More and more people are turning to cryotherapy as a way to reverse skin aging, speed post-workout recovery and prevent chronic diseases. Here are ten fascinating things you probably didn’t know about cryotherapy and its benefits.
1. Cryotherapy recovery technology can help speed muscle healing. While whole-body cryotherapy has not yet been approved by the FDA, many athletes have touted the efficacy of cryotherapy recovery technology in reducing delayed-onset muscle soreness (DOMS).
2. Cryotherapy technology originated in Japan in 1978. Japanese rheumatologist Toshima Yamaguchi is credited with developing whole-body cryotherapy, which was originally intended to treat conditions related to the joints and muscles – particularly those associated with rheumatic diseases like arthritis, ankylosis spondylitis and fibromyalgia.
3. Many celebrities credit their appearance to cryotherapy. Jessica Alba, Kate Moss, Jennifer Aniston and Lebrun James are just a few of the well-known names who use cryotherapy to stay in shape.
4. Cryotherapy can improve the condition and texture of skin. Cryotherapy is increasingly used as an anti-aging and skin rejuvenation treatment. Studies show that just a few cryotherapy sessions can result in a significant boost in collagen production, which can lead to an overall improvement in the condition of the skin.
5. Cryotherapy can help improve blood circulation. Not only is proper blood flow essential to delivering oxygen and nutrients to the body’s tissues and organs, but it also leads to the release of mood-boosting endorphins. Many cryotherapy users report feelings of euphoria and well-being after a cryotherapy session.
6. Cryotherapy can boost your metabolism. The cold temperature of a cryotherapy chamber causes the body to burn stores of fat in order to keep you warm. A cryotherapy chamber session of just 3 minutes can boost your metabolism and burn 500 to 800 calories.
7. There are two types of cryotherapy treatments available. Cryotherapy chambers can accommodate up to 3 people per session and are popular with couples and athletes. Cryotherapy saunas are single-person tanks that cover the entire body except for the head and neck.
8. Whole-body cryotherapy has been shown to reduce inflammation. A 2011 PLOS One study found cryotherapy to be effective in increasing the of anti-inflammatory cytokine activity in the body, thereby reducing inflammation in the body.
9. Cryotherapy can be used to treat migraine headaches. A 2013 study found cryotherapy to be effective in reducing the occurrence of migraine headaches.
10. Cryotherapy may help prevent the onset of dementia. Research findings suggest that in reducing inflammation, cryotherapy may also be effective in treating mental health conditions associated with inflammation – including dementia.