Cryotherapy – the power of ice and coldness that enhances the healing powers of the body and beauty of the face.
Our body undergoes so much of abuse every day and if it would not have been for our body’s self-healing powers, it would have been difficult for us to even get out of bed every day. Even when we get injured playing any sport or in accidents, the medicines only help speed up our body’s own healing system.
But what if there was some kind of system or method by which this healing process could be accelerated without having to take all the drugs and injections. Here’s when the technique of cryotherapy comes in handy. As the name goes, it involves very cold ice and sitting or standing on that low temperature for 2-4 minutes.
But the benefits and cures provided by this therapy outweigh any kind of negative effects drugs that have on us. Read on further to know more about the new technique of healing- cryotherapy.
1 What is cryotherapy?
Cryotherapy is a pain treatment which uses a localized method of using freezing temperatures to deaden an erratic nerve and reduce pain. It also increases the effects of medicinal products that are used for different kinds of swelling and inflammations.
Cryotherapy also promotes healing and many provide many other therapeutic effects, as this method works well on swelling and injuries of joints, muscles and tissues. It also improves the circulation of blood in the body, which has great health benefits.
It can even improve and fasten the process of healing in many kinds of injuries and accidents especially in injuries related to joints, muscles and tissues.
2 How does cryotherapy work?
Cryotherapy usually works by lowering the skin temperature of the body in rapid time and for only a short period of time. You get to wear a protective bathing suit, socks, gloves, and mouth and ear gears to guard against frostbite. Then the procedure starts and a fine mist of nontoxic nitrogen is sprayed over the body. The recipients can also use the cryo chamber recovery, which are a size of huge barrel and receive the treatment standing up.
This brief reduction of body temperature causes a sudden release of adrenaline. This burst of adrenaline gives a tremendous boost to the immune system of the body and this effect lasts for up to days after the cryotherapy treatment. It also starts short term releases of endorphins, which are natural pain killers of our body.
This changed physiology results in accelerated healing of injuries and pain and also well-being of the body’s organs, cells and system.
3 Cryotherapy for a youthful skin!
Cryofacial is an anti-ageing facial, which uses pressurized liquid nitrogen vapors, which are applied to the face and neck to initiate the production of collagen and decrease pore size. This facial is mostly given after the body cryotherapy treatment. The skin becomes tighter, even-toned, and blood circulation is improved. And over a period of time, skin becomes more elastic due to the increase in collagen. The secret to Demi Moore’s youthful look, even at this age, apart from her genes, is this treatment as she has been seen visiting clinics that provide this treatment.
4 Costs and Uses of cryotherapy
Most uses of cryotherapy are in treating sports injuries. But it can also be used to treat conditions such as nerve growths and pinched nerves or nerve entrapments.
Cryotherapy has most application in healing a sport injury and also rejuvenating an athlete’s body after a game. Things like ice packs, ice towels, and ice baths have become acceptable treatment methods amongst sports teams. Ice has been used to treat acute or chronic pain, acute injury or swelling and even postsurgical swelling or pain in many cases.
Cryotherapy sessions cost as much as a massage therapy session and go for around $50-$100 per session. You can see benefits in 1-2 sessions, but people mostly sign up for 10 sessions and can be administered as and when the patient chooses. Multiple sessions can be done in a single day without causing any harm.
5 Benefits of cryotherapy
There are many benefits of cryotherapy. It improves blood circulation in the body, improves metabolism of food in the digestive system, and detoxifies the skin, liver and lymph systems.
Cryotherapy also accelerates the rate of healing muscles injuries from sports and quicker recovery from fatigue. This technique has been offered as a part of healing process in many clinic and spa like facilities all around the world and now it has become the latest in-thing in the spa world.
Apart from injuries, this method of healing also gives relief from the pain and inflammation caused arthritis, tendonitis, fibromyalgia and migraines. Lastly we would like to say that cryotherapy is a safe and sound method to promote speed, endurance and strength without undergoing any invasive technique. And obviously, it is a great anti-ageing technique as well, which reduces years from your face. So, basically, it redefines your energy levels, immunity levels, your beauty, and you can be ready to face the challenges of life with renewed vigor and confidence. But be careful to first ask your family physician, whether you should go for it or not. Once, you get a green light from there, you are good to go.