The healing power of cold has been known to humanity for thousands of years. First mentions of using cold to treat inflammations and injuries date back to ancient Egypt, 2500 BC. Its analgesic effects were also no ted by Hippocrates in 5th century BC. Often dubbed ,,the father of medicine”, this Greek healer recommended lowering the body temperature after sustaining injuries, in order to reduce swelling and pain.
Even though the development of medical sciences has led to a hiatus in practice of more natural therapeutic methods, by the end of 20th century there has been resurgence. This time around they have become a full-fledged method of supporting and healing the human body. Cryotherapy, now supported by scientific evidence and results of clinical studies, has become a treatment, practiced in hospitals and clinics. The development of medical technologies has allowed for targeted application of cold as well as full-body treatments employing liquid nitrogen and highly specialized cryo chambers. Physiological response to cold has been, as postulated by Egyptians and Hippocrates, extremely helpful in treating various illnesses and injuries, as well as beauty treatments and attempts to satisfy more spiritual needs.