Tired of Chronic Pain and Inflammation?
Chronic pain and inflammation can severely affect your quality of life. The crippling pain will keep you from enjoying the hobbies you love and make getting through day-to-day activities nearly impossible.
So, what if there were a way you could get your life back without an increase in medications or more frequent doctor’s visits?
Cryotherapy may be your answer.
What is cryotherapy?
Cryotherapy is the use of extreme cold on the skin for a couple of minutes to heal the body. Cryotherapy comes in many forms, whether that be entering a whole-body chamber or localizing the cold treatment on a certain part of your body. The practice has been around since about 2500 BC but has been revolutionized with the introduction of whole-body cryotherapy in the late ‘70s in Japan.
Whole-body cryotherapy involves entering a chamber of cold, dry air for 2 to 4 minutes.
How does cryotherapy help?
Health professionals have begun using WBC to relieve pain and inflammation from conditions such as arthritis, fibromyalgia, ankylosing spondylitis, and injuries, according to Forbes.
Cryotherapy stimulates the nerves on your skin through extreme cold, triggering your central nervous system and, in turn, enhancing your circulation.
Increased circulation allows your blood to move in and out of inflamed areas faster, accelerating the healing of injured areas.
Breaking it down further, multiple areas of your body react after entering the chamber.
- The hypothalamus releases endorphins and norepinephrine, which serve to block pain signals, boost your mood and energy, and work as an anti-inflammatory.
- Blood travels from the extremities to your vital organs.
- As your skin rewarms, the blood, high in oxygen, nutrients, and chemicals, returns to sites of injury and inflammation for repair.
Many users have reported an improved range of motion, reduced pain and inflammation, enhanced mood, more energy, rejuvenated skin, and enhanced sleep after completing sessions.
Is there empirical evidence?
Fortunately, there is evidence to back up the health benefits of cryotherapy.
A study published on PubMed Central found that trained runners showed fewer blood markers of inflammation after entering the cryotherapy chamber. The study followed a group of trained runners and put them through a 48-minute trail run on a treadmill. The workout was specifically designed to elicit muscle soreness and damage.
After the workout, half of the runners underwent whole-body cryotherapy once a day for five days. The rest sat still for 30 minutes a day after their workout for those five days. Blood was drawn regularly throughout the experiment from both groups.
From the first day onward, the runners who entered the chamber showed fewer blood markers of inflammation than the group who sat still.
If there was a way to relieve some of your chronic pain and reduce your inflammation in just 2 to 4 minutes a session would you do it? Cryotherapy might just be the answer you have been searching for.