Research findings Cryotherapy Dec 2019
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Findings & Conclusions

December 2019

Every month, ProCcare extracts the newly published studies on local cryotherapy, water immersion, and whole-body cryotherapy. These studies are the basis of our literature database and form the foundation of our ProCcare method. In each newsletter, we will discuss with our key opinion leaders, studies that provide exciting insights and show the monthly new published studies.

Study: Sadura-Sieklucka, T. et al.Effects of whole body cryotherapy in patients with rheumatoid arthritis considering immune parameters. Reumatologia/Rheumatology 57,320–325 (2019).

Twenty-five rheumatoid patients were classified into two groups according to the rehabilitation method used, either WBC (20 times 3 minutes at -110°C/ 188°F) or conventional rehab therapy.

Primary findings:

  • Regardless of the type of therapy comprehensive rehabilitation improves patient’s clinical status (no group differences)
  • Significant improvement in the C-reactive protein (an important inflammatory marker) was observed in the WBC group only. Suggesting that WBC exerts a beneficial anti-inflammatory effect.

Our take-home message:

Whole-body should be regarded as a good method for complementary therapy of pharmacological treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. The main goal for prescribing whole-body cryo in this specific group of patients is on perceived pain and disease activity score (often measured via the DAS-28). Whole-body cryo should not be regarded as a single act in rheumatoid arthritis or when used in any other medical indication.

Published studies December 2019:

  1. Lubkowska, A., Radecka, A., Knyszyńska, A.& Łuczak, J. Effect of whole-body cryotherapy treatments on the functional state of patients with MS (multiple sclerosis) in a Timed 25-Foot Walk Test and hand Grip Strength Test. Pomeranian Journal of Life Sciences 65,(2019).

     2. Sadura-Sieklucka, T. et al. Effects of whole-body cryotherapy in           patients with rheumatoid arthritis considering immune parameters. Reumatologia/Rheumatology 57, 320–325 (2019).


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