Cryotherapy
Overview

It works by reducing blood flow to a particular area, which can significantly reduce inflammation and swelling that causes pain, especially around a joint or a tendon. Cryotherapy also helps to stimulate the production of collagen by using the regeneration process of bodies' natural cells.


Purpose Of Cryotherapy

The multiple benefits cryotherapy provides makes it among the most prolific technologies for wellness, and even for cosmetic purposes. From reducing inflammation and pain, to increasing metabolism and collagen production, cryotherapy can produce many impactful changes. Studies consistently demonstrate that cryotherapy can improve the following: joint pain, chronic fatigue due to intense over-training, skin disorders (e.g. eczema), tinnitus, insomnia, snoring, and the effects of aging. It can also stimulate immunity, improve mood by releasing endorphins, reduce cellulite, and accelerate metabolism, which can enhance weight loss.

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How It Works

Cryotherapy, which literally means “cold therapy,” is a technique where the body is exposed to extremely cold temperatures. The mechanism by which whole-body cryotherapy works is that by immersing yourself in extremely cold air for several minutes, a number of bodily processes are hyper-stimulated, resulting in numerous health benefits. The 2 to 4 minute treatment involves standing in an enclosed chamber that surrounds the entire body, except for your head, which remains outside the chamber. Inside the enclosure the temperature drops to between negative 200–300°F. Protective mittens and booties can be worn to limit cold exposure to the hands and feet.


Potential Cryotherapy Benefits

While it's not uncommon to see benefits from just one session of cryotherapy, it’s most effective when used regularly. In fact, elite athletes often use cryotherapy twice per day. Others will go daily for 10 days and then once per month afterwards.

Cryotherapy benefits most often include:

  • Muscle and joint pain relief
  • Reduced Inflammation
  • Younger-looking skin
Better mood and energy!

HELPS TREAT MOOD DISORDERS

The ultra-cold temperatures used in whole-body cryotherapy can stimulate physiological responses. These include the release of hormones including adrenaline, noradrenaline, and endorphins. These hormones can have a positive effect for those with mood disorders including anxiety and depression.  One study found that whole-body cryotherapy was actually effective in short-term treatment for both.

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REDUCES ARTHRITIC PAIN

Cryotherapy treatment isn’t the only thing that’s effective at treating serious conditions; research demonstrates  that whole-body cryotherapy significantly reduces pain associated with arthritis and that the treatment is well-tolerated. It also allowed its users to tolerate more aggressive physical and occupational therapy in conjunction with using it, making their rehabilitation programs more effective.

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PREVENT DEMENTIA & ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE

While research is needed to evaluate its effectiveness with these conditions, it’s theorized that, based on the known physiological responses to cryotherapy, this modality may help prevent Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia.  Due to the anti-oxidative and anti-inflammatory effects of this treatment it is indeed possible that the inflammatory and oxidative stress responses seen with Alzheimer’s can be mitigated by using it.

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