If you’re curious about trying cryotherapy, then you’ve probably heard a lot of opinions on the treatment, from both skeptics and cryotherapy enthusiasts. From the skeptics and naysayers to the cryotherapy fanatics, everyone has an opinion on what the treatment does and whether you should try it. We’re here to offer facts about cryotherapy and help you better understand the treatment process before you try it for yourself.
Learn all the things you need to know before trying cryotherapy before you make an appointment to jump into a cryotherapy chamber.
Cryotherapy, like the name suggests, is cold. Below freezing, cold. While it might seem counterintuitive that extreme cold helps the body, the treatment only lasts for a few minutes in order to “jump start” or shock into action the body’s natural process of recovery.
During cryotherapy, the body is exposed to extremely low temperatures ranging from -180 ֯ Fahrenheit to -245 ֯ Fahrenheit for 2.5 minutes to trigger the body’s most powerful mechanisms of self-protection, self-recovery, and self-rejuvenation.
You may not have been this cold before, but in the few minutes you’re in the cryotherapy chamber you gain the benefit of extreme cold without the discomfort of an liquid ice bath or wind chill of being outside in the cold. Cryotherapy treatment is a unique dry-cold experience that leaves many looking forward to their next session.
There’s Special Gear
In order. To prevent damage to your hands and feet, you’ll be wearing protective gear and must be completely dry to prevent anything from freezing. This means, no wet hair or damp clothes. Don’t try cryotherapy directly after working out and sweating. Typically, cryotherapy consists of wearing clothing that covers sensitive areas of the body along with protective gloves and socks to keep your extremities from experiencing any effects of the extreme cold–even if it is only for a few minutes.
Some of the most common side effects have to do with exposure of the hands and feet, which is why we use protective clothing and gear to limit cold exposure to those sensitive areas. While your skin is exposed to the cold, the gloves and socks worn during cryotherapy treatment are specially designed to prevent any damage.
Cryotherapy Is Safe
While many people might be turned away by the prospect of exposure to sub-zero temperatures, cryotherapy is quite safe. Modern cryotherapy treatment has been tested, perfected, and tried by millions of people. It can help improve your mood, make you feel refreshed and awake, and offer health benefits. Whether it’s your first time or your fiftieth, you’ll be walked through the entire treatment process by a trained cryotherapy specialist.
While there are inherent risks in any treatment that involves heat or cold, there are many precautions taken to prevent injury or side-effects. For example, it is important to enter the cryotherapy chamber completely dry, since the extreme cold can freeze any moisture instantly. A certified cryotherapy guide supplies protective gear and step-by-step instructions to ensure the process is completed safely.
It Utilizes Natural Processes
Exposing the body to sub-zero temperatures promotes recovery since the cold causes the shrinking of blood vessels and capillaries in the body. The body, sensing extreme cold, acts to preserve itself through a survival mechanism of bringing blood into the body’s core to protect vital organs.
After the few minutes of cryotherapy, the cold sensation is gone and the heart pumps blood back into the rest of the body and the extremities (hands and feet). This oxygen and nutrient rich blood pumps back into areas that the body thinks are damaged and in need of repair, supplying a “boost” to damaged and normally functioning parts of the body.
It Can Boost Your Mood
In addition to offering health benefits, cryotherapy treatment can bring positive mood changes as well. Undergoing one session can leave you refreshed and boost your mood, while long term whole-body cryotherapy treatment may help lower depression and anxiety levels.
In many cases, cryotherapy offers benefits beyond physical improvement, including promotes better quality sleep and increasing endorphin levels to help boost your mood. Brief exposure to extremely cold temperature initiates a response from the body’s sympathetic nervous system, triggering the release of epinephrine and norepinephrine (also known as adrenaline) to increase the rate at which the heart pumps blood to the body’s extremities–a “fight or flight” reaction.
It’s Popular, But Not New.
Before trying cryotherapy, you should know that it isn’t just a “fad” treatment. While cryotherapy has gained recent popularity with professional athletes, celebrities, and health conscious individuals, it’s been around a lot longer than you might think. Cryotherapy has been in use since the late 1970s, and cold treatments such as ice baths and applying cold to sore or injured parts of the body has been around for centuries. In fact, Egyptians used cold to treat injuries and signs of inflammation as early as 2,500 BCE.
Cryotherapy as we know it has been around for the last few decades and over the years, and it has been researched and improved upon dramatically. While cryotherapy is recent to the last century, people have been subjecting themselves to extreme cold conditions with ice baths and cold-water submersions for generations. Cryotherapy is a faster and more efficient method to engage in cold therapy, with results that keep people coming back for more.
More Sessions = More Results
It typically takes more than one session to notice a difference in your body. Cryotherapy treatment can offer some incredible results after just one session, but in order to get the most out of the procedure and see a noticeable difference, you should plan for multiple sessions.
Like any other intense cooling, such as an ice pack or ice bath, a brief use can make the user feel better, but consistent use offers long term benefits. Regular cryotherapy can increase healing time, boost metabolism, and relieve pain from chronic conditions.
There Are Major Health Benefits
Due to the extreme burst of cold and the body’s natural response, cryotherapy offers benefits of bodily-recovery and rejuvenation. Numerous studies have expounded upon the possible health benefits of whole-body cryotherapy for treating pain and inflammation symptoms. Some of its many benefits include:
- Accelerates muscle recovery
- Increases energy
- Reduces muscle soreness & inflammation
- Relieves tendonitis pain
- Quicker recovery time from injuries
- Improves muscle strength and joint function
- Increases blood circulation
- Quicker recovery time from surgeries & PT (Physical Therapy)
- Relieves soreness, back pain & spasms
- Alleviates Rheumatoid & Osteoarthritis symptoms
- Decreases pain from Fibromyalgia
- May help migraine headaches
Doctors have long recommended using ice packs and cooling gels to soothe sore muscles and air in injury recovery; cryotherapy acts as a whole body “ice pack” that sends a message to the body that promotes faster healing. Since cryotherapy offers muscle pain relief, it allows individuals the opportunity to heal and get back to their normal fitness routine faster than the time it typical takes to rest and recuperate.
It Speeds Up Recovery
Athletes (and others!) use cryotherapy to soothe sore muscles and recover after a particularly intense workout or period of activity. Athletes have been using ice baths and other cooling methods for decades, along with more recent use of cryotherapy to recover after games.
Two to three minutes in a cryotherapy booth is equivalent to 10 to 20 minutes in an ice bath, saving the user time and discomfort. Cryotherapy is not just for athletes though, the treatment can help with musculoskeletal problems, arthritis, pain, and muscle soreness in everyone who is willing to give it a try.
It Can Also Help with Weight Loss & Skin Appearance
In addition to providing health benefits, cryotherapy treatment may also help you improve the appearance of your skin or provide help on your weight loss journey. Below are some of the benefits that cryotherapy treatment has provided for weight loss and improved skin appearance:
- Accelerates weight loss
- Increases metabolism & burns calories
- Increases collagen & reduces cellulite
- Reduces skin blemishes
- Can improve psoriasis & eczema
- Promotes tighter, healthier skin & complexion
Similarly, cryo slimming is a technique that utilizes short bursts of controlled cold to gently and effectively target the fat cells underneath the skin.
If you’re interested in trying cryotherapy treatment, take the first step and make an appointment today! Contact Elite Wellness to check out our unique cryotherapy packages and try cryotherapy cooling at an affordable price. Take advantage of our ongoing special, and combine your cryotherapy with another service for a discounted package price.
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