When cryotherapy was first introduced it was only used to treat specific areas such as painful joints. The cold acts as an anti-inflammatory agent hence, relieving pain. Many people are going for whole body cryotherapy sessions.
This form of therapy is not only common among athletes but has also become an effective treatment for different illnesses.
What Whole Body Cryotherapy Entails
Cryo originates from a Greek word cryo which means cold. As such, cryotherapy is a form of treatment that involves the application of cold temperatures to the body. The introduction of whole body cryotherapy involves immersing the entire body in a cold chamber with temperatures as low as -1100 C to -1600 C for two to four minutes. This form of therapy was first used in Japan in the early 70’s where a rheumatologist used it to manage arthritic pain. He realised that the exposure of the skin surface to low temperatures triggered the release of endorphins that reduced pain and inflammation. As a result, cryogenic chambers were constructed in Asia and Europe to provide this form of therapy to patients who had chronic inflammatory diseases. Here are more benefits of this therapy.
- Reduces Inflammation
Once the body enters the cryogenic chambers, it triggers a release of anti-inflammatory proteins, i.e., the cytokines IL-1ra, IL-10 and IL-6. Similarly, the levels of pro-inflammatory proteins reduce. The effects last longer in patients who complete the sessions. The reduction in pro-inflammation proteins coupled with the restricted flow of blood help reduces inflammation that is caused by exercise. Additionally, athletes going through WBC can resume high-intensity workouts that usually require an extended period of recovery.
- Aids in Recovery after Exercise
Recovery is an essential part of any workout regimen. WBC therapy aids in muscle healing and recovery, letting athletes resume exercise within a short period. It achieves this by increasing the levels of oxygenated blood to the aching body parts while reducing the heart rate. The athletes also enjoy better sleep patterns, improved exercise capacity and less fatigue after a WBC with hired cryotherapy chambers from CryoAction.
- Reduces Multiple Sclerosis Symptoms
The disease causes the degeneration of nerve cells of the spine and brain and is characterised by numbness, blurred vision, impaired muscular and speech coordination and severe fatigue. WBC reduces multiple sclerosis symptoms by targeting and strengthening the immune system to enable the body to respond to the disease appropriately. Studies show patients who have gone through this therapy have reported:
- Relief from all the symptoms
- Reduced fatigue
- Reduced spasms
- Reduced pain
- Increased mental and physical activity