07 May Cryotherapy: is it Safe?
Cryotherapy is a new and highly-sought-after treatment that utilizes freezing temperatures to treat or alleviate a variety of symptoms. Cryotherapy has many known benefits and is utilized by individuals from all walks of life for its various benefits. Some of the benefits of cryotherapy can include: Pain management, decreased muscle spasms, reduced inflammation, edema management, reduced spasticity, management of acute post-surgical conditions, decreased muscle fatigue, induced temperature stress, and increased metabolism.
Is cryotherapy for you?
Because Cryotherapy involves the use of sub-zero temperatures, there are associated risks involved in the treatment. Whole body cryotherapy and cold therapy in general can be dangerous for individuals with pre-existing complications. Cold therapy, especially full-body cryotherapy can worsen certain complications or cause new complications for the patient. Patients should always consult a doctor before undergoing cryotherapy or cold therapy treatments. Cryotherapy should be avoided in the following cases:
- Any respiratory illness
- A history of heart attack in the past six months
- High blood pressure
- Cardiovascular disease or arrhythmias
- Circulatory disorders like peripheral arterial or venous disease (DVT)
- History of stroke or cerebral hemorrhage
- History of seizures
- Bleeding disorders
- Acute or chronic kidney disease
- Metal implants or pacemakers
- Pediatric patients (younger than 18)
Side effects of cryotherapy
When undergoing cryotherapy, it’s possible that you may experience some side-effects. You should always consult a medical professional if you experience the following.
- Cryotherapy is commonly used to reduce muscle fatigue and nerve irritation, but it can also cause unusual sensations like numbness or tingling of the areas treated.
- Cryotherapy can often cause redness or itching on the areas in which the treatment was used. These effects are generally temporary but can be uncomfortable.
- Integumentary damage (and in extreme cases, frostbite) can occur as a result of prolonged exposure to cold therapy. Localized cryotherapy should never be applied longer than 30 minutes, and the integrity of the skin should be closely monitored during treatments.
- Burning of the skin or frostbite can occur when a patient does not follow proper protocol when entering a cryotherapy chamber. All jewelry should be removed and sensitive body parts should be covered if exposed to cold therapy.
Is cryotherapy safe?
While cryotherapy is an emerging, highly-sought-after treatment with various known and unknown benefits, there’s still research to be done to determine if cryotherapy treatments are safe in the long run. Always consult with a medical professional before undergoing cryotherapy treatment or using it to treat any known medical conditions. To learn more about cryotherapy and cold treatment contact the industry experts at Cryonext or call 888-525-2796 today.