Can Cryotherapy Help with Rheumatoid Arthritis?

The benefits of cryotherapy for those living with rheumatoid arthritis, include improved range of motion, reduction in pain and inflammatory markers and reduced medicinal intake. These results combined with an improvement in general well-being has seen cryotherapy become a widely recognised treatment option for rheumatoid arthritis. In fact, the development of cryotherapy began as a therapy for people living with arthritis. In the 1970’s, a rheumatologist recognised the benefit cryo principles had for his patients and went on to develop cryotherapy.


Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune and chronic degenerative condition with no known cure. It is one of the most severe forms of arthritis and can lead to long-term joint damage and disability. Therefore, the goal of treatment is to delay progression and decrease symptoms. For those that suffer from the condition, knowing that this is a life long illness can often be difficult to swallow. Koa Recovery exists to enable every body and sufferers of RA are no different. As cryotherapy is a proven evidence-based treatment, it has become a valuable complement to physiotherapy and traditional medical intervention.



Cryotherapy for Pain Management


Cryotherapy has been shown to decrease pain for sufferers of many musculoskeletal conditions including lower back pain, knee and hip injuries, fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.  A study of rheumatoid arthritis patients reported the one variable that showed definite improvement with Cryotherapy was pain levels. Patients report less pain following cryotherapy; this leads to improved function and quality of life.


A 2014 systematic review concluded that cryotherapy should be included in Rheumatoid Arthritis therapeutic strategies as an adjunct therapy. The results are potential corticosteroid and non steroidal anti-inflammatory drug dose reductions.



Cryotherapy for Reduction of Histamine Levels


Histamine is a molecule which renders joints more susceptible to inflammatory attack. Studies have shown that cryotherapy significantly reduces histamine levels in the blood of patients with Rheumatoid arthritis. Furthermore, Cryotherapy has also been shown to decrease inflammatory markers including  TNFalpha.



Can Cryotherapy Help You?


Strength Mobility & Recovery offers cryotherapy that helps benefit people in an array of medical and non medical conditions. Our passion is to help you be your best and we do this by collaborating with other health care professionals to think outside the square, to enhance your health and well-being, to provide excellence and commitment in helping you live your life as pain-free as possible and with better strength and mobility that creates greater independence.


Our Team will work with you and your medical team, or guide you to our ATUNE Health professionals to help develop the most effective treatment program that best suits your needs.







Source: https://www.hindawi.com/journals/bmri/2015/409174/


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