand there, you can walk. Jumping, trembling and singing is not worth it. For everything – one to three minutes: you will have time to enter a state of stress, but you will not have time to turn into a lump. Come out, and the process of cellular renewal has already begun.

Who needs it

Basically, everyone needs it. It is desirable to undergo cryotherapy in a course (10 procedures) – daily or every other day. Two courses of ten procedures are comparable to two years of hardening. And three courses per year will reduce the risk of colds to zero.

  • We have already talked about the treatment of joints.
  • But most often, cryotherapy comes to those who are grueling the fight against cellulite, overweight and skin diseases. After a sharp cooling, the body, in order to normalize body temperature, activates all metabolic processes, burning calories (up to 1500 in three minutes in the cold). As a result, the level of sugar and cholesterol decreases.
  • Cryotherapy increases the level of endorphins – so it can be used to treat depression and simply to increase performance.
  • Cryotherapy is a proven method of treating and preventing acne. It generally normalizes the work of the sebaceous glands.

And it is also used to prepare for IVF.

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