Circulatory disorders

Whole body cryotherapy in cryo-chamber for treating primary hypotonic circulatory disorders

Primary hypotension can be treated with physical measures very well, although secondary hypotension, (e.g. resulting from inadequate cardiac performance) must be excluded as a cause. The unpleasant symptoms of hypotension, such as general weakness and apathy, fatigue and dizziness, especially when changing body position and with high ambient temperatures, are caused by an inefficient distribution of blood that is normally available in sufficient amounts.

The inadequate venous tone leads to blood accumulation in the legs and the pelvic and gastric areas. The systolic blood pressure falls and the diastolic pressure increases. Brain perfusion is reduced so that the above mentioned symptoms occur.Regular cold stimuli that lead to vasoconstriction bring about a training effect on the mainly venous blood vessels that are affected by the cold and contribute to bringing about a normal distribution of blood. The cold stimuli must be dosed appropriately so that the blood vessels have sufficient time to react and adapt. With an overdose of cold there is a risk that the vessels become habituated or “accustomed” to the cold stimulus so that they no longer respond with a constriction.
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Disclaimer: 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.

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