Cryotherapy originated in Japan as a method to treat pain associated with rheumatoid arthritis. Cryotherapy is the local or general use of very low temperatures for medical use. Cryotherapy can be beneficial for anyone, but it specifically helps: athletes seeking muscle recovery, people who suffer from chronic pain, and inflammatory conditions. Additionally, cryotherapy can be useful for those who have had recent surgery and are looking to accelerate healing time and reduce pain. Overworked tissue needs recovery time and cryotherapy assists with decreasing pain and spasms. The main purpose is to help cure or reduce the amount of tension placed on damaged tissue. Cryotherapy increases blood circulation which decreases inflammation and stimulates cellular regeneration to promote faster healing. When our body is exposed to subzero temperatures, the body releases endorphins, which are natural pain inhibitors and mood elevators.
Freezing temperatures are exposed to the skin for such a short time so the skin does not freeze. The full-body chamber immerses the body in 220-280 degrees below zero. The most sensitive areas of the body should be covered during the session. The least amount of clothing is recommended for more skin exposure. Cotton glove and socks should be provided for you. Women should not wear a wire bra, but a bathing suit or dry undergarment is acceptable.
Will an ice bath have the same results on the body? Ice baths only reach the top skin layers, and are not cold enough to penetrate deep into muscles, ligaments, or tendons. Ice baths take anywhere from 10-15 minutes in uncomfortable conditions whereas Cryo-chamber sessions last only 2-3 minutes.
Although there are no age limitations, it’s recommended clients be at least 13 years of age or older with a parental consent. If you’re taking any medications, it’s important to talk to your doctor beforehand because some drugs may intensify during therapy. It’s recommended that 3-4 sessions be completed to feel a decrease in pain and relaxation. Everyone reacts differently to therapy, but after several treatments nerves and muscle pains typically subside for several months.
Whole-Body Cryotherapy (WBC): Does It Speed Recovery? – Cooper Institute
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