Pulse January / February 2016 - Page 27

B Y M A E M A Ñ AC A P - J O H N S O N immediate effect of skin cooling and analgesia lasts for five minutes, but the release of endorphins can have a lasting effect, where studies demonstrate that the signs of inflammation in blood tests may remain suppressed for two to three weeks. Furthermore, if the treatment is combined with physiotherapy, the intensity of the therapy can be amplified due to the pain reduction of cryotherapy, which can improve long-term outcomes as well. There are many potential benefits but the most commonly documented by research and patient testimonials include antiinflammation, improved mood, deep relaxation, euphoria, muscle and joint pain relief, and improved healing of several inflammatory mediated skin conditions, such as psoriasis. P: Are there pieces of evidence that support cryotherapy’s health benefits? MDF: Most of the research on cryotherapy has been done in Japan and Europe and have focused on the benefits for patients with rheumatic arthritis. Multiple studies have demonstrated that the short-term pain reduction offered by Whole Body Cryotherapy facilitates intensive application of physiotherapy and SAFETY IN CRYOTHERAPY To ensure that guests are safe during a Whole Body Cryotherapy treatment, Dr. Munsch Dal Farra offers the following precautionary measures: 1. It is important to protect the extremities and fragile areas of the skin. Ensure that guests are wearing dry socks, gloves, underwear, and a sports bra for women. 2. For those using a cabin chamber with whole body immersion including the head, wear a headband and face mask to cover the mouth, nose, eyes and ears. 3. Do not exceed the recommended time even if guests request to go for longer. 4. Have a spa therapist or technician check the guest’s blood pressure prior to cryotherapy to ensure that the blood pressure is not high. The client should always be with an attendant and never left alone in the chamber at any time during the session, or during entry or exit of the unit. It is very important that the therapist or technician is extremely attentive to the client. The technician should remain very focused as he or she is responsible to stop the session early if the client is uncomfortable or wishes to end the session for any reason. occupational therapy in patients with inflammatory rheumatic