We have already told you about WBC and cryosauna, now we bring to your attention local cryotherapy, this is also a method of using cold for the treatment and prevention of many diseases. Local cryotherapy is widely used in gynecology, dermatology, cosmetology, traumatology, surgery, oncology, otolaryngology, dentistry, ophthalmology, etc. This type of treatment is suitable for use in combined rehabilitation, to facilitate massage and physical therapy courses, since cold relieves pain, inflammation, swelling, reduces or increases (depending on the chosen temperature and time of exposure) the tone of muscles, tendons, ligaments. Local cryotherapy is now available in Cryolex Whole Body Cryotherapy in Kirkland!

This method consists in the action of solid, liquid or gaseous cryoagents to divert heat from individual parts of the human body surface so that the temperature of the tissues reduced within the limits of their cryostability and there are no significant shifts in the body's thermoregulation.

Local cryotherapy has immunomodulatory, tonic, anti-edema, anti-inflammatory, spasmolytic, anesthetic, fibromodulating, reparative-regenerative therapeutic effects, and also corrects muscle and connective tissue contractions, stimulates blood circulation, stops bleeding, accelerates metabolism in the body. In addition, cryotherapy increases the susceptibility of tissues to electrical impulses. Local cryotherapy does not affect blood pressure even when patients have arterial hypertension.

The intensification of metabolic processes during local cryotherapy is mainly due to carbohydrate metabolism with the consumption of glycogen in the liver and muscles, accompanied by hyperglycemia. Intensive local cryotherapy reduces the increased muscle tone, which eliminates spasms, jams, contractures. With sluggish inactive musculature, local short-term and general cryotherapy have the opposite effect - stimulating, and prepare the muscles for exercise. 

 

Indications for the use of local cryotherapy: trauma and post-traumatic periods, including as a concomitant procedure for other manipulations (fractures, dislocations, bruises, muscle and ligament ruptures, stretch, hematrose), postoperative periods (edema, analgesia, relaxation muscles), joint diseases (arthrosis, arthritis, diseases and defects of the joint tissues), neurological conditions (myalgia, radicular syndrome, neuritis, neuralgia, cerebrovascular accidents, paralysis, flaccid paresis, migraine), skin diseases (keloid scars, acne, food/atopic/medicinal or contact dermatitis, correction of signs of aging, rosacea, seborrhea, preparation for the conduct of cosmetology procedures), is actively used in athletes (treatment of the consequences of overloads, diseases and injuries of soft tissues, ligaments, tendons, joints and bones).

Local cryotherapy also has some contraindications: individual intolerance, impaired skin sensitivity in the field of application, the presence of metal in the field of application, peripheral vascular disease (obliterating endarteritis, Raynaud's disease, venous insufficiency, thrombosis), violation of local blood circulation, sickle cell and other types of hemolytic anemia, oncology, systemic blood diseases, various limitations when used in combination therapy, exacerbation of chronic diseases, hyper sensitivity to the cold factor.