The benefits of cryotherapy are commonly disputed. Some say it’s a hype that will go away, some think it’s a health therapy that’s here to stay. Here, we look at what we think are the top 5 benefits of this relatively new therapy.
What is Cryotherapy?
Cryotherapy is the process of using cold temperatures to gain health benefits. Cryotherapy has technically been used in different ways since the 1700s to decrease pain and muscle spasms, improve recovery, slow down cell ageing and improve health, but it’s only recently, that is has started to pick up in popularity.
Whilst footballers and other athletes have been using cryotherapy to treat individual muscle injuries for decades, specialised chambers using liquid nitrogen which allows for Whole Body Cryotherapy is a relatively recent development and is the form most often referred to in modern references to Cryotherapy.
So what are the benefits of Cryotherapy?
1- Cryotherapy is extremely good for easing pain caused by chronic medical conditions. European medical studies have shown one of the benefits of cryotherapy and, in particular, WBC, can help alleviate the symptoms of a number of chronic conditions, including:
– Rheumatoid arthritis
– Multiple sclerosis
– Autoimmune disorders
– Ankylosing spondylitis
2- One of the benefits of Cryotherapy is the positive effect it can have on your mental well-being. Certain European studies have found that the low temperatures involved in cryotherapy are beneficial of mood disorders, anxiety and depression.
3- One of the most common benefits of cryotherapy is its effect on inflammation. It is well known that ice, when applied to a specific area of the body, reduces inflammation, such as when you have a bruise. However, because of its reach to the entire body, WBC reduces inflammation all over the body, allowing multiple areas to heal at once.
4- A great thing about the benefits of cryotherapy is its ability to boost your levels of collagen. By increasing the level of collagen in your skin, cryotherapy can decrease the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. Regular cryotherapy can rejuvenate the collagen matrix inside our bodies, improving skin’s elasticity and reducing the appearance of cellulite and fatty deposits at the skin’s surface.
5- A lesser known benefit of cryotherapy is its ability to boost the metabolism. After a cryotherapy session, it takes a lot of energy to reheat the body. This means that a three-minute treatment could burn approximately 500 to 800 calories as it attempts to heat the body back to its regular temperature.
If you’re interested in learning more about the benefits of cryotherapy or think it may help with a health concern of yours get in touch. With Helicopteros Sanitarios you could have access to top quality cryotherapy facilities and discuss exactly what the benefits of cryotherapy could be for you.