The coolest innovative health tool, cryotherapy or “cold therapy,” uses sub-zero temperatures to boost your body’s ability to recover, reduce chronic pain, and even improve skin conditions like eczema. It’s a popular choice for professional athletes and anyone who wants to reduce inflammation and improve wellbeing.
You’re probably familiar with the concept of applying an ice pack to a sprained ankle. This application of cold helps prevent swelling and decrease pain by constricting blood vessels and decreasing circulation. This cold shock can help reduce “secondary injury” which occurs when blood pools in the injured tissue.
Full-body cryotherapy takes the benefits of an ice pack further and offers additional benefits including an increase in endorphins and metabolism. The benefits of cold therapy have been documented since the time of Ancient Egypt and medical professionals have continued to use and improve on this practice.
Regenics full-body cryotherapy involves a short (up to three-minute) session in a cold chamber from -130F to -185F. Unlike an ice bath, cryotherapy chambers are designed to keep you comfortable. Technicians are able to more accurately control the temperature and duration of your session while minimizing any discomfort you may experience,
Once your body returns to a normal temperature, you’ll experience an immediate increase in circulation and benefits that can last for weeks.
Who Can Benefit from Cryotherapy?
Many people can benefit from cryotherapy and, unlike other interventions, you don’t need multiple sessions to start feeling noticeably better.
Benefits of Cryotherapy
Treat skin conditions
Topical cryotherapy has been used to remove warts and treat chronic skin conditions like atopic dermatitis and eczema. Cryotherapy reduces inflammation associated with skin irritation and boosts blood circulation. It may also help reduce sebum (oil) production that leads to acne.
After your cryotherapy session, your body will increase blood circulation and the production of norepinephrine. Studies show that repeated cold therapy can increase norepinephrine in just a few weeks. This hormone is responsible for breaking down fat and protein, effectively boosting your metabolism. In addition to the post-session metabolism boost, a three-minute session of cryotherapy can burn around 600 calories.
Not only will you experience a rush of endorphins immediately after your cryotherapy session, but the brain-boosting benefits are long-lasting. Studies suggest the anti-oxidative and anti-inflammatory benefits of cryotherapy could help counteract the stress responses that occur with dementia-related diseases like Alzheimer’s.
Endorphines are also responsible for regulating your mood, hunger cues, and circadian rhythm (sleep cycle). Cryotherapy may be able to help combat insomnia and help restore your body’s natural hunger and rest cues.
Decrease chronic pain
Studies have shown that cold therapy can reduce the pain associated with arthritis and other nerve conditions. The endorphins you’ll produce during and after the session helps your body respond to and manage pain from a variety of injuries and causes.
After a cryotherapy session, your body will increase blood production and boost circulation which helps deliver nutrient and oxygen-rich blood to your muscles and organs. You may experience an increased sense of wellbeing as well as a positive mood similar to a runner’s high.