From the News Desk of Jeanne Hambleton at fmsglobalnews.wordpress.com
We have been promised exciting news on the cold temperature treatment only available in a few clinics in the UK. The treatment is often used by professional footballers and sportsman for quick and successful healing. Our fibromite cryrotherapy reporter Marie-Caroline has promised us interesting news on a new UK study on this topic - hopefully in the near future.
Marie-Caroline who has ‘been there and done that’ and feels better, says cryotherapy is a great and successful treatment that consists of exposing the body to extreme cold for several minutes. It relieves and eliminates pain, promotes blood circulation, improves joint and muscular function, and releases endorphins. It stimulates the body to heal and reduce pain. Marie-Caroline has been working with Professor Basant Puri and Iain Casey to get cryotherapy units introduced into hospitals. A first cryrotherapy unit has been opened in a hospital in Hendon.
RESEARCH: Cryotherapy and Fibromyalgia Courtesy of Editor Martin Westby UK Fibromyalgia magazine - www.ukfibromyalgia.com.
Whole Body Cryotherapy (WBC) dates back to 1978, in Japan when a rheumatologist first started looking at the effects of extreme cold on his rheumatoid arthritis patients. The very encouraging results led to a Professor Fricke in Germany, taking on the research devoting 20+ years to studying the effects of WBC across a variety of chronic inflammatory conditions. Today in central and eastern Europe WBC is a widely accepted treatment for numerous conditions and is readily available to thousands of patients who suffer from conditions such as psoriasis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Osteo-arthritis, Ankylosing Spondylitis and Fibromyalgia.
CryoClinics was formed in 2011 in order to bring Whole Body Cryotherapy to the UK, so that people suffering from these conditions can have access to a safe non-invasive treatment that in conjunction with physical therapy modalities allows patients to better manage their pain leading to a better quality of life.
The patient enters the chamber where the temperature is usually between -80 to -90 degrees celcius and only stays within for 3 minutes. This extreme cold induces a systemic response where the blood enters an “internal” cycle. That is the vessels in the periphery constrict forcing the flow to the core where it can feed the major organs in order to protect the body from what it perceives as a danger – the cold. There is no danger as the body is only there for 3 minutes. Once one leaves the chamber, the nutrient blood is pumped throughout the body resulting in reduced sensation of pain, reduced inflammation and a significant endorphin induced “high”. Depending on the condition and patient, the reduced pain can last for weeks allowing for more effective physiotherapy and resultant increased quality of life.
It is well documented that fibromyalgia sufferers do not like cold and that therefore this treatment would aggravate the symptoms. It is important to note that while the cold is extreme (it is colder than the lowest temperature ever recorded on earth) it is a dry cold. It is much more comfortable than an ice bath! But it is the extreme cold and relatively brief exposure to it that makes this treatment both much more comfortable and effective. The skins thermal proprioceptors trick the brain into a fight or flight mode which results in the various physiological responses and it is these responses and subsequent change in the chemical balance in the blood that effect such positive results.
CryoClinics state WBC is now available in the UK. Presently this treatment can only be found at BMI The Garden Hospital in Hendon, north London. They have been conducting their own case studies in conjunction with the hospital and would welcome any fibromyalgia sufferers who would like to try WBC. www.cryoclinics.co.uk
Our thanks to Editor Martin Westby of Uk Fibromyalgia magazine for permission to reprint this article that had been featured in his magazine. http://bit.ly/1304asj.