Unlike whole body cryotherapy (WBC), localized cryotherapy aims to target speciﬁc parts of the body. Hence, it does not require the use of complex equipment such as cryosauna and cryogenic chambers to facilitate a cost-effective and equally safe treatment. Aside from this, since only the affected areas are exposed to extreme temperature, localized cryotherapy can be applied for longer periods to allow deeper penetration and a more effective cooling. In fact, in a study published in the American Journal of Sports Medicine, prolonged superﬁcial cryotherapy reduces post-traumatic microvascular dysfunction, inﬂammation, and structural impairment secondary to closed soft tissue injury. These effects were due to the effect of cryotherapy in restoring functional capillary density, repairing tissue damage, decreasing intramuscular pressure, and re
To provide its clients with the maximum beneﬁts of cold application, °degree Wellness has promoted different methods of cryogenic services in order to meet the unique needs of their clients who seek to ﬁnd solutions to their health problems and achieve optimum well-being. One of these services is localized cryotherapy. This method is geared towards facilitating recovery from injuries as well as reducing cellulite formation. In fact, cryotherapy is one of the essential components of the ﬁrst aid treatment for musculoskeletal injuries known as R.I.C.E therapy – Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation. This premise is further supported by the results of research studies showing the beneﬁts of cryotherapy in both acute and rehabilitative phases of soft tissue injury which proved its ability to reduce metabolism, decrease the inﬂammatory reaction and induce local analgesia (Galiuto, 2016).
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ducing the number of adhering and invading granulocytes (Schaser, Disch, Stover, Lauffer, Bail, & Mittlmeier, 2007).