Cryotherapy also known as cold therapy is the use of low temperatures in medical therapy. Cryotherapy can be performed on the whole body or in localized areas to treat inflammation and improve blood circulation.
You’re already probably performing cold therapy at home like when you use cold packs to treat sore muscles or apply an ice mask for puffy eyes.
This form of treatment was originally developed in Japan during the late 1970’s for rheumatoid arthritis relief, inflammation and muscle soreness. Today cryotherapy is not only performed at home and in hospitals but also in spas and clinics. It is used for example by athletes to reduce inflammation in their joints and muscles and to relieve soreness. It is also used as an anti-aging process and weight loss tool to improve wellbeing.
Here are other benefits of cryotherapy:
- Sports & Injury Recovery
Many athletes for instance experience numbness or tenderness in different areas of their bodies. This is because cryotherapy works by numbing irritated nerves and muscles. Aside from this, cryotherpahy encourages healing and recovery so that they are ready for the next challenge.
Regular cryotherapy can help reduce pain and inflammation by improving blood flow to affected areas. Cryotherapy sessions are also a good compliment for assisted recovery post-surgery.
- Reduces Arthritic Pain
A study sites that cryotherapy treatment is effective in reducing pain in people suffering from arthritis. Regular sessions allowed for more aggressive physiotherapy in patients which helped rehabilitation process more effective.
- Treats Atopic Dermatitis and Other Skin Conditions
Atopic dermatitis characterized by dry and itchy skin is an inflammatory skin disease. Luckily cryotherapy helps to improve anti-oxidants levels in the blood which helps to reduce inflammation. This means that regular cryotherapy sessions can help treat atopic dermatitis.
Cryotherapy can also be used as an anti-aging treatment. Frotox is a cryotherapy procedure that reduces inflammation (a cause of ageing) and boost collagen production for plumper and firmer looking skin. It also helps to boost circulation for better penetration of your skin care products.
- Helps In Weight Loss
According to theory cold temperatures causes the body to work harder to stay warm. Therefore, cryotherapy can help support the weight loss process.
For example, Cryo Shaping is a non-invasive way of getting rid of fat in resistant areas. Treatment is around 10 minutes and causes fat cells to disintegrate which results in tightening and shrinking of diet-resistant areas. It can be used in the buttocks, thighs, hips and belly.
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