Monthly Research Review
23 March 2021 / 0 comments

Whole-body cryotherapy- March 2021

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Selected study this month:
Kujawski, S., Newton, J. L., Morten, K. J. & Zalewski, P. Whole-body cryostimulation application with age: A review. J Therm Biol 96, 102861 (2021).

Method: A systematic review of published articles on the application of cryotherapy in humans older than 55 years old, resulting in 12 included studies

Primary findings by the authors:  
-WBC has the potential to enhance performance.
-WBC has potential in alleviating chronic, auto-immune conditions, like rheumatoid arthritis.
-WBC should be prescribed as part of an active rest program in combination with regular physical exercise.
-WBC is a safe procedure for older people.
ProCcare's take-home message:
WBC already originates from the late '70s. Particularly in Japan, Asia, Poland, and Germany, this form of therapy intervention was used already in the '80s, although evidence mainly exists in the form of case reports. From 2000 the number of scientific studies began to grow, making it possible to summarize the effects of WBC in older people only. For this specific group, WBC seems to have a benefit in several complaints, and chronic conditions, like rheumatoid arthritis, spondylarthrosis, joint inflammation, acute and chronic low back complaints, performance support, rehabilitation exercises, and even quality of life and cognitive dysfunctions like Alzheimer. Several factors are of significant importance to consider: accurate homogeneous cryogenic exposure temperatures, the exposure cycle (a number of sessions in a constraint time frame), and the consideration that WBC is not an act on its own; it should be regarded as part of a complete approach. The illustration (derived from Kujawski and colleagues 2021) shows the WBC application's effects with age. The width of the arrow is aligned with the size of the effect, green arrows are related to beneficial effects, and the yellow arrows enforce WBC protocol adjustments or potentially limit WBC application.

How to apply these findings in practice
The age group of 55 years and older is growing and is an exciting group to target for WBC application. This group will particularly benefit from starting with a proper intake consultation (intake interview and intake session). During this intake interview, you have the time to assess your client's objective and perform a health check to exclude all contraindications. While during the intake session, your new client can become more acquainted with the low temperatures, increasing compliance and thereby improving the recurrent business. Embracing this group as potential clients provide the possibility to offer your other services. Like other recovery techniques, physical therapy, manual therapy, exercise programs, or dietary consultations as WBC should not be seen as an act on its own to get the best results. Secondly, embracing this group might open the possibility of working together with medical doctors, specialists, or other health care providers such as chiropractors, osteopaths, physical therapists, or manual therapists.

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Published studies on whole-body cryo in February- 2021
-Pilch, W. et al. Blood pro-oxidant/antioxidant balance in young men with class II obesity after 20 sessions of whole-body cryostimulation: a preliminary study. Redox Rep 26, 10–17 (2021).

-Kujawski, S., Newton, J. L., Morten, K. J. & Zalewski, P. Whole-body cryostimulation application with age: A review. J Therm Biol 96, 102861 (2021).


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