The information on this page is a translation from the book "Power from the Cold" by Professor Papenfuss. This information (and the author writes about it directly in his book) no way can replace the exact clinical indications for cryotherapy, be the only correct decision and exclude other ways of influencing specific cases with specific patients. All descriptions of diseases and methods of withdrawal into remission are extremely recommendatory. The data indicated in the book (and in our translation) are based on long-term observations of focus groups with corresponding diseases in dynamics combined with additional methods of medicament and physiotherapeutic nature, the results are fixed by means of machine and chemical analyses and based on the words of the patients themselves. Any diseases that are indications for general cryotherapy listed in this list require preliminary consultation with a qualified specialist to clarify the individual characteristics of the clinical picture of a particular patient and to avoid possible contraindications for conducting sessions. The author (and this particular site) is not responsible for the choice of therapy for any disease.
Theoretical knowledge and laboratory studies, many years of experience in observing patients of cryotherapy centers and the results of clinical studies have recently made it possible to more thoroughly substantiate and significantly expand the list of diseases that are indications for cryotherapy sessions in cryosauna. However, for a number of diseases, a single and unequivocal opinion has not yet been formed regarding the unconditional use of cryotherapy for the removal of symptoms and the withdrawal into a state of stable remission. However, all ongoing clinical studies indicate a general improvement in the condition of patients, when it comes to an integrated approach to the treatment of specific diseases, the causes of this effect continue to be documented and investigated further. As they receive accurate clinical data, they will be published (and on our site too).
Summing up, the list of diseases-indications for general cryotherapy, mentioned in the book of Professor Papenfuss and translated for this resource, includes, on the one hand, diseases in which cryotherapy can be unambiguously recommended due to a well-studied picture of treatment in combination with other methods of exposure: thus, for example, inflammatory-rheumatic diseases, arthrosis (degenerative-rheumatic diseases), chronic pain of various genesis are included. On the other hand, this list includes such diseases and body disorders, for which long-term experience of clinical observations with clearly positive results of cryotherapy application is also recorded; however, the prolongation of the effect and the results themselves are assessed differently by different independent medical institutes and physicians, not giving the opportunity to talk about a single formed opinion. Such diseases in this list are, for example, bronchial asthma, listed skin diseases, muscular spasticity of the central genesis and violations of the level of central activity. In addition, some of the carefully analyzed spectra of these indications always include co-morbid diseases (e.g., neuralgia, post-stroke conditions, diffuse connective tissue diseases, a variety of autoimmune disorders and abnormalities) - all require a thorough additional study of the general picture of the course of the disease and the mandatory integrated approach to relief of symptoms and withdrawal to the phase of remission.
It is worth mentioning that the goal of continuing further scientific research is to fully justify or completely eliminate the doubts that are being questioned. Once again, we emphasize that this list of indications (based on the above-mentioned point of view) is purely recommendatory, the decision on the application or prohibition of sessions of general cryotherapy in each case is taken by a qualified specialist who is aware of the possible risks and who is responsible for choosing a set of measures. The patient should clearly understand the mode of exposure and be aware of the clinical course of his disease with probable predictions for improvement, based on the specific case.
The book by Professor Papenfuss, however, unequivocally asserts that the Federal German Pension Insurance Fund has included general cryotherapy in the "Classification of therapeutic procedures within the framework of medical rehabilitation." Cryotherapy is unequivocally shown in "inflammatory diseases of joints and pain syndromes" with the therapeutic purpose of "reducing inflammatory activity, alleviating pain, improving function."
A special place among the useful effects of general cryotherapy – the professor continues his assertions – belongs to the increase of the body's efficiency. In connection with this, a separate chapter of the book is devoted to this effect, the readers of the site are invited to read in one of the following articles a more detailed translation of the text.
A full list of testimonies is given here, to decoding and deeper analysis of each group of diseases, which are indications for sessions of general cryotherapy, Professor Papenfuss devotes a separate chapter of his book "The Power from the Cold", for the convenience of readers we will divide the chapters into a few large articles.
- Inflammatory-rheumatic diseases with a primary manifestation in the joints (rheumatoid arthritis, Bekhterev's disease);
- Degenerative and rheumatic diseases (osteoarthritis of large and small joints, also before and after endoprosthesis, postoperative edema);
- Cervical and lumbar vertebral syndrome (cases of discopathy, lumbago, sciatica syndrome), also before and after surgery;
- Cases of tendopathy ("tennis" elbows, inflammation of the Achilles tendon, pain in the heel);
- Conditions of chronic pain, primary headaches, disorders caused by pain and tension (fibromyalgia);
- Violation of the regulation of muscle tone (spastic) with infantile cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, muscle strains and concretions;
- Blunt injuries of the joints and muscles;
- Psoriasis without and in conjunction with abarthrosis;
- Atopic dermatitis (neurodermatitis), bronchial asthma;
- Signs of muscle fatigue;
- Violations of the state of balance, disruption of coordination of movements;
- Violations of the level of activity of the central nervous system (the main signs of fatigue, burnout syndrome, sympathicotonic, parasympathetic and depressive reactions, inorganic sleep disorders and chronic sleep disorders caused by painful conditions);
- General psychophysical exhaustion of the organism;
- Violations of immune reactions caused by extreme muscular stress, aging or functional limitations of the immune system that result from stress;
- Violations of the primary hypotonic circulation;
- Other diseases, which clinical picture does not fit into the above points.