The cure that comes from the cold

Also in Turin, at the Ginnic Life in via San Francesco da Paola, it is now possible to take advantage of the innumerable advantages of cryotherapy for physical recovery and the treatment of various pathologies.

The word by which it is defined, cryotherapy,  comes from the Greek and literally means “cure  with the cold”, but the one that has hit the headlines thanks to the images of many athletes who resorted to it to treat trauma,  is more properly called ” systemic cryotherapy”. It was developed in Japan a few decades ago with the intention of exploiting the well-known advantages obtained by applying cold in a targeted manner to inflamed parts of the body (such as the typical ice pack) or as a thermal shock for the well-being of the organism ( think of the typical  dips in frozen water after a sauna in the Nordic countries). Practically the classic discovery of… cold water, cryotherapy, to be precise, very soon became, thanks to the evidence of the results, a famous and sought-after practice, in the sporting arena and beyond. But what until recently for the Turinese could only be admired from afar, whether it was America, where it was used by actors and VIPs, or Milan or Rome, pioneering Italian cities for this practice, has now become a real possibility.Thanks to Carlo Zucca, with a PhD in Sports Science  and a great expert in the sector  with four decades of experience, in the Ginnic Life gym that he owns, everyone can finally take advantage  of the advantages and benefits that  initially were the exclusive prerogative, in the shadow of the Mole, only of Juventus players. How it works is easy to tell. People are made to sit inside a large steel cylinder from which only their heads will protrude (no discomfort for claustrophobics), wearing only warm shoes and cotton underwear. The treatment lasts from one and a half to three minutes and begins with the transformation  of liquid nitrogen – the most abundant chemical element in the universe and naturally present in the air  – into gaseous which is thus  introduced inside the cylinder. The temperature that the nitrogen cloud reaches is -170°, although the one actually perceived is “only” -15°, but this is precisely the purpose of the therapy which takes advantage of the benefits brought by the cold, a very powerful anti-inflammatory thanks to its vasoconstrictive effect and consequently  without side effects, and is also indicated in the treatment of chronic pain and to combat osteoporosis. But, as Carlo Zucca explains, there are many and varied reasons for requesting a targeted program and approaching cryotherapy: “Cryotherapy is also in great demand by those who want to lose weight: it is capable of triggering a sudden drop in weight” and this because it burns fatty acids and at the same time also increases the basal metabolic rate, not to mention that it is also useful “to counteract cellulite by activating blood microcirculation”. The effects are evident after just a few sessions, but after all, just consider that in a three-minute application you can burn as many as 1,300 calories, a comforting figure now that, after the holidays and related binges, it’s time to get back in shape and take into account your balance. Evidently the people of Turin immediately understood the importance and usefulness of being able to resort to cryotherapy sessions, decreeing the success of the Ginnic Life initiative right from the start. Thus experiencing firsthand the other advantages it offers, considering that it is recommended as a therapy for a number of other problems: from physical recovery, to tissue oxygenation, to asthma treatment, to regain sexual desire in the event of a decline of the same, as an aid for  the sleep cycle, to lower the glycemic level  in those suffering from a form of diabetes, to raise the level of HDL – the so-called “good cholesterol” -, as a therapy for headaches (the cold increases the pain threshold)… “In Europe it is much better known than in Italy” Zucca always explains, also recalling that in some countries, such as Poland for example, it is partly paid for by the National Health Service. Contraindicated only for serious heart patients and people suffering from very high blood pressure, to use it you need to bring a medical certificate (possibly  you can request it from Ginnic Life) or sign a  liability release form. For information, or to book a treatment, you can go to the Ginnic Life center in via San Francesco da Paola 40/d (open 7 days a week from 7 to 22), or call 011 889052.Thanks to Carlo Zucca, with a PhD in Sports Science  and a great expert in the sector  with four decades of experience, in the Ginnic Life gym that he owns, everyone can finally take advantage  of the advantages and benefits that  initially were the exclusive prerogative, in the shadow of the Mole, only of Juventus players. How it works is easy to tell. People are made to sit inside a large steel cylinder from which only their heads will protrude (no discomfort for claustrophobics), wearing only warm shoes and cotton underwear. The treatment lasts from one and a half to three minutes and begins with the transformation  of liquid nitrogen – the most abundant chemical element in the universe and naturally present in the air  – into gaseous which is thus  introduced inside the cylinder. The temperature that the nitrogen cloud reaches is -170°, although the one actually perceived is “only” -15°, but this is precisely the purpose of the therapy which takes advantage of the benefits brought by the cold, a very powerful anti-inflammatory thanks to its vasoconstrictive effect and consequently  without side effects, and is also indicated in the treatment of chronic pain and to combat osteoporosis. But, as Carlo Zucca explains, there are many and varied reasons for requesting a targeted program and approaching cryotherapy: “Cryotherapy is also in great demand by those who want to lose weight: it is capable of triggering a sudden drop in weight” and this because it burns fatty acids and at the same time also increases the basal metabolic rate, not to mention that it is also useful “to counteract cellulite by activating blood microcirculation”. The effects are evident after just a few sessions, but after all, just consider that in a three-minute application you can burn as many as 1,300 calories, a comforting figure now that, after the holidays and related binges, it’s time to get back in shape and take into account your balance. Evidently the people of Turin immediately understood the importance and usefulness of being able to resort to cryotherapy sessions, decreeing the success of the Ginnic Life initiative right from the start. Thus experiencing firsthand the other advantages it offers, considering that it is recommended as a therapy for a number of other problems: from physical recovery, to tissue oxygenation, to asthma treatment, to regain sexual desire in the event of a decline of the same, as an aid for  the sleep cycle, to lower the glycemic level  in those suffering from a form of diabetes, to raise the level of HDL – the so-called “good cholesterol” -, as a therapy for headaches (the cold increases the pain threshold)… “In Europe it is much better known than in Italy” Zucca always explains, also recalling that in some countries, such as Poland for example, it is partly paid for by the National Health Service. Contraindicated only for serious heart patients and people suffering from very high blood pressure, to use it you need to bring a medical certificate (possibly  you can request it from Ginnic Life) or sign a  liability release form. For information, or to book a treatment, you can go to the Ginnic Life center in via San Francesco da Paola 40/d (open 7 days a week from 7 to 22), or call 011 889052.

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