Standing in freezing chamber may seem like an unlikely path to health and healing, but the benefits of whole body cryotherapy have become increasingly clear for one very specific reason.
Whether pain, stiffness, and inflammation are keeping you from enjoying life to the fullest, or you’re searching for a better way to enhance athletic recovery, whole body cryotherapy is a natural way to achieve numerous health benefits.
Athletes who use whole body cryotherapy before an important event or work out show faster reaction time and increased endurance levels. Whole body cryotherapy also stimulates adrenal glands to increase adrenaline and energy levels. As a post-workout therapy, cryotherapy is also recommended to reduce recovery time so you get you back to prime athletic capability as soon as possible. In addition, athletes who use cryotherapy post training recover from soreness and stiffness faster than ice or stretching.
The anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties of whole body cryotherapy greatly decrease the pain and stiffness of rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. This is because the body’s response to cryotherapy is to increase endorphins, which inhibit the transmission of pain signals and produce a feeling of euphoria. These endorphins decrease pain sensitivity, providing an effective, completely natural and noninvasive pain therapy. Pain and stiffness are also reduced giving the benefit of better range of motion and movement. Additionally, the constriction of blood vessels during cryotherapy decrease inflammation and the body’s perception of pain.
During cryotherapy, the extreme cold leads to collagen production in deeper layers of the skin. This leads to greater skin elasticity, tighter and firmer skin, and a more youthful appearance. Skin becomes more even toned, and conditions such as cellulite decrease and become smoother. The decreased temperature causes the capillaries of the skin to undergo vasoconstriction (closing of the capillaries to keep the blood near the organs for protection from the cold) followed by a swift vasodilation after the procedure. The release of the blood causes a flushing of toxins from the skin and body. The anti-inflammatory properties of cryotherapy can also be used to treat conditions such as dermatitis and psoriasis, also helping with various levels of acne.
The rapid cold causes the body to turn up its metabolic rate to increase temperature. This effect lasts from 4-6 hours after the procedure causing the body to burn an extra 500-800 calories per session. After several sessions, the metabolism tends to remain higher between sessions.
The extreme temperatures of whole body cryotherapy ignite a “fight or flight” response, which releases endorphins, a natural painkiller, and implementing a sense of euphoria. Whole body cryotherapy has been studied as a way to successfully treat medication-resistant depression and other mood disorders.
Whole body cryotherapy has been shown to increase immunity due to increased hemoglobin levels in the blood and the removal of toxins. It has also has been shown to decrease stress levels and to improve mood disorders. When used with a healthy lifestyle and eating plan, Whole body cryotherapy can decrease instances of colds and other illnesses – even treating headaches and migraines.