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Jim C
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Kriotherapy treatment,

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Kriotherapy is a process where the body is subjected to extreme temperatures as low as
-150c for a period of 2-3 minutes. The therapy stimulates the temperature receptors in the skin to communicate with the brain. The brain then triggers the various body systems to react to the 'threat'. It is these reactions which aid a number of ailments including Joint Problems, Back Pain, Injuries/Accidents, Surgical Diseases and Neurological Diseases.

The treatment originated in 1978 when Dr. Yamauchi from Japan designed and built the first Kriotherapy Chamber. Uptake was slow however and it has only started to become popular with athletes over the last 10 years due to its ability to increase the healing time of numerous injuries. The treatment is very popular in both Germany and Japan whilst every hospital in Poland is equipped with Kriotherapy facilities.

Modern times have seen an upsurge in popularity as more facilities have become available. This increase has made it much more affordable meaning it is now available to a much wider audience of people. Several years ago the treatment was almost exclusive to athletes due to the price but this is no longer the case.

Kriotherapy has been used extensively in sport over the last 15 years to treat many different types of injury. The treatment gained popularity due to its ability to speed up injury healing times meaning the athlete spends less time on the sidelines.

It can treat injuries to the muscles, fasciae, tendons, joints and also chronic sports injuries such as fatigue breaking of the metatarsal bones. Many different types of athletes have benefited from the treatment such as footballers, rugby players, Olympic athletes and more recently jockeys.

One recent well publicised example is that of champion steeplechase Jockey Tony McCoy. He undertook the treatment at the facility at Champneys in order to be fit for last years Cheltenham festival . McCoy had damaged vertebrae in his back when falling from his horse at Warwick in January 2008 and early indications where that he would be out for some time. However after undergoing a full week of twice-daily Kriotherapy he was able to attend the prestigious meeting. He eventually went on to ride 4/1 shot Albertas Run to victory in the Royal & Sun Alliance Chase on the 13th March 2008 .
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Re: Kriotherapy treatment,

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What do the medical professionals among our members think?


Why the apostrophe here?
such as footballers, rugby players, Olympic athlete’s
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Re: Kriotherapy treatment,

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opps .. typo


I would be interested to hear the medical opinion too
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