Cryotherapy entails exposing your body to low temperatures for some time. This technique of attaining health may appear to be odd. However, it is fast gaining popularity. Researchers believe low temperatures can improve physical and mental health. The technique may also prolong an individual’s life. Cryotherapy can be localized or for the whole body.
The specialists administer the localized therapy through various ways, including the use of ice baths, coolants sprays, ice massage, ice packs, and administration of probes into the tissues. Myriad health benefits are associated with the immersion of the whole body into a tank of water for an extended period.
It may involve an individual standing in a small enclosure that surrounds the body but opened at the top. The temperature of the closure is expected to drop to between negative 200 to 300°F. You will remain at this low temperature for about two to four minutes.
You may notice health benefits with just a session of cryotherapy. However, for maximum benefits, it is advisable to consider regular sessions. Some athletes attend cryotherapy sessions twice a day. Others have daily sessions for the first ten days. After that, they adopt the monthly sessions.
The health benefits associated with cryotherapy include:
Although cryotherapy by itself cannot lead to weight loss, researchers believe that it supports the process. Your body will have to work harder to remain warm when you are in the cold.
Cryotherapy helps manage muscle pain, making it easier to resume a fitness routine after an injury. Individuals who may not engage in exercises for weight loss because of some chronic pains are the ones who take advantage of cryotherapy to lose weight.
Inflammation is a normal response by the immune system to fight off infection. However, your immune system may overreact, leading to chronic inflammation, autoimmune disorders, and several health conditions such as arthritis, dementia, depression, diabetes, and cancer.
A reduction in inflammation reduces your overall health and minimizes the chances of developing chronic diseases. Studies have revealed that cryotherapy reduces inflammation.
Treating Mood Disorders
The ultra-low temperatures in cryotherapy for the whole body influences the response of physiological hormones. It affects the release of endorphins, noradrenaline, and adrenaline.
It has a positive influence on individuals experiencing mental disorders such as depression and anxiety. A research carried out on entire-body cryotherapy revealed that it is effective in managing both depression and anxiety.
Helps Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia
More studies are still required to prove the effectiveness of whole-body cryotherapy in managing Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. However, theoretical studies seem promising because the above conditions are associated with inflammatory and oxidative stresses.
Fortunately, cryotherapies possess anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects that will combat the causes of Alzheimer’s.
Manage Low-Risk Tumor
Physicians may use localized cryotherapy to manage some benign tumors. The technique freezes cancer cells then surrounds them with crystals of ice. The method is gaining popularity in managing various cancers, including prostate carcinoma.
In managing prostate cancer, the technique is minimally invasive. It is an alternative to the removal of the prostate gland via surgery. A better therapeutic outcome has been realized among men diagnosed with prostate cancer at earlier stages.
It has also proven effective against relapsed prostate cancer. It will freeze tissues in the prostate gland leading to the death of cancerous cells. It may be the only treatment for prostate cancer or adjunct therapy to others, such as radiotherapy. However, it is contraindicated in:
- Men who have large tumors
- Men whose prostate cannot be monitored by use of ultrasound during treatment
- Men who have had surgeries for anal or rectal cancer
- Men with normal sexual function
Treats Skin Conditions
Cryotherapy has been used to manage various skin conditions such as atopic dermatitis, a chronic inflammatory skin disorder. It is characterized by itchy and dry skin. Cryotherapy is effective in this case because of its ability to raise the concentrations of antioxidants in plasma, which then suppresses the inflammatory response.
Both the whole-body and localized cryotherapy are effective in managing atopic dermatitis. In 2008, a study was carried out on patients with eczema. They stopped using the standard eczema medications and opted for cryotherapy.
Most of the participants realized significant improvement in their symptoms, although a small fraction of them reported frostbite on the application site. Studies are also ongoing on the effectiveness of cryotherapy in managing acne.
Reduces Arthritis Pain
Both whole-body and localized cryotherapy are effective in reducing pain in arthritis. This form of treatment is well tolerated in patients with various forms of arthritis. The treatment is also compatible with more aggressive occupational and physio-therapies.
It complimented the functions of rehabilitation programs. A study carried out in 2017 revealed that besides alleviating muscle pain, cryotherapy fastened the rate of healing. Because cryotherapy is still under research, it is advisable to consult your physician to assess whether it is the most suitable for your condition.
Resolves Nerve Irritation
Several athletes have embraced cryotherapy for many years in managing injuries. The use of the technique among athletes lies in its ability to numb the pain.
The cold will numb the irritated nerve. Physicians will manage the affected region by inserting a probe into the adjacent tissue. The technique is effective against neuromas, pinched nerves, acute injuries, and chronic pain.
Manage Migraine Symptoms
Cryotherapy alleviates symptoms of migraine by numbing and cooling nerves within the neck. A study revealed that the application of a neck wrap having two ice packs greatly minimized migraine pain.
It is believed to achieve the effect by cooling the blood in the intracranial vessels. Carotid arteries are near the skin. Hence, they are easily accessible.
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