Cryotherapy Effects on Patients with Rheumatic Diseases
Updated: Dec 19, 2019
Study Results: Whole Body Cryotherapy Significantly Reduces Arthritis Pain for up to 3 Months After Treatment Introduction Rheumatic diseases are characterized by inflammation that affects the connecting or supporting structures of the body — most commonly the joints, but also sometimes the tendons, ligaments, bones, and muscles. Some rheumatic diseases even affect the organs. Rheumatic diseases include arthritis, which literally means "joint inflammation" and itself encompasses more than 100 different disorders, as well as conditions like lupus, fibromyalgia, ankylosing spondylitis and many other less widespread disorders. Cryotherapy was initially introduced in the late 1970-s in Japan to lessen pain in people with rheumatoid arthritis. Its effects on this and other conditions have been studied ever since.