What is Cryotherapy?

Cryotherapy, which means “cold therapy,” originated in Japan in the late 70s. The technique involves the body being exposed to extremely cold temperatures for several minutes. This therapy is often used by chiropractors, athletic trainers and physical therapists.

A Safe and Natural Modality

As a way to stimulate the body‘s neuroreflexive responses to address pain, cryostimulation is safe, natural and non-invasive. It is quickly becoming the therapy of choice, of practitioners and patients, to combat acute or chronic pain.

How Does It Work?

The CRYOFOS device we use at Fraum Center for Restorative Health combines the effects of cold and pressure, with a powerful cold therapy that uses hyperbaric CO2 gas. From its pressurized liquid form in the cylinder, the gas flows out when the valve is opened. The gas comes out of the nozzle of the treatment gun as a light spray. The temperature is –78° C and a pressure of 50 bars, reducing the skin temperature to between 4° C and 2° C within 30 seconds.

This quick temperature change is referred to as a thermal shock. It generates a neuroreflexive response in the body. That response produces an increase in blood flow in the treated area.

Benefits of CRYOFOS Cryotherapy

  • Works faster and more effectively than ice packs
  • Offers immediate pain relief
  • Addresses acute and chronic pain
  • Decreases inflammation
  • Releases endorphins

A Targeted, Versus Whole-Body Approach

With CRYOFOS cryotherapy, you won’t be placed in a whole-body chamber. Some people may feel claustrophobic being enclosed in such a chamber. With the therapy we provide in our office, it’s targeted, so we only use it on the areas that need it. For example, we may use it on the hand, low back or neck.



1How many sessions are needed to achieve optimal results?
Depending on your condition, you will likely need five to ten treatments in close succession for the first two weeks. After this initial period, maintenance treatments should be at least once per week.
2How long does each treatment session take?
The average treatment session per patient lasts just 3 minutes, which can be easily accommodated in your consultation schedule, even at short notice.
3Is cryotherapy uncomfortable?
The area that is being targeted will feel very cold, but it won’t be painful. Toward the end of your session, you may experience a “pins and needles” sensation but that will dissipate after the treatment is finished.
4Can children receive cryotherapy?
Yes, CRYOFOS is suitable for patients of all ages, from children to seniors. Young athletes, for example, can get relief from their sports injuries with cryotherapy. Older adults can experience greater mobility after receiving treatment.