Cryotherapy

Procedure using low temperature for therapeutic purposes

How does it work?

The method using low temperature strength is called cryotherapy.

Cryotherapy is a widely used method in clinical practice.

In OKTO we use cryotherapy for :

  • Post-traumatic conditions such as injuries, sprains, spills;
  • Post-traumatic joint contractures (immobilization) - "frozen shoulder", elbow contractures, etc.;
  • Chronic inflammatory diseases - tendonitis, bursitis, insertionitis, epicondylitis (tennis elbow);
  • Muscle pain and cramps;

What are the main benefits?

The main effects that cause the cooling or freezing of a particular skin area are the following:

 

  • Lowering the local temperature;
  • Prevention of edema;
  • Suppression of inflammatory reactions;
  • Vasoconstriction of skin blood vessels;
  • Reduction of the pain syndrome;
  • Strengthen the flow of nutrients to the site and help remove waste products and free radicals;

 

Cryotherapy used in OKTO is particularly effective immediately after an injury.

Three phases are observed when applying cold therapy locally :

  • Phase of initial vasoconstriction (fading of the skin) - constriction of blood vessels, loss of pain sensitivity, delay of nerve conduction, decrease of muscle activity and tone;
  • Phase of active hyperemia (bloodlet and redness) - as a reflex reaction to cold irritation invades arterial blood rich in nutrients, thus stimulating regeneration and restorative processes in tissues;
  • Phase of passive hyperaemia (skin bruising) - undesirable in cryotherapy due to constriction of blood vessels and disruption of microcirculation;

Additional information

OKTO, Sofia chose the best cryotherapy device on the market - namely Cryo 6 of the established German brand Zimmer.

The device works with filtered room air, cooled to -30 C, thus achieving extremely fast cooling.


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Petya D.
Petya D.
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Exceptional professionals, excellent service, top location.
Evita M.
Evita M.
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I found Okto after suffering from a bad disc herniation and was prescribed physiotherapy from a neurologist.From the moment you step foot inside the clinic, you feel comfortable and welcome. The staff is extremely kind and professional. Also as a foreigner, I felt really included.The clinic is... quite modern, with top-notch equipment, ready for all kinds of procedures, which all have worked wonders for me. I entered the clinic limping and slouching - after my therapy I felt pain-free, energized and brand new.A special thanks to Dr. Kostas and Dr. Dayana for their amazing work and awesomeness.A place I definitely recommend to my colleagues, friends and family.read more
Ani P
Ani P
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I used the service after breaking my wrist. The team (Kostas and Dimitar) helped me recover super quickly. After 3 weeks of physio, I was able to gain almost full mobility of the wrist. I loved that the place doesn't feel like a hospital and at the same time it's pristine. After spending sometime... in Pirogov, I didn't want to hear about hospitals and this place was a breath of fresh air.read more
Nikolay P.
Nikolay P.
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I've visited Okto,s chiropractor Dimitar Kachev, several times over the past two years for different reasons. Each visit has been incredibly beneficial, providing relief and noticeable improvements in my well-being. The professionalism, expertise, and welcoming atmosphere at the clinic consistently... exceed my expectations. I highly recommend Dimitar's services to anyone seeking effective chiropractic care.read more
Petya S.
Petya S.
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Highly recommend Okto-physiotherapy .The first thing that impressed me was the great interior combined with incredible cleanliness. On the second place, I was amazed by the attitude of the team - very kind, friendly and always smiling. I am a dentist and I had very bad back pain because of my... profession. I wasn't used to going to massages until I started visiting the clinic. Mitko is an exceptional professional who, in addition to working beautifully, has a personal attitude and great care for both the patient and every single detail. He makes you completely relaxed.Since I am visiting the clinic I have no pain and feel great! I think it is a great way to take care of ourselves, so I recommend it wholeheartedly.read more
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Cordero2 F.
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George B.
George B.
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Top location for physiotherapy and massage. Highly professional people lead by doctor Panos. Equipment is high tech. Best place in Sofia
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My #1 place to go for physiotherapy in Sofia! My therapist Kostas is an amazing professional and very friendly person! I really respect the personal approach for each individual client. Thank you for all your past and future help :)
Yavuz S.
Yavuz S.
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Okto physiotherapy is top-notch. The staff is professional, and my therapist, Kostas, really helped with my mobility and pain. Highly recommended!
Elena M.
Elena M.
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Exellent unforgetable. I will refer you the Most I can Costas made me feel great
Konstantin D.
Konstantin D.
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Best sports massage ever, highly recommended. The service is really great, you get treated very well, even as foreigner.You should book a massage with Mitko, he is the best!
Edouard V.
Edouard V.
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I had a horrible lower back pain for months. After several sessions with Mitko the pain is gone and I feel like a brand new person!! Thank you guys :)
Selin S.
Selin S.
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All I can say is exceptional care and expertise! Dr. Panos and his physiotherapy team here truly goes above and beyond. I highly recommend OKTO to anyone in need
Patrick C.
Patrick C.
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Très bon cabinet de kinésithérapie, très professionnel avec du matériel de pointe. Je recommande.
Andrew P.
Andrew P.
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Fantastic Physio! Very comprehensive and competent practitioners with a very pleasant attitude. The office is lovely and welcoming. Highly recommend! Thanks again.
ציפי ל.
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מכון פיזיוטרפיה נעים וחדשני, צוות מעולה אדיב ומקצועי. גם שיקום, מסאז'ים פיזיוטרפיה.Pleasant and innovative physiotherapy institute, excellent, courteous and professional staff
Rositsa V.
Rositsa V.
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The best place for physiotherapy in Sofia! Dimitar and Kostas are amazing professionals! Thank you for all your help!
Nadya P.
Nadya P.
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The clinic is very modern, clean and cozy. Kostas was my physiotherapist, who helped me with my upper back problems, which I had for several years. He's very professional and a very nice person, so you'll definitely have fun during the therapy. I received personal treatment plan and exercises to do... at home. I'm very thankful for everything, my back is doing so much better after the therapy. ❤️read more
nikol M.
nikol M.
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Okto is the best physio practice I’ve been to. They make you feel amazing from walking into the centre to leaving and in between sessions, with follow up messages and check ups. I live in London, originally from Sofia and I was impressed by the professionalism and attention to detail. I have to say... that Dimityr has managed to make a difference to my shoulder, back and neck pains over 3 sessions! It’s incredible. Thank you so much. I’ll always be back to see you when in Bulgaria.read more
Milena P.
Milena P.
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Great place, very well equipped and with wonderful specialists. From the moment you enter the clinic, you feel very comfortable and cared for. Thank you so much to the great professional Alex who helped me recover from my knee injury.
María A.
María A.
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I had a few sessions with Nikolay a couple of months ago due to muscle pain on my shoulders/neck/back and they really helped reduce the pain and get some of the mobility back. He also gave me some exercises to continue doing on my own after the sessions.I have just booked another session for a... massage in the coming weeks because my back is a bit tense after driving, so I'm coming back because I trust him.He's also very friendly and even though I have very bad habits for my back health and I don't like strangers touching me, he never made me feel judged with his advice and he always made me feel comfortable.Thank you.read more
Veselin M.
Veselin M.
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I would definitely recommend you to come to this physiological place! Especially ask for Mitko! I had an back issue which I needed to deal with, and Mitko read my MMR and knew what exactly needed it to be done! 10 visits and my problem went away! Don’t hesitate!
Nikita N.
Nikita N.
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The best physiotherapy in Sofia! Special thanks to Kostas for helping me recover from 2 different injuries.The equipment they use is waaay better than anything you see at other physiotherapists.I cannot recommend them enough.
Pure C.
Pure C.
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Very glad with the service ! Highly recommend . I am thankful to the best physiotherapist Bitakos.
Viksan
Viksan
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Great service! Thanks to Okto my leg fully recovered!
Petia M.
Petia M.
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I love the time when visiting Okto. From the very beginning when started visiting the clinic, I’ve I also started feeling the relief and pain going away.The team is very friendly, equipment is the best, the clinic is great and everything is very clean.Dr. Panos is a great professional who knows... hat he’s doing and is making every patient feel special and well respected. Thank you!read more
Martin P.
Martin P.
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Top health care center with kind and extremely professional staff!
Adam Pearce M.
Adam Pearce M.
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Chiara D. M.
Chiara D. M.
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Fusing quality practice with caring staff and incredible facilities, OKTO is doing what it set out to do—and doing it well. The gym is top-notch, the therapy rooms are equipped with all the machinery an injured athlete could need, and the lobby has this aura of calm that envelops you the moment you... walk through those doors.It's like you know your recovery is going to be in good hands at OKTO.I would like to give a very special thanks to my long-standing physiotherapist (and friend), Dr. Panos Tsimplis, and my physiotherapist and rehabilitation/fitness coach, Nikolay. No words can possibly describe how glad I am to have gotten the chance to work with you both, and I’m beyond pleased with the results! After seven long months off the tennis court—I was diagnosed with not one but two stress fractures—I'm back and feeling stronger and healthier than ever, all thanks to you.Thank you, OKTO!read more
Zdravko H.
Zdravko H.
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A wonderful place! The whole staff is extremely friendly and the professionalism is on a different level! The procedures helped me lower down the pain I had and the team gave me guidance on how to change my everyday basis plus exercises to do daily.I can't say I am fully healed already but there... is a huge progress. Special thanks to my buddy, Nikolay!In conclusion - I highly recommend the place and it is definitely worth the price!read more
alexis P.
alexis P.
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Excellent facilities, super service, really equipped, with high level treatment, and really nice environment. They are super helpful and really care about any problem you have. TheSpecial mention in the reception girl she is so kind.
Dimitris Papadopoulos O.
Dimitris Papadopoulos O.
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Simply the best in Bulgaria
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GogzaBG
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Great service with highly knowledgeable therapists! Highly recommend this clinic to anyone suffering from muscle pain . Many thanks to my therapist Dimitur Kuchev !
Gognik T.
Gognik T.
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I had an amazing experience with Okto.My therapist Dimitur Kuchev is very knowledgeable, supportive and friendly. My shoulder feels much better after the sessions. Highly recommend OKTO and many thanks again for the wonderful time .
Rayna M.
Rayna M.
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I’m very pleased with the service I received at Okto. Young professionals with human touch and care. I can truly recommend!
Ceaser G.
Ceaser G.
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I'm very happy that I went with my gut to come to Okto! The people who work there are true professionals, who are very easy to talk to, and who know what they are doing. They explain things very clearly and are constantly letting you know what they are doing and why they are doing it.The space... itself is clean, and very modern looking. The tools that they used were at the top of what I've seen in Bulgaria, both in hospitals and in private practices.Overall, the experience I've had was amazing!read more
panagiotis F.
panagiotis F.
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The best, very kind, very clean and kind personnel. Thank you okto for this excellent experience
Lidia H.
Lidia H.
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Great service with highly knowledgeable therapists! Highly recommend this clinic to anyone suffering from muscle pain or stiffness.
Elli Z.
Elli Z.
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Pleasant environment and highly expertised staff!!!
Gratsiela T.
Gratsiela T.
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I’m very, very pleased with this place. I’ve been to different physiotherapists, but here the service was indeed on a very high level. The people are very friendly and nice and helpful. They really do understand what they’re doing, they’re explaining thoroughly the process and the procedures. They... even went an extra mile and gave me advice on another trauma I had, being patient with my many questions. And Dayana is giving awesome and really helpful massage :)Also, most of the time i had to be with my baby while having the procedures, they were understanding and helpful with that, too.read more
Emil G.
Emil G.
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Friendly and professional team. Helped me out big time with some nerve related issues affecting my hand. Highly recommend!
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