Whole-body cryotherapy for the treatment of arthritis

The success of treatment has been confirmed by a variety of clinical studies. As mentioned above, the symptoms of such autoimmune diseases occur mainly in the joints (inflammation of the synovium of the synovium, destruction of the cartilage and bone structure). However, despite the recent introduction of new principles of action (TNF-α inhibition) in treatment programs, treatment still requires a complicated process. This also results from the understanding of rheumatoid arthritis as a systemic disorder that affects the body as a whole.

Medication, surgery (if required), kinesiotherapy, physical therapies (application of high or low temperatures) as well as psychological treatment should be combined and adapted to each patient’s treatment methods. To this end, self-help organizations provide bibliography with extensive and excellent sources of information.

Rheumatoid arthritis is a progressive disease over the course of the year, which at present remains untouchable despite the advances made in its treatment. Therefore, the goal of the treatment is to reduce the intensity of the symptoms in order to interrupt or slow the progression of the disease.

In this context, whole-body cryotherapy can be considered as adjunctive physiotherapy which, if implemented decisively, can assist in achieving the therapeutic goal. It is not, in principle, a substitute for other proven effective therapies, although, as demonstrated by both experience and studies, it can also lead to a reduction in consumed medication.

As documented in her study by Dr. Bianka Benkenstein, symptom relief measured by the reduction in pain and movement difficulty can be achieved with 10-15 sessions on average, even in cases of high inflammation. The symptoms decreased and the inflammation subsided.

Under no circumstances should kinesitherapy be interrupted during cryotherapy. The movement improves the distribution of synovial fluid and therefore the supply of nutrients to the articular cartilage. On the other hand, muscle atrophy is overturned due to inertia, which can lead to minor damage, for example, to the skeleton.

As clinic, therapeutic, and rehabilitation remarks demonstrate, one can argue that using whole-body cryotherapy improves the overall feeling of well-being, reducing or even eliminating pain as well as reducing other signs of inflammation such as swelling and elevated temperature, improved overall mobility and joint function of up to 60% of cases and reduction of medication by up to 35 to 40% of patients.

The beneficial effects are still visible for 3 to 6 months after the treatment is complete.