One of the latest trends in fitness is called cryotherapy and it is a very effective technique in which the body is exposed to extremely cold temperatures for several minutes. Cryotherapy can be either localized, meaning delivered to just one area of your body, or it can be delivered as whole body cryotherapy (WBC) in which the entire body is immersed in cold air. Localised cryotherapy is typically administered via ice packs, coolant sprays, ice baths or ice massages.
The Health Benefits Of Cryotherapy
The procedure for whole body cryotherapy is the most common choice of athletes and it involves surrounding the body with extremely cold air while standing in an enclosed chamber. The individual will stand in an enclosed chamber or a small enclosure that surrounds their body but has an opening for their head at the top. The enclosure will drop to almost negative 110°C or colder. The cryotherapy treatment procedure usually take between 2 and 4 minutes and offers a wide range of health benefits.
Some of the benefits of cryotherapy can include:
Reduce arthritic pain- both localized cryotherapy treatment and whole-body cryotherapy can reduce arthritis pain in adults and children and is more effective than many prescription pain relievers.
Relieve nerve irritation- numbness and nerve pain can be relieved through cryotherapy. Usually, a probe is inserted into the nearby tissue and the treatment has shown effectiveness in treating pinched nerves, chronic pain and minor injuries.
Reduces migraine symptoms- migraine sufferers can get relief from their migraine symptoms by using cryotherapy. Typically, an ice pack or specially designed neck wrap is used to cool the blood passing through intracranial vessels.
Treat certain cancerous tumors- certain forms of cancer can be treated with a form of cryotherapy known as cryosurgery. This is where cancer cells are frozen with ice crystals.
Treatment of atopic dermatitis and other skin conditions- those suffering from dry and itchy skin caused by atopic dermatitis can get relief from cryotherapy treatment. Cryotherapy can reduce the inflammation and provide instant relief.
Treats mood disorders- those suffering from anxiety and depression have shown improvement when exposed to whole-body cryotherapy as a result of the physiological hormonal responses.
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