How Cryotherapy Works to Alleviate PainThe use of cold for the benefit of health is found worldwide. Cold treatment can speed recovery by restricting blood flow to an injury, and prevent swelling and potential inflammation.

The extreme cold you’re exposed to in a cryotherapy chamber triggers the skin’s sensors, which activate a response from your Central Nervous System. Your body “thinks” it is freezing and goes into survival mode, delivering blood to the core to protect your vital organs. There, your blood collects oxygen and nutrients, and when you step out of the chamber this oxygen rich blood flows back through the body and your extremities, flushing out toxins and boosting circulation.

Three specific changes in the body cause the pain-relieving effects of cryotherapy. First, the nerve signal transmission is slowed: fewer messages from the body to the brain mean less perception of pain.  Second, nor-epinephrine levels increase after cold immersion as a protective mechanism to reduce pain sensitivity. And lastly, cryotherapy can reduce pain intensity and frequency by reducing inflammation as the reaction to the cold triggers a healing response in the body.

Whole Body Cryotherapy isn’t a fad, or a craze – it’s a scientifically proven process that prepares, heals, and revitalizes the body. In fact, the origins of cryotherapy are based in a clinical medical setting – originally, patients with conditions such as multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis used this process to help diminish pain and improve overall quality of life. “Arthritic joints, frozen shoulders, muscle injuries and other types of painful conditions have all been found to benefit from cryotherapy. People with these conditions experience less pain and are able to return to normal activities sooner.”1 This is truly rejuvenation happening at the body’s cellular level. What are you waiting for? It’s time to alleviate your pain and experience all of the positive effects of whole body therapy. Pain management is just one of many benefits. Visit our website to learn more.

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  1. Health Central. Christina Lasich, MD. 2013;Feb;09