Have you ever applied a bag of ice to a sore knee or ankle? What about a cold pack on a bruise or scrape? These types of treatments are the fundamental principals of cryotherapy, or the application of intense cold to an injury to cause blood vessels to constrict and reduce pain and inflammation.
Now imagine yourself in a full immersion chamber that exposes your entire body to temperatures around –150º Fahrenheit (a procedure intentionally designed to last only a few minutes). Like anything else, the results will vary per person. But some of the most commonly reported benefits include:
- Treating arthritis, fibromyalgia and sports related injuries
- Relieving overall body aches and pains
- Resulting in feeling stronger and healthier
- Improving appearance or ‘healthy glow’
- Promoting anti-aging and weight loss
Trainers, physical therapists, healthcare providers and the FDA have similar yet different opinions on using cryotherapy as a medical treatment, but it is proven that the application of cold does cause the body to protect itself and trigger responses that relieve injury related swelling and soreness.
How does Cryotherapy work?
Imagine the experience as stepping into an enclosed chamber and then being rapidly exposed to freezing cold air for about 1.5 to 3 minutes. The process significantly lowers your skin surface temperature and stimulates your body receptors, which causes your nervous system to release endorphins.
The coldest your skin can get is –32º F, but your core body temperature will remain unchanged. When you emerge from the chamber, it is similar to coming in from the cold. Blood will return to your skin and extremities and you’ll feel an immediate, overall sense of pain relief.
Originating in Japan but advanced in Europe, cryotherapy was introduced at the 2000 Olympic rehabilitation center in Poland to treat world-class athletes. Since then, cryotherapy has become increasingly available to anyone looking to lesson recovery time and enhance athletic performance.
Is Cryotherapy right for you?
If you currently suffering from the aches and pains associated with an active lifestyle, or from rheumatoid arthritis, then you might want to give cryotherapy a try. Same day appointments are often available, and treatments are increasingly affordable.
Like anything else related to healthcare (with varying results based on age, activity level and body weight) it is recommended that you talk to your doctor if you have any questions.
Cryotherapy is available for same day appointments at our Coast Cryo Health clinic in Huntington Beach, CA. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call (714) 963-7712.