Cryotherapy helps with many things such as muscle recovery, skin rejuvenation, reducing inflammation, decreasing chronic pain, reducing anxiety and depression, and helping with weight loss.
1) Cryotherapy helps with Muscle Recovery
Cryotherapy is most commonly used in the world of sports medicine as a means of providing pain relief and helping muscles recover quicker. This is popular among professional athletes and fitness gurus. In studies performed, a majority of athletes performed better after cryotherapy treatment, marked by less exertion, lower heart rates, and less oxygen consumption. This science behind this is that cryotherapy results in more oxygen available to the working muscles and less strain on the cardiac system. In a controlled study where individuals were treated with cryotherapy prior to exercise, they showed a decrease in inflammation, allowing for faster return to activity with less recovery time.
2) Cryotherapy is used for Skin Rejuvenation
For those with skin issues, such as psoriasis, eczema, dermatitis, and others, many have found that cryotherapy has healing benefits for skin troubles. In a subject study, cryotherapy resulted in reduced skin abnormalities, likely due to reduced water loss from the skin, better hydration, and more.
3) Cryotherapy Reduces Inflammation
Inflammation is the result of our body’s the immune system fighting infection. However, chronic inflammation is linked to major health issues, like diabetes, depression, dementia, arthritis and even cancer. Reducing inflammation can reduce the risk to those with the potential to suffer from those ailments. Some studies suggest that cryotherapy can reduce overly reactive inflammation. When the body is exposed to extreme cold temperatures, the blood vessels constrict and reduce blood flow to the areas of inflammation. Cryogenic treatments decreased pro-inflammatory protein (cytokines) levels and increased the presence of anti-inflammatory proteins, in those that went for repeated cryo treatments. Whole Body Cryotherapy has anti-inflammatory and pain relieving qualities. The findings indicate that the degree of cooling depends on the BMI (Body Mass Index) and fitness level of the subjects.
4) Cryotherapy Decreases Chronic Pain
Cryotherapy has been shown to improve general well-being and actually improve quality of life for those suffering from chronic pain such as lower back pain, arthritis, fibromyalgia, and pain in muscles and joints. Cryotherapy reduces pain by decreasing inflammation, increasing anti-inflammatory proteins, improving antioxidant balance, and increasing endorphins. Studies have shown that chronic pain sufferers show pain relief after repeated cryotherapy treatments, with lower pain sensation in muscles and bones, faster recovery, improved mobility, and other improvements including less fatigue and better sleep.
5) Cryotherapy Reduces Anxiety and Depression
The body is one interconnected system, and how we feel mentally can be altered by physical treatment. Studies have shown that whole body cryotherapy sessions can help to heal psychological strain. Individuals suffering from anxiety and depression, after undergoing cryotherapy treatments, along with their doctor-prescribed medication, were found to have lower symptoms of anxiety/depression and increased mood due to the treatment.
6) Cryotherapy is for Weight Loss
Proponents of cryotherapy believe it supports the weight loss process. In cryotherapy, the extreme cold temperatures force the human body to work harder to keep warm, which burns calories. It also boosts metabolism, which helps you to continue to burn calories throughout the day. Many cryotherapy users claim a single session can burn hundreds of calories.