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.
- Provides pain relief
- Useful for treating chronic sleep deprivation
- Anti-ageing benefits
- Used by physiotherapy patients during the recovery process
- Improves the body’s energy metabolism and pain management, increases performance and speeds up recovery.
How does it work?
Each session lasts 2.5 to 3 minutes, with the patients’ body temperature dropping to 30 degrees Celsius in less than a minute. The body then responds by pumping blood into the veins in order to bring body temperature up to its normal level. The benefits of this treatment lie in the increase of oxygen and nutrient-filled blood into the body. Athletes benefit when this oxygen-rich blood floods the veins of their tired muscles promoting rapid recovery.
The use of this type of treatment dates back to ancient Greece with historian Heredotus telling us of one of the most outstanding figures in modern medicine Hippocrates’ use of ice and snow treatment to treat infections and pain. The Greek word ‘cryo’ translates literally as ‘cold’.
Cryotherapy treatment, popular with the world’s top athletes, is available at Acıbadem’s Sports Medicine Center.