Imagine stepping into a chamber that has been chilled to way below freezing to promote good health and cell development. An increasing number of people are turning to this technique, called cryotherapy, for everything from pain relief to younger-looking skin.
What is Cryotherapy?
Cryotherapy exposes the body to freezing temperatures, usually by sitting in a tank of nitrogen-cooled air for three minutes at a time. Reacting to the cold, your brain stimulates regulatory functions of the body. During treatment, blood rushes to the body’s core to maintain body temperature while toxins are flushed out and your blood is enriched with oxygen, enzymes and nutrients.
In addition to pain management, cryotherapy is also used to treat some cancers (especially prostate cancer), by spas as an anti-aging treatment and by dermatologists to treat abnormal skin cell growth. In fact, there are a myriad of uses for this revolutionary treatment.
Key Advantages of Cryotherapy
The benefits of using cryotherapy are many and extend beyond medical uses. Key among these are:
Cryotherapy is believed to improve circulation and thus leaves your skin with a healthy glow. It also gives you a boost in collagen, which over time reduces wrinkles and improves skin tone.
Reduces chronic pain and fatigue
One of the most prevalent uses of cryotherapy is to help people manage chronic pain without prescription medications and/or surgery. In fact, a 2000 study found that cryotherapy significantly reduced pain from rheumatoid arthritis.
Speeds athletic recovery and muscle repair
Cryotherapy is increasingly popular in sports medicine to help athletes’ muscles and tendons heal from sports injuries. It is also believed to speed the healing process.
The cold chamber used in cryotherapy sends the body into briefly into survival mode, which increases heart rate and metabolism. Patients report a surge of energy upon existing the chamber that lasts for five or six hours.
Improves sleep and elevates mood
Because cryotherapy helps to release positive hormones, such as dopamine, it can improve both your mood and your ability to fall asleep quickly and stay asleep. In addition, if you suffer from chronic pain or sore muscles, cryotherapy’s ability to ease that pain can also lead to a more restful night’s sleep.
This quick and easy treatment can be beneficial for everything from pain management and muscle repair to helping you to look younger longer. Call IV Rejuvenation Station at (806) 282-1437 to schedule your cryotherapy session.