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Whole body cryotherapy in cryo-chamber for treating infantil cerebral palsy

Infantile cerebral palsy is a chronic postural and locomotory disorder that results from damage of the central nervous system occurring before, during or immediately after birth. The localization and severity of the palsy can be different. Due to the central damage, innervation disorders of the skeletal musculature can result (raised γ-motoneuron activity). The result is a permanently increased tension (spastic) in certain muscle groups so that the normally fine balance between actively and counteractively working muscles is no longer present and defective movement patterns result.

Treatment of spastic increases in muscular tone by cold is not new. It is based on “the reciprocal behavior of α- and γ-motoneuron activity in response to cold stimuli”, as was already demonstrated in section 3.4 of the book for skeletal musculature and the effects of cold (reduction in activity of γ-motoneurons, activation of α-motoneurons). Muscle tone can therefore be lowered via this mechanism.

Whole body cold is applied both to spastic children as well as in adulthood and should ultimately replace the still conventional cold water baths before gymnastic exercises thanks to its extremely patient-friendly mode of application.

The up to three-minute stay in the cold chamber approximately half an hour before starting a mobilization therapy contributes to a moderate relaxation of the spastic musculature and as such to improved conditions for the subsequent active therapy component. A close cooperation between the cryotherapist and the mobility therapist can not be dispensed with if an optimal cold dose is to be found so that any counteracting muscular imbalances due to overdosing can be compensated for in time. Therapeutic results should therefore be assessed using standardized procedures as well.

For further useful information about whole-body cryotherapy at -110 ° C, and the mechanisms of action, we recommend the book "The Power of the Cold" by Prof. Dr. sc med Winfried Papenfuss, published by Edition K Wolfsegg. Large parts of the content of this website were taken from this book. 

The catchy standard work is suitable for both professionals and interested readers. With pleasure we forward your order of "The Power of the Cold" directly to the publisher.