The treatment of injuries or aches with the application of something cold has been an accepted medical treatment dating back to the Egyptians in 2500 BC. However, the word Cryotherapy originates from Greek, with ‘cryo’ translating to ‘cold’ and therapy translating to ‘cure’ in the Greek language. It has been reported that Hippocrates prescribed the use of ice and snow to treat inflammation and pain.
Whole body Cryotherapy was introduced in the 1970s by Dr Yamaguchi in Japan, primarily as a way to treat rheumatoid arthritis. The discovery was made that the rapid cooling of the surface of the skin (through the use of liquid nitrogen in a Cryotherapy sauna) decreased joint pain and soreness.
The treatment migrated to Europe, where it became an accepted form of physical therapy, and part of the recovery process for many elite athletes.
In 2008, Cryotherapy saunas were introduced to the United States and they have continued to spread out globally since.
Even as far as Canberra, Australia.
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