7 proven benefits of cryotherapy
These are the 7 most common benefits of cryotherapy.
What are the benefits of cryotherapy?
The benefits of cryotherapy are easy, to sum up. Cryotherapy will make you feel and look better. For athletes, this also means you will perform better. In this article, we will break down the specific ways that cryotherapy can help you.
What is cryotherapy?
Cryotherapy is the science of exposing the body to sub-zero temperatures of up to -140°C / -220°F in order to stimulate multiple wellness benefits. Cold therapy has documented use for over 2500 years. In 1978 the more modern version of cryotherapy was started by a Dr. in Japan to treat rheumatoid arthritis patients.
How to do cryotherapy
At recovery Science Inc. you will go into our Cryo Arctic cryotherapy chamber for 3 minutes depending on your setting you can go as cold as -224 deg F. We will provide you with gloves socks and earmuffs. You should wear clothing that exposes as much skin as possible. For men, boxer briefs are the most common. for women underwear and a sports bra is a good choice. You enter the chamber where we play music to help pass the time and in 3 short minutes you are done and feeling better almost immediately after. If you are claustrophobic we can roll the window down and talk to you directly for the duration of your session.
Cryotherapy for Beauty
The ultra-cold air from cryotherapy tricks your body into thinking that it is being burned Your body will produce and release more collagen in order to protect your skin. This will help eliminate fin wrinkles and loose skin. This is a very subtle side effect of cryotherapy that can be enhanced or amplified with additional treatments.
Cryotherapy for Athletic Performance
Cryotherapy triggers your body’s fight or flight response. As a result, your body will release adrenaline. Also, your body’s blow flow is directed to your brain and essential organs. Your heart rate and circulation increase so that more blood can reach your muscles. This power boost of energy to the muscles means that you can train harder for longer to become a stronger athlete. Many of the top athletes in the world have been using cryotherapy for many years now.
Cryotherapy for Weight loss
As we mentioned above after your cryotherapy session your body is working overtime to try to regulate your core temperature. All of this increase metabolic activity results in you burning more calories over the next 24-hour period. Many studies show that people can burn between 400-800 calories after a cryotherapy session. This is a great way to burn calories with no impact on the body. This benefit of cryotherapy is especially helpful for people with limited mobility due to chronic pain or injury recovery.
Cryotherapy for Muscle Recovery
Cryotherapy reduces inflammation and boosts blood circulation. This speeds up your recovery time. It is a passive form of recovery which allows you to physically rest while accelerating your recovery.
Cryotherapy for Mood
whole body cryotherapy uses ultracold temperatures that can trigger hormonal responses. Some of these hormones are adrenaline noradrenaline and endorphins. Many studies show that there are positive effects on anxiety and depression when levels of these hormones are increased in the system. This benefit of cryotherapy caught many regular users by surprise but now they claim it as one of the main reasons for continued use of cryotherapy.
Cryotherapy for Pain Management
Cryotherapy temporarily narrows your blood vessels and slows blood flow which reduces inflammation in inflamed or painful areas. This actually slows down your nerve transmission so that your brain receives fewer pain signals. This is one of the most common benefits of cryotherapy.
Cryotherapy for Sleep
Some of the hormones mentioned above promote relaxation and act as a mild sedative. Also, the increased metabolic activity helps to tire you out by the end of the day. This helps to make you tired and calm so that you can sleep better. This is especially helpful on rest days when you do not work out to help burn off extra energy. This benefit enhances all of the other benefits of cryotherapy.
More benefits of cryotherapy
These are just some of the most common benefits of cryotherapy. There are many more and everybody’s experience is different. Many people use it for specific conditions and some are even recommended to try the therapy by their Drs. or Rehabilitation specialist. If you have a question about a specific condition it is always best to ask your Dr. to see what they think about this option.