Cryotherapy Is the best-kept secret in health and sports. Professional teams such as Manchester United, Chelsea, AC Milan and Real Madrid have their own cryotherapy chamber. It is used by teams all over the world from Aussie Rules to the American NBA basketball league. This has until now been only available to elite athletes and teams. Athletes of all disciplines are now turning to cryotherapy for recovery to help them perform better.
With cryotherapy, you can train harder, longer, and recover quicker to help you achieve maximum results from your workouts
Treatment: Whole Body Cryotherapy is an extreme cold treatment. AFcryotherapy treatments are delivered as temperatures of between -120°C and -160°C.
The treatment is a skin level treatment so the core body temperature is only marginally effected but it is not unusual to record skin temperatures dropping by between 10 – 15°C during a standard treatment period of between 3 – 5 minutes in duration.
Despite the extreme temperatures, due to the dry air, the environment is not unpleasant. Of those having experienced immersion in an ice-bath at temperatures of 5 – 8°C, almost all prefer the comfort and lack of physical penetrative cold of a cryotherapy treatment.
Effects of Cryotherapy on Body Performance
The body undergoes an amazing physiological response to the extremely low temperatures. When the brain receives signals registering the extent of the cold, it registers the impossibility of maintaining an average temperature if normal blood circulation is maintained in the outer layers of the skin. Receptors below the surface of the skin then direct the body’s nervous system to carry out a process called vasoconstriction – a narrowing of the arteries and blood vessels. The process leads to a reduction in the flow of blood to tired or damaged tissues, effectively shutting down the inflammation process and the development of swelling or bruising around an injury.
As a result of this process, blood is retained in the body’s core and is flushed through the natural cycle and becomes enriched with oxygen, enzymes and nutrients as well as receiving an influx of hormones via the body’s endocrine system. At the end of the treatment, the normal body temperature will gradually be restored and as a result, normal blood flow is enhanced with the now enriched blood cells flooding the previously tired limbs.
The science of exposing the body to sub-zero temperatures, up to -140°C, to stimulate multiple health benefits.
The health benefits of cryotherapy
- Activates the immune system
- Stimulates blood circulation
- allows for faster detoxification and regeneration of damaged tissue to take place
- Fights depression through endorphins and serotonin being released
- Reduces pain and itching
- Reduces spasms
- Speeds up the healing process after surgery or injury
- Kills viruses in the blood by a temporary rise in temperature during treatment
Cryotherapy for psoriasis
In case of psoriasis, the cold stimulus accelerates the production of healthy skin cells and reduces the growth of psoriasis. It appears that regular sessions greatly reduce the outbreak of psoriasis, because the immune system is put on edge. Itching and skin irritation is considerably reduced. Cryotherapy also helps treat psoriasis in the face and neck: where creams cannot be used, Whole Body Cryo can. Moreover, cryotherapy has no side effects compared to the regular psoriasis treatment method.
Cryotherapy for chronic pains Muscle and joint pains are common. Sometimes they go away quite quickly; at other times they are persistent and become chronic. You can suffer from these pains all over your body: persistent pain from a whiplash injury and lower back pain as well as osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, rheumatism and chronic headaches. Often nothing can be done through regular medicinal practices, despite experimenting with different theories. In many of these cases, cryotherapy can make a difference.
Cryotherapy for fibromyalgia As with rheumatism, effective medication for fibromyalgia does not yet exist; even though symptoms of the disease, such as pain and lethargy, can be reduced. It is also possible to reduce swelling and inflammation. Cryotherapy cannot cure fibromyalgia either, but it does help to strengthen the overall immune system. Cryo treatment reduces pain and stiffness of the body, acts as an anti-inflammatory and improves the state of mind by releasing endorphins and serotonin.
Cryotherapy in combination with physiotherapy After a Whole Body Cryo session your aches and pains will be reduced. As a result, a physiotherapist can provide you with better treatment and his or her approach will be more effective. The patient’s pain tolerance will be increased temporarily and the body’s flexibility improved. As a result, it may be that you are able to perform better at certain exercises.
- The body recovers faster after training. You can, therefore, move onto the next workout more quickly.
- You will experience less soreness after a heavy, intensive training session; cryotherapy works as a natural painkiller and anti-inflammatory.
- You are able to recover better, so you’re less susceptible to injuries.
- Releases key hormones for training adaptation and repair
- Teams use Cryo to condense training to maximise time due to the fast recovery and muscle repair.
- After cryotherapy treatment, the body will be able to function perfectly straight away. Recovery from an ice bath takes 12 – 24 hours.
- Cryotherapy lasts just 3 minutes.
- A session is virtually painless.
Cryotherapy, the latest beauty product; What have famous Hollywood stars such as Jennifer Anniston, Jessica Alba, Anthony Robbins, Daniel Craig (James Bond) and Demi Moore got in common? Answer: their enthusiasm for cryotherapy as a method to promote beauty. Supermodel Gigi Hadid also regularly visits a cryosauna centre to give herself an internal boost and a younger appearance.
The benefits of cryotherapy for beauty
- Reduction of wrinkles through the boosted production of collagen
- Activation of the metabolism through burning extra calories
- Reduction of cellulite, acne and pimples through improved blood circulation and drainage of toxins
- Firmer skin
- Stimulates lymphatic drainage
- Activates blood circulation
- Reduces fatigue
- Improves sleep
- Balances hormone levels
- Stimulates cell renewal
- Natural detox for body and skin
- Closes pores
- Faster recovery after surgery
- Treatment of psoriasis and dermatitis
- Strengthens nails
What is the effect of cryotherapy in a beauty treatment? Cryotherapy supports blood circulation and improves lymphatic drainage. As a result, the body detoxifies itself more easily. The treatment cleanses the skin thoroughly and removes waste substances very effectively. This way the skin appears younger.
The metabolism is activated and the burning of calories begins: up to 800 Kcal during the 3-minute session!
The cold stimulus promotes the breakdown of collagen, to which the body responds by creating new collagen, which in turn increases the elasticity of the skin. Wrinkles are lessened, pores shrink, and the skin feels soft. The nails also become stronger.
The thyroid gland reacts positively to the cold stimulus. After 10 days of cryotherapy, cold showers or swimming in ice water, the body develops an insulation layer. The thyroid gland produces additional thyroxin, which mobilises fatty acids, causing you to lose weight.
The cold also has a direct effect on the fatty tissue in our bodies. There are two types of fat: white fat cells that can be found mainly around the belly, butt and thighs, and brown fat cells that are responsible for the heating of our system. During a WBC session, the white fat cells are burnt as additional fuel for the heating of the body. In addition, the brown fat cells are stimulated to heat the body, without you having to exercise. This helps you to lose weight.
The cold can also contribute to slowing the ageing process and to reducing the chance of developing diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular diseases. The process also helps some women to fight cellulite.
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