What is Cryotherapy?
Sometimes referred to as cold therapy, cryotherapy is form of physical therapy that uses cold temperatures to manage pain and treat illness.
Cryotherapy can be applied to a specific body part or can be practiced as a whole-body treatment.
How Does Cryotherapy Work?
Cryotherapy uses freezing temperatures to treat various ailments and health conditions.
How it all works depends on the type of cryotherapy you are undergoing.
For example, local cryotherapy can be used on a specific joint that is causing you pain. In this case, local cryotherapy treatment will be applied to that joint only.
Facial cryotherapy targets the face only, and is thought to be very beneficial for the skin. Cryotherapy can increase collagen production, which gives the skin more elasticity and a firmer texture.
Doctors also use local cryotherapy for freezing off warts, and even eradicating cancerous cells in the body.
Whole-body cryotherapy is the more common method, that involves stepping into a cold chamber for a few minutes to initiate the desired response.
Most cryo-chambers are built like a vertically standing tanning bed. You step into the cryo-chamber with your body inside, and your head exposed out the top.
The cryo-chamber uses liquid nitrogen, that gets applied to the body in the form of cold air.
The liquid nitrogen stimulates the release of endorphins, and enhances circulation and oxygenation in the blood.
Is cryotherapy painful or dangerous?
In a word, no. Cryotherapy is not painful or dangerous to you in any way.
However, standing in freezing cold temperatures for two or three minutes can certainly making your brain think there is a problem.
This response is what makes cryotherapy effective. The cold air in the cryochamber does not actually go any deeper than the skin. The thermoreceptors on your skin send messages to your brain to internalize the essential blood and nutrients to the body’s core. This stimulates blood oxygenation and the cleansing of toxins.
Once you step out of the cryochamber, your now oxygen-rich blood begins to flow back out to the extremities providing an energy boost and a reduction in pain and inflammation.
Benefits of Cryotherapy
There are all kinds of benefits associated with cryotherapy. Some of the best advantages are:
- Anti-inflammatory properties
- Boosted immune function
- Nerve treatment
- Pain management
- Good for the skin
A shocking number of ailments and health conditions are caused by inflammation in the body. Inflammation is generally caused by tissue damage, or infections or foreign substances in the body.
Regular cryotherapy sessions are an excellent way to treat chronic inflammation (along with a healthy diet).
Boosted Immune Function
Cryotherapy treatments can improve your body’s ability to heal naturally by enhancing immune function.
This boost makes you less susceptible to disease, and helps you recover more quickly from physical exertion.
Irritated nerves can be a direct cause of pain and inflammation. The cold air in cryochamber serves to numb these irritations. In many cases all it takes is numbing the irritated nerve to set it right, and eliminate the associated pain.
Cryotherapy is an effective method to manage pain caused by a variety of ailments, including arthritis, migraines, cancer, and even dementia.
Good for the Skin
Cryotherapy has been very helpful in treating skin conditions like dermatitis and eczema.
Increased production of collagen leaves the skin looking healthier and fuller.
For people living in Ottawa, and the surrounding area, there is a safe and reliable cryotherapy option at Vivere Wellness Mind and Body Rejuvenation Centre.
Contact Vivere Wellness Centre in Ottawa to book your first cryotherapy session today!