When you think of weight loss and body shaping treatments, you probably first think of body wrapping, exercising in a thermal capsule or lymphatic drainage. Most such treatments usually involve heat and high temperatures that affect the body in the desired way. Would you ever think that by exposing your body to extremely low temperatures you can achieve the same effect, speed up your metabolism, stimulate muscle renewal and reduce pain to be the best version of yourself? Cryotherapy treatment can help you with that.
Cryotherapy, which literally means “cold therapy”, is a technique in which the body is exposed to extremely low temperatures for a few minutes. Cryotherapy treatment can be done on only one area of the body or you can opt for whole body cryotherapy in a cryosauna. Localized cryotherapy can be applied in a number of ways, including ice boxes, ice massage, coolant sprays, ice baths, and even probes.
WHAT EXACTLY IS A CRYOSAUNA?
The whole body cryotherapy procedure is performed in a cryosauna. This treatment involves immersing the body in extremely cold air for a few minutes. The individual stands in a closed chamber that surrounds his body and has a head opening at the top. The cryosauna is cooled with liquid nitrogen to expose the body to low temperatures. The temperature of the sauna drops to -110 to -180 degrees Celsius. In order to enjoy the benefits of a cryosauna, it is necessary to stay at that temperature between two and four minutes. You can benefit from just one treatment in a cryosauna, but it is most effective if used regularly. Some athletes use a cryosauna twice a day. However, for non-athletes, it is sufficient to undergo treatment daily for a period of 10 days and then once a month.
WEIGHT LOSS AND REJUVENATION
Cryosauna will support and further stimulate the weight loss process. The cold forces the body to work to retain heat. Therefore, just a few minutes in a cryosauna can increase your metabolic rate. Because cryotherapy helps with muscle aches, it could also make it easier to return to your fitness routine after an injury. Cryosauna also helps in the fight against cellulite and has a rejuvenating effect.
REDUCES INFLAMMATION IN THE BODY
Inflammation is one of the ways the immune system fights infection. However, sometimes the immune system becomes overly reactive. The result is chronic inflammation that is linked to health problems such as diabetes, depression, dementia and arthritis. Reducing inflammation can improve overall health and reduce the risk of a number of chronic diseases, and some research suggests that cryotherapy can reduce inflammation in the body.
REDUCES MIGRAINE SYMPTOMS
Cryotherapy can help treat migraines by cooling and tightening the nerves in the neck area. One study found that applying two ice packs to the carotid arteries in the neck significantly reduced migraine pain in subjects. This is thought to work by cooling the blood that passes through the veins. The carotid arteries are close to the surface of the skin, so they are easily accessible.
SOOTHES IRRITATED NERVES
Many athletes have been using cryotherapy for years to treat sports injuries, and one of the reasons is that it can eliminate pain. Cold actually “kills” an irritated nerve, so a cryosauna can help treat pinched nerves or neuromas, chronic pain, or even acute injuries.
HELPS IN THE TREATMENT OF MOOD DISORDERS
Extremely low temperatures in the cryosauna can cause hormonal reactions. This includes the release of adrenaline and endorphins, which can have a positive effect on those suffering from mood disorders such as anxiety and depression. One study found that whole-body cryotherapy was effective in the short-term treatment of both of these disorders.
CRYOSAUNA ALSO REDUCES ARTHRITIC PAIN
Localized treatment with cryotherapy is not the only thing that is effective in treating serious conditions. One study found that full-body cryotherapy in a cryosauna significantly reduced pain in people suffering from arthritis. The cryosauna also enabled more aggressive physiotherapy and occupational therapy after treatment. This ultimately makes rehabilitation programs much more effective.