Cryosauna - Full body cold therapy

Medicine 3

Head of Department:
Prof. Dr. med. univ. Georg Schett

Cryosauna - Full body cold therapy

Whole body cold therapy is a highly effective treatment method that was developed in Japan and has been known in Europe since 1980. In Germany, it was introduced in 1985 in various clinics and since 1998 has also been available on an outpatient basis.

There are 1-, 2- and 3-chamber systems in which up to 6 people can be treated simultaneously. There is always only one actual therapy room. Our Cryosauna is a 1-chamber system for single treatments, which is cooled down to a temperature of -110°C to -140°C with liquid nitrogen. Head and hands are not in the cooling area and therefore normal room air is breathed.
The cold chamber is extremely dry. As a result, the low temperature during the 1-3-minute period is usually perceived as pleasant even in swimwear with socks.

Mode of action
The effect is based on the sudden cooling of the skin with partly nerval-reflexive partly biochemical influence. The body temperature sinks only minimally.
Presumably reflex arcs in the spinal cord are triggered by influencing the pain and temperature receptors of the skin. The nerve conduction speed and certain neurotransmitters are altered. However, the details are only partially known.

Therapeutic effects
In the short term, there is a reduction in pain and an increase in well-being and mobility due to improved joint function. Shortly afterwards, a feeling of warmth often occurs. This first effect lasts about 2-6 hours.
After 6 weeks of treatment, almost 70% of patients can significantly reduce the pain and rheumatism medication or even completely do without medication for certain diseases.
Further positive effects are the increase of the lung volume, increase of the one-second capacity and the oxygen saturation of the blood, relaxation of the bronchial tubes, decrease of the carbon dioxide content and decrease of the skin tension, especially with psoriasis and neurodermatitis.

Frequency of use
Initially, the treatment should take place as often as possible, up to 1-2 times a day. However, this depends on the circumstances (e.g. place of residence). At least 20 applications are necessary for a long-term effect.

When should the Cryosauna not be used?
If you are interested in the treatment, we will inform you in detail about the so-called contraindications. You can also have an information sheet or our flyer sent to you. All in all it is similar to the sauna.

What side effects have been observed?
Applications in the cold chamber are generally very well tolerated. So far no side effects are known. Occasionally skin reddening or blisters on the skin - similar to sunburn - can occur.
The typical stress hormones do not increase. This means that children, elderly people and patients with pre-existing conditions can usually also be treated without any problems.

What must be considered?
Metallic objects, glasses, contact lenses, watches etc. must be discarded. Ointments or cosmetics, showers and hair washing before therapy should be avoided.

When does the Cryosauna help?

  • for chronic inflammatory and degenerative joint and spinal diseases
  • for psoriasis with and without joint pain
  • for soft tissue rheumatic diseases
  • for chronic pain and fibromyalgia
  • in sports injuries and operations on joints and spine
  • disturbed muscle tone and stiffness, as they occur in multiple sclerosis or infantile cerebral palsy
  • for chronic sleep disorders
  • for neurodermatitis

It is not a statutory service of the health insurance funds. For treatment, therefore, a contract must be concluded for an individual health service (IGeL) (outpatient) or an optional service (inpatient).

Please contact us to make an appointment:
Michael Pappa, Phone: 09131 85-33899, e-mail:

If you have any questions, please contact us:
OA Dr. med. Christoph Bleh, Medical director, e-mail:


Medical management:

OA Dr. Christoph Bleh

Therapeutic management:

Michael Pappa
Phone: 09131 85-33899
Fax: 09131 85-34643


Hochschulambulanz/Outpatient clinc
Phone: 09131 85-34742
Fax: 09131 85-36448

Privatambulanz/Private clinic
Phone: 09131 85-33363
Fax: 09131 85-34770

Studienambulanz/Study outpatient clinic
Phone: 09131 85-32093

Station B2-2/Inpatient clinic
Phone: 09131 85-33015

Emergency Information

In emergency cases please call the internal emergency department:

Phone: +49 9131 85-35420