Arthritis sufferers, in particular those who experience the anguish of rheumatoid arthritis, deal with chronic pain and limited mobility every single day, non-stop. Medications, braces, therapy, and exercise are the common treatments for this debilitating disease, but they do not always help.
A range of clinical studies have confirmed that cryotherapy has been successfully used to treat rheumatoid arthritis.
When skin receptors sense the cold, they send messages to the brain, which releases anti-inflammatory proteins into the body.
Patients participating in clinical studies showed improvement within one to three sessions. Ten to fifteen cold exposures resulted in relief of symptoms, and reduction of pain. When combined with mobilization therapy, patients enjoyed improvement in movement, and in some instances, were able to leave their wheelchairs.
Despite all the advances that have been made, rheumatoid arthritis is a chronically progressing illness, with no cure at this time. So the goal for now is to decrease its intensity or delay its progression.
The disease affects the joints involving inflammation and destroying cartilage. Studies have shown that some of the symptoms of pain and inflammation have been reduced after a whole body cryo treatment.
After a series of treatments, one can say that under a whole body cryotherapy there is
- an improvement in general well being,
- pain reduction or elimination as well as a reduction of other inflammatory signs such as
- improvement in general mobility and joint function in up to 60% of the treated cases
- reduction in medicine intake in 35 to 40% of the patients.
- The effects can still be shown three to six months after completion of therapy.
“My mom has had success with Whole Body Cryotherapy treatments in alleviating the symptoms associated with her RA. She has less stiffness in her joints and hands, and has been able to join in activities and live life more fully. It has been a game-changer. “ (from the Rheumatoid Arthritis Forum)