Whole body cryotherapy in cryo-chamber for treating Bekhterev's disease
One gentleman suffering from Bekhterev’s disease who was treated with whole body cryotherapy at the health center in Bad Haering. The disease had really managed to depress him completely over the years in fact. When the writer met him for the first time and asked him what he wanted from the therapy, the modesty of his answer completely surprised me: “I just want to be able to turn my light on and off in my apartment again, I haven’t managed to be able to reach the light switch for a long time”. This desire was already outdone after just a few days of intense cold application. When the writer met him again in the spring of the following year, he told him full of pride that two three week serial cold therapies had already recuperated him to the extent that in the preceding winter he was able for the first time in many years again to stand once again on his beloved skis, and indeed do so over a course of more than 150 kilometers!.
Of course, whole body cryotherapy does not produce such astounding results in every individual case, but a clear improvement in state is indeed the rule. Just like rheumatoid arthritis, Bekhterev’s disease is also an immune-mediated, chronic, inflammatory-rheumatic disease that afflicts the locomotor system. An ossification process is typical at the spine which has a tendency to stoop. However, joints outside of the spine, mainly at the lower extremity, can also be affected, as can the inner organs. The inflammatory process causes pains, stiffening and restrictions in articular function. Excessive pain can also lead to inflammations in the area of the tendon connections.
Bekhterev’s disease also can not be cured at its root cause. Other anti-algesic and anti-inflammatory therapies are all the more important here. Apart from pharmaceutical therapy these include above all physiotherapy, physical therapies and if necessary also irradiation therapy. Whole body cryotherapy has now become a steady component of treatment for these conditions. Its effect has been proven adequately.
The therapeutic procedure does not differ from that already described for rheumatoid arthritis. With consistent treatment one can usually achieve a recession of the inflammatory event, a relief and/or elimination of the pain, a reduction in medication intake and an improvement in joint mobility. One can also assume here an effect duration of up to half a year after a serial cold application.
Whole body cryotherapy is also particularly indicated when, as occurs with Bekhterev’s disease, the disease is accompanied by psoriasis or chronic intestinal inflammation (Crohn’s disease), that can also be assumed as autoimmune diseases (see also Psoriasis and further indications).
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- Atopic diseases
- Ankylosing Spondylitis (Bekhterev’s disease)
- Bronchial asthma
- Chronic pains
- Circulatory disorders
- Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis
- Immune mediated inflammatory diseases
- Infantil cerebral palsy
- Mental disorders
- Movement coordination
- Multiple sclerosis
- Primary and pain-dependent secondary sleep disorders
- Primary insomnia
- Restless-legs syndrome
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Secondary insomnia
- Spinal syndromes
The information on this page is inspired by the book "Power from the Cold" by Prof. Papenfuß. The author states explicitly in his book that the descriptions in his book (and on this page) are not in any way intended to act as a substitute for the careful clinical indication process and the observation of strict safety measures developed in individual cryotherapy centres, or as a substitute for the indication of whole body cryotherapy in combination with other treatments.