You don’t have to be an athlete to get benefits from whole body cryotherapy, but many professional athletes do use it. It’s a lot quicker and less painful than sitting hours in an ice bath, which used to be the treatment for muscle pain and injury. It increases circulation, just as ice baths and ice packs do, but does it in three to five minutes and without the pain of sitting for hours in a tub filled with ice. Studies show that it even can bring relief to rheumatoid arthritis sufferers and can promote healing as it reduces the pain.
What is this miracle called whole body cryotherapy?
Whole body cryotherapy is a technique that exposes your body to temperatures that are between -200 degrees Fahrenheit and -256 degrees Fahrenheit for approximately three minutes. That super cold temperature triggers a message to the brain that the body needs to make changes before it freezes. It constricts the blood vessels near the surface of the skin and sends it to the core of the body to keep it warm. On its way, it’s cleansed and filled with oxygen and nutrients and continues that until the session is over when it immediately returns to the peripheral areas like the muscle tissues, joint areas and skin.
Cryotherapy can do more than just relieve pain from sports injury.
Your skin will look better after using cryotherapy. You’ll notice the difference almost immediately. Remember those rosy cheeks you had as a kid when you came in from the cold? You’ll increase circulation to all parts of the body, including the skin. That also helps reduce inflammation. It can be part of a beauty regimen that can work in unison to improve your appearance.
It can help freeze your bottom off, too.
That’s right! Cryotherapy can help you lose weight. It doesn’t replace healthy eating and exercise, but it can help to burn extra calories and boost your metabolism, making weight loss even easier. Your body has to work really hard to stay warm in those sub-zero temperatures and that means burning extra calories. One session not only boosts your metabolism throughout the day, but also burns hundreds of calories while you’re doing it.
- You’ll release endorphins when you have a cryotherapy session. That means you’ll get the mood boosting feeling they bring and it can help your mood.
- Whole body cryotherapy has been known to boost your energy level, too.
- The increased circulation and reduction of inflammation may help prevent Alzheimer’s and dementia. Preliminary studies show it has a positive effect in those areas.
- Cryotherapy stimulates the production of collagen that helps both the skin and hair. It improves the skin’s elasticity and strength.