Whole Body cryotherapy

What is whole-body cryotherapy and what is it for?

Whole body cryotherapy is based on neuroreflexive processes induced by the intense and brief effect of extreme cold on the body surface. This explains why its undoubted therapeutic consequences not only benefit the areas where it is applied, but also the deeper tissues.

The effects of cryotherapy on health can be summarized into:

    • Relief of pain (even for chronic pain)
  • Inhibition of inflammation and immunomodulation
  • Effect on the musculoskeletal system
  • Functional improvement of the joints
  • Regulation of central nervous system activity
  • Sense of well-being


1.1. Psoriasis

1.2. Atopic Diseases:

Atopic dermatitis / Neurodermatitis


4.1. Fibromyalgia

4.2. Immune-mediated inflammatory disorders

4.3. Rheumatoid arthritis


2.1. Ankylosing Spondylitis

2.2. Osteoarthritis

2.3. Spine syndrome

2.4 Tendinopathies


5.1. Multiple sclerosis

5.2. Balance and coordination of movement


3.1. Chronic pain

3.2. Sleep disorders

3.2.1. Primary Insomnia

3.2.2. Secondary Insomnia

3.3. Mental health

What is the benefit of cryotherapy in health?

  • Bronchial asthma
  • Immune-mediated disorders
  • Psoriasis
  • Atopic dermatitis
  • Neurodermatitis
  • Arthrosis
  • Chronic pain
  • Ankylosing spondylitis
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Equilibrium and coordination of movement
  • Child brain paralysis
  • Syndrome of the spine
  • Tendinopathies
  • Fibromialgia
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Sleep disorders
  • Insomnia Primary
  • Insomnia Secondary
  • Stress, anxiety or depression

The effects of cryotherapy can be summarized in the following:

– Pain relief.
– Inhibition of inflammation and Immuno-modulation.
– Effect on the musculoskeletal system.
– Functional improvement of the joints.
– Regulation of the activity of the central nervous system, feeling of well-being.

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