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The Global History of Cryotherapy Benefits and their Modern Healing Effects

Cryotherapy has become a rapidly advancing and a historically significant health treatment since it’s benefits were first discovered by the ancient Greeks. They began to utilize this cold (cryo = Greek for ‘cold’) therapy (therapeia = Greek for ‘cure’) to treat pain and to benefit overall health. Hippocrates, known as the Greek ‘Father of Medicine’, showed his patients the value of ice and snow as treatments for pain, localized stiffness and inflammation.

The Whole Body Cryotherapy Experience Developed in Japan

Whole Body Cryotherapy was advanced in Japan in the late 1970s by the renowned Japanese rheumatologist, Toshima Yamaguchi. He utilized his cryotherapy research in providing localized freezing treatments on his patients, in short sessions, for pain management of rheumatoid arthritis and other pain issues.

Dr. Yamaguchi found this rapid temperature decrease on the outer layer of skin (epidermis) led to the immediate release of endorphins, causing people to become less sensitive to pain.

Whole Body Cryotherapy (WBC) affects the body on three different levels:

  • The Biochemical level – the circulatory system
  • The Energy level – the energy meridians
  • The Information level – the nervous system

With these cryo-procedures, Dr. Yamaguchi found he could significantly reduce the soreness and pain his patients usually felt during manipulation of their joints.

Advancing Modern Technology and Health with
”Whole Body Cryotherapy” (WBC), ”Air Cryotherapy” (ACT) and “Cryosauna”

In the 1980s, while continuing his research on the effects of Whole Body Cryotherapy, Dr. Yamaguchi and his associates came to the conclusion that rapid short-term freezing of the skin’s surface to a temperature of -1 degrees Celsius or 32 degrees Fahrenheit while inside the cryo-chamber has a more beneficial effect on the human body than its gradual cooling while immersed in an ice bath, where the lowest temperature possible is only 5 degrees Celsius or 41 degrees Fahrenheit.

Because of Dr. Yamaguchi’s research, modern therapy advancements have led to the exposure of the entire body to these extreme temperatures with the development and creation of cryogenic chambers.

Further research in Europe and Soviet Russia revealed the benefits of Whole Body Cryotherapy (WBC) on patients suffering from chronic inflammatory conditions, as well as on elite athletes training programs. Cryotherapy has become highly refined in modern times and is a curative health treatment involving exacting, extremely low temperatures (below -130 degrees Celsius or below -266 degrees Fahrenheit) as the optimum temperatures for curative health benefits.

These advancements continue to provide health benefits for many types of issues in all adult ages groups across the globe.