Targeted Cryotherapy FAQs

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What is Thermal Shock? Explain Thermal Shock?

Three strong forces that come together to create high-intensity physiological reaction called THERMAL SHOCK:

1. CO2 Micro crystals emitted at -78°C.

2. Extremely rapid drop in temperature.

3. Vibrations created by the C02 pressure jet.

Carbon dioxide (CO2) gas emitted (-78°c) 50 bars pressure to a targeted area puts it into a stressful state creating the thermal shock process that immediately activates the sensory neuroreceptors under the skin, this slows down the pain receptors sent from the nerves by the rapid cooling reducing the amount of pain. The brain acts on the strict instructions it receives to no longer feel the physical pain. Once the targeted area warms up again, fresh, oxygenated blood is quickly pumped directly to the affected area with the fresh blood containing anti-inflammatory properties which cause a fast surge of natural healing promoting the natural anti-inflammatory responses. All this is achieved in as little as 30 seconds

Why is Cryocools Cryotherapy System Different to Our Competitor’s?

Bring the only one of its type Cryocool’s world class handpiece not only offers the cooling of the cryotherapy in your hand but also its fully integrated Infrared Thermal Camera for detection is a GAME CHANGER; allowing for absolute precision of the injury site by sensing the inflammation which can be seen on the screen so treatment can be completed accordingly.

What is Cryotherapy?

In short, Cryotherapy is a painkiller and an anti-inflammatory, but natural! This is approved device tprojects carbon dioxide at high pressure at -78° on the skin. A concentrate of technology, it is equipped with its leading brand thermal camera that detects the area to be treated and a screen where the necessary data appears which can be treated accordingly.

This cold therapy applies to both humans and animals and has been purchased by healthcare professionals and top-level sports clubs, veterinary practices and Olympic equestrian teams worldwide.

What is the Fight or Flight Response Created by Cryotherapy?

By putting a targeted area into a stressful state via the rapid temperature drop, (-78*CO2 & 50 bar pressure) the extreme cold tricks your body into a fight or flight response which promotes the release of norepinephrine. This is a chemical released in response to stress which takes away the sensation of pain and helps bodies to keep going when under threat. Cryotherapy triggers the exact same response to endorphins which not only helps heal but also elevates moods to enhance pain management, the fight or flight response of the body is an amazing asset.

What are the 4 Main Benefits of Localised Cryo therapy ?

Analgesic Effect: Immediately triggers the pain relief receptors to reduce and limit the inflammatory crisis caused by pain and inflammation in the body allowing faster recovery.
Anti-Inflammatory: Instantly relieves pain and decreases swelling by trigging the anti-inflammatory receptors while significant production of inflammatory enzymes associated with increased blood flow enables faster healing of the damaged soft tissue.
Vasoconstriction / Vasodilation Effects: The intensity of cryotherapy induces an almost immediate (7 seconds) reflex vasoconstriction coupled with its high pressure CO2 (50 bars) which pumps the blood around the injury to reduce swelling via its massaging and draining effect on tissue, this technique gives very rapid results especially in the treatment of edema and hematomas.
Cardiovascular: Blood vessels dilate leading to improved circulation, minimizing the possibility of further damage caused by poor blood flow to injury sites

Does Cryotherapy Hurt or Is It Invasive? How is the Treatment Accepted?

The targeted Cryotherapy system can give you a shock at first only due to the extreme cold (you don’t take a trip down to Antarctica every day), HOWEVER it is an overall painless procedure and vastly a more effective recovery aid than either an ice pack or bath plus the benefits of the pain killing effects lasting allot longer.
The Cryo Cool cryotherapy system has a decibel noise of approx. 83db ,it is a very simple quick process and we find most horses and canines accept it almost instantly, we do recommend ear muffs for all horses & muzzles for canines until they are desensitised with the process, it normally takes 2-3 sessions before they are fully desensitised. When humans are treated they tend to get a fright immediately which is short only due to the shock of the freezing cold CO2 reaching the skin this is not like animals as animals have hair and it is more the noise that they need to be accustomed too.

Cryotherapy vs Icing... What is the Latest Technology or Advice in Sports Science?

Recent literature has put icing & cryotherapy in the proverbial “hot-seat” by stating that freezing an injured area decreases the time the tissue has in an important stage of healing. Inflammation is a natural and healthy process that your body goes through to repair damaged tissues, provide nutrient exchange to target tissues, and is necessary for recovery. The science goal behind cryotherapy is to provide enough analgesic intervention (pain-relief) to help decrease the inflammation, thereby, decreasing the pain so that movement & range of motion can be achieved earlier. The

The R.I.C.E Method 50 yrs Old .. How does Cryotherapy Differ?

For the past 50 years the R.I.C.E (REST ICE ) method has been the go to method for injuries, studies have indicated that ice can actually delay recovery. Cryotherapy is emerging as the NEW go to cold therapy for injuries because of its proven effectiveness.

What is the principle of neurocryostimulation?

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Should I use Cryotherapy on my Horse or Dog? What are the benefits of cryotherapy in animals?

Cryotherapy is extremely beneficial in reducing inflammation, releasing endorphins, muscle spasms, and excess fluid buildup within the tissues. If your pet is suffering from pain, inflammation, or limited mobility cryotherapy only helps relieve the pain hence allowing for increased mobility which in turn gets him/her mobile sooner.

Should I get Cryotherapy Treatment for My Retired/Adopted Greyhound?

The four muscle groups of a greyhound are the spine, hip extensors, stifle flexors /extensors and tarsal extensors which are typically hypertrophied and tense in ex-racing greyhounds. As greyhounds are/were athletes they are required to run at speed and accelerate. They are no different to a humans body and they can become injured accordingly, the competitive nature of greyhound racing leaves your dog open to muscle and soft tissue injuries which can on some occasions stay with them for life. Regular cryotherapy sessions can only enhance and prolong your canines life allowing it to be happy, free of pain and content.

How Does Targeted/Localized Cryotherapy Work Compared to Cryotherapy Chambers?

Localized/targeted cryotherapy is modern technology, easy and gathering great momentum with rave reviews, the biggest difference between whole-body and localized treatments is that in the latter therapy, targets a specific area of the body with the freezing -78; CO2 emitted @ 50 bar pressure, while whole-body cryotherapy is an overall general treatment without targeting an actual area, Cryocools localized system is far more specific to areas.
Those looking to really accelerate the recovery times will often combine the two with both having been shown to have amazing restorative effects.

What is the difference in Temperature between CO2 Cryotherapy and Ice?

In terms of temperatures, the CO2 gas is emitted at -78 degrees Celsius, while an ice bath doesn’t make it below 50-degrees unless you were to sit in it for close to 30 minutes which is not safe.

How often can I use Targeted / Localised Cryotherapy?

Frequency depends on individual requirements, needs, goals and how the area/body is responding to treatments. Some may require daily treatments or more at the beginning (min 3 hrs apart) for acute injuries, whilst others may only need occasional sessions for maintenance and recovery.

What is the product used to create the Cryotherapy Effect?

Industrial GRADE CO2 gas is used to deliver the extreme cold temperature and the pressure intensity to create the thermal shock effect. It has exceedingly high purity, is widely used and very safe.

Is Cryotherapy Good for Arthritis? Does it help?

Cryo therapy has been shown to decrease pain of rheumatoid arthritis, improvement in pain levels and mobility after treatment has been seen with better function and quality of life noticeable, also reducing the potential use of corticosteroid and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.

Does Cryotherapy Reduce Pain Naturally?

In a nutshell YES…endorphins are chemicals released in the body which naturally alter the brain’s state to reduce the perception of pain. Endorphins are released in response to many activities such as exercise, acupuncture, massage etc and another proven method of increasing the release of endorphins is cryotherapy! Ongoing cryotherapy sessions reduce pain allowing athletes to use the affected area much sooner.

Horses Hocks – Is Cryo Therapy Beneficial?

The hock is the equivalent to the human ankle, being a very high motion joint (especially the top) cryotherapy to the hock area as a preventative or injury assists stimulation which in turn helps create flexibility that enhances freedom & performance for mobility.

What Is Targeted Cryotherapy Mainly Used for In Athletes?

Rapid & significant reduction in inflammation and pain creating faster and more efficient recovery of many injuries.

Where Can I Use my Cryocool? Inside or Outside?

Because of the unique design of this system for portability it can be used in most indoor & outdoor settings, obviously if you choose to treat outdoors there will be loss of CO2 gas due to the natural elements.

Why do we use CO2 Gas instead of Nitrogen?

Medical grade CV02 gas has been proven to be much safer & just as effective.

Where or How Should I store My CO2 Gas Tanks?

Gas bottles should be stored in a dry place away from heat sources; the CO2 is neither flammable nor dangerous.

Why Can’t I Undo The Hose from the CO2 Tank?

Firstly double check you have turned OFF the CO2 at the tap on the tank, and then turn on your Cryocool system pull the trigger to release the gas in the line. Once you have completed this you should be able to remove the fitting from the gas bottle quite easily. If not call the sales line to discuss.

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