Many people are unaware of what to expect when they step into a cryotherapy chamber. If you’re considering adding the therapy to your wellness routine, this article will give you an idea of what it’s like and how it can help your body.
There are many benefits to cold therapy, as many who have experienced it say that it helps to improve both physical and mental health.
There is also evidence suggesting that cold therapy may be beneficial for treating conditions such as depression and anxiety.
What Is Cryotherapy?
When a person undergoes cold therapy, they are exposed to extremely cold temperatures for a short amount of time.
The temperature is so low that it can cause some people’s skin to go numb and give them goosebumps. It is still a relatively new therapy, and researchers are still exploring how it can be helpful for people.
The temperature inside of the cold therapy chamber is not much lower than that outside, and in a few minutes, you’ll start to warm up again.
Levels of Cold Therapy
There are four different levels of cryo chambers: -40°C, -110°F; -150°F; and absolute zero (-273°C / 0 degrees Kelvin). The first level is great for treating sore muscles after exercise or intense physical activity like running or aerobics.
Level one will have feelings of being tired hit you immediately after leaving the chamber.
Level two is best for headaches and other chronic pain.
Level three can help with sleep disorders, depression, anxiety, and PTSD patients by increasing the levels of endorphins in their bodies to relieve them from these symptoms.
Absolute zero helps those dealing with osteoarthritis (which causes severe joint pain) or rheumatoid arthritis because it targets inflammation inside joints. This level also has healing effects on skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis as it assists in removing toxins that cause these issues.
As a bonus: if you’re feeling stressed out before your workout session, this will calm down your nervous system so that you feel more relaxed during exercise–even at higher intensities.
It’s also been said that this treatment can help with weight loss. How? Well, the cold temperature reduces blood flow to your body and slows down the production of ghrelin (a hormone that signals hunger). This will make you feel more full after a meal and thus less likely to snack on unhealthy items between meals. Finally, because of how it feels very refreshing for up to an hour following cold therapy, we recommend it as a way to wake up in the morning!
How Safe Is It and Treatment Expectations
If you’re looking into cold therapy and have any kind of heart condition, it is not recommended to try this treatment out. If there are issues with your blood circulation, then the cold temperatures could make those issues worse!
Also, suppose you have a history of frostbite or other nerve damage in your hands or feet. In that case, caution should be used before trying this therapy because it can cause the tissue that’s already dead to die off, which will require surgical amputation.
It’s important to note that some people might experience short-term side effects such as headaches or muscle soreness due to the intense exposure to cold during treatments. Still, these symptoms generally go away after about one day between treatments.
Orthopedic foot and ankle surgeon Dr. John Tiberi suggests that if you have diabetes, the risk for complications increases because of a possible increase in blood sugar levels after treatment.
He also says that it’s still unclear how long treatments should last or how often they should be done – which will need to be researched further with more patients before being set as standard practice!
But generally speaking, when used properly by those who do not have any specific health risks, this therapy can help reduce pain, inflammation, and stiffness in joints due to arthritis while promoting an overall sense of well-being.
The most common side effect is feeling cold. Treatment expectations are two to three sessions per week for four weeks, with a break of one day between each treatment. After this, you should see an improvement and maintain your weight loss on your own or by continuing at the end of the four weeks with maintenance treatments every other week as needed.
How Long Does It Take?
It takes anywhere from ten minutes up to five hours, depending on what kind of cold therapy service you’re looking into! A typical session lasts about three minutes, and then your body will begin to re-warm itself at its own pace.
Many experts suggest waiting one hour before jumping into another cold therapy session – so make sure to plan!
Cold Therapy Benefits
Cold therapy has many benefits, such as reduced inflammation, muscle fatigue relief, improved sleep, and increased circulation. It’s also believed that this treatment may help with conditions like depression because it reduces cortisol levels which causes stress hormones in our bodies.
Benefits of it include healing of muscle pain and soreness. It can also help with arthritis and joint pain. If you are looking for weight loss benefits, cryotherapy holds hold the key. Some researchers believe that the therapy can help to increase metabolism.
It can also help to reduce inflammation, improve skin conditions like eczema, and treat migraine headaches.
The therapy can also help to alleviate symptoms of anxiety and depression, improving mental health.
It is an unconventional therapy that has been around in one form or another for centuries. Most people are familiar with the idea of using ice packs to treat injuries, but what about the extreme cold as a way to promote health and wellness? This therapy can be refreshing on a hot day, but how does it work when you’re looking for weight loss benefits? There’s more than meets the eye!
Brighter Performance Recovery has two locations that offer Cryotherapy, Compression Therapy, Infrared Sauna Therapy, Oxygen Therapy and Marc Pro Therapy. Book A Session Today: Rochester Hills: 248.564.2847 ~ Clinton Twp: 586.329.4490 brighterperformance.com