Cryotherapy Added to Physical Therapy


Cryotherapy Added to Physical Therapy


Whole body cryotherapy has gained much popularity lately. Proponents include athletes and celebrities who swear by its benefits. Researchers and medical professional are exploring this cold treatment. They are curious about how it works, and wonder whether it produces the results some claim. Many are skeptical either because it is unknown, or for the nature of “fads.” Yet, it can be a useful addition to physical therapy practices.

Common Uses of Cryotherapy

However you view cryotherapy, it’s been studied in various aspects. There are clinical studies on this treatment for its effects on rheumatic diseases. These diseases include fibromyalgia and arthritis. Others have researched cryotherapy’s effects on “Tennis elbow,” sport haemolysis, and osteoporosis. Some have even investigated its effects on depression and anxiety. (A full list of studies can be found here: (

Also, it is frequently used among athletes. Athletes who enjoy whole body cryotherapy include runners, basketball players, and wrestlers.

Adding Cryotherapy to a Physical Therapy Practice

Previous articles discuss different aspects of whole body cryotherapy. These include the user experience and who uses it. Medical practices such as chiropractors can benefit by installing a cryochamber. Other medical professionals who can enjoy the benefits of cryotherapy are physical therapists. The physical therapy industry is in high demand. Many patients and doctors working towards patient recovery. Considering adding a cryotherapy chamber in one’s office can have significant results.

As I mentioned, whole body cryotherapy is useful in treating rheumatic diseases. During a session of cryotherapy, the patient’s body triggers an anti-inflammatory response. The molecules and released help to ease pain, while the endorphins increase energy. A patient with a broken bone can use whole body cryotherapy to strengthen themselves. This will help ease the pain and inflammation. Cryotherapy helps to reduce the swelling they are experiencing.

Not only will the patient enjoy anti-inflammatory effects. Patients can also add this onto their visits to feel more at ease. Pain causes a lot of tension and having a solution for it will help going to physical therapy a less daunting. With the release of endorphins, whole body cryotherapy feels good physically and mentally.

By using whole body cryotherapy, patients can expect a more enjoyable visit to their physical therapist . A patient in less pain will be more at ease and will make the process easier for physical therapists. Remember that whole body cryotherapy can also add revenue to a medical practice.

Financial Benefit of Cryotherapy

Whole body cryotherapy sessions can be charged at an extra cost, say, $30 per session. This is low enough that a patient can choose to use it at each appointment. It is also high enough to generate a healthy extra amount of revenue for the PT. With a chamber under $40,000, and ten sessions paid for a day, the chamber will be paid off in less than a year. The revenue model for physical therapists is like the one explained in my last article. The link to the article is here:

Altogether, this is a smart choice as an add- on to a physical therapy practice. Cryotherapy manufacturers often distribute to almost any area. Most cryotherapy locations are in Europe and the US. Finding a manufacturer is not difficult, though each chamber offers different characteristics. Once you find the right company with the most affordable price, you will soon see the benefits of adding cryotherapy to physical therapy.


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