Cryotherapy might not have been a word that you’ve heard before, though it can be easy to defer what it means simply by looking at the word ‘cryo’. Though far from it describing some sort of science-fiction setting of human popsicles souring through space on a mission of panspermia, it actually describes a medical process in use right now, in almost all hospitals. So let’s take a look at what it is, and why medical ice machines can actually be considered a crucial piece of medical equipment.
Treating Skin Conditions
Cryotherapy has been shown to be effective at treating certain inflammatory skin disorders such as atopic dermatitis. It does this by improving the levels of antioxidants in the blood, which resultantly reduces inflammation.
A Mild Treatment for Cancer
While it isn’t always the best approach for all types of tumours, cryotherapy is often used to treat mild or low-risk tumours in the human body. Through this process, cancer cells are frozen and surrounded with crystals of ice. This method of treatment is growing in popularity for many types of cancer, with prostate cancer being the most prominent one.
Treating Mood Disorders
While treating mood disorders by putting them on ice may sound a little archaic, it has actually been shown to increase moods drastically. Extreme cold results in physical responses from the human body, triggering the release of adrenaline noradrenaline and those ever coveted endorphins. This makes cryotherapy an excellent short-term treatment for both anxiety and depression.
Contact Scotsman Ice Systems for Details
To find out more about how your hospital or clinic can get all of the benefits of using a medical ice machine on its premises, be sure to contact a representative from Scotsman Ice Systems today, or visit our website for additional information.