What are the Benefits of Cryotherapy? How Cold Therapy Helps
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What are the Benefits of Cryotherapy?

Dr. Andrew Sands
August 23, 2017

Cryotherapy has been around since 1978. Originally created to treat rheumatoid arthritis, the health benefits of this treatment are now expanding to many other conditions. Cryotherapy is the use of freezing temperatures to help treat conditions such as muscle spasms, arthritis, and even slow cell aging.

The cryotherapy sauna or chamber is cooled using liquid nitrogen to reach temperatures ranging from -100 F to -274 F. To take in all the benefits from cryotherapy you must remain in the sauna for about two to three minutes.

Cryotherapy is a proven treatment for many health conditions and has been used for years as a health stimulant treatment. From athletes to models and moms, it seems like everyone is using cryotherapy for its amazing benefits that give their health a much-needed boost.

1. Reduces Inflammation

It is known that applying ice or cold to an area can reduce inflammation. Cryotherapy achieves this same effect throughout the body. It stimulates the vagus nerve, which helps reduce anxiety and fatigue. Because cryotherapy cools down the entire body, inflammation caused by bruises, a pinched nerve, or a sprained ankle can be significantly reduced.

2. Fast Recovery

Cryotherapy has been used by athletes for years. Several studies have shown how cryotherapy helps with muscle soreness. This is because the extreme cold temperatures stimulate blood flow through the body.

3. Slows Aging Signs

One of the most popular uses of cryotherapy is anti-aging. Cryotherapy can help reduce the appearance of wrinkles while increasing the skin’s collagen production. Cryotherapy helps reduce cellulite and fatty deposits in the skin, giving you a smoother complexion.

4. Boosts Energy and Metabolism

Cryotherapy can help you burn between 500 to 800 calories per session. This is caused because of the amount of energy your body needs to get back to its natural temperature. Plus, it helps release catecholamines as a reaction of your body to cold temperatures. These neurochemicals give you feelings of euphoria and boosted energy.

5. Improves Immune System

It has been said that rapid exposure to cold temperatures causes your hypothalamus to turn on anti-inflammatory processes in the body as a response to the cold. Also, some experts believe the body goes into flight-and-response or survival mode when being exposed to extreme temperatures for three minutes. This reaction causes a rapid boost in the immune system as all your body’s defenses are called to action.

Cryotherapy has been used for decades now, and the benefits can be experienced almost immediately. Cryotherapy is an excellent treatment to include as part of a healthy lifestyle.

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