The enclosed chamber immerses the entire body in sub-zero temperatures of approximately -150°C. Although research on the health benefits of this therapy is ongoing, it has been shown that intense cold can aid muscle regeneration and help to relieve some pain, such as rheumatism.
Cryotherapy, also known as cold therapy, stimulates thermoreceptors in the skin and causes physiological hormonal responses, including the release of noradrenaline and endorphins. Cryotherapy also acts as a vasoconstrictor, causing blood vessels at the skin’s surface to narrow and constrict, which reduces nerve conduction and has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects.
Areas of use
Cold therapy is believed to have beneficial effects for mental and physical health and can be used to treat the following symptoms and medical conditions:
- atopic dermatitis (eczema)
- sleep disorders
- rheumatoid arthritis
- ankylosing spondylitis
Cryotherapy is used in sports medicine to accelerate the body's recovery. It is also considered to have beneficial effects for:
- muscle soreness at least 24 hours after exercise
Cryotherapy at Hôpital de La Tour is not just for elite athletes. Our sessions are for anyone who exercises, plays sport or wants to enjoy the beneficial health effects of this innovative technology.
Safety and contraindications
When you arrive for your first cryotherapy session, you must complete a questionnaire so that we can make sure that cryotherapy is the right treatment for you. In some cases, cryotherapy is not recommended, including:
- cardiac pacemakers
- severe asthma
- hypertension (high blood pressure)
- 1 session: 45 CHF
- 5 sessions: 210 CHF
- 10 sessions: 400 CHF