If you follow what’s happening around you, chances are you may have heard of celebrities and professional athletes who’ve embraced cryotherapy. They include LeBron James, Jennifer Aniston, and Justin Timberlake.
Being inside a cold tank (cryo-chamber) can seem an unconventional path to health. However, cryotherapy is becoming increasingly popular. There are many benefits of cryotherapy.
What Is Cryotherapy?
Answering ‘what is cryotherapy?’ is essential before examining its benefits.
Cryotherapy, or cryoablation, is a treatment protocol where a healthcare professional applies extreme cold from argon gas or liquid nitrogen to freeze and destroy damaged or abnormal tissue.
Cryotherapy sessions last 10–15 minutes, and a specialist conducts and guides you through the process. You can wear slippers, underwear, gloves, a sports bra, and socks inside the cryo-chamber. You expose the other areas of your body to enjoy cryotherapy’s benefits.
The specialist checks your blood pressure and takes you through other questions or examinations to ensure cryotherapy is safe.
Cryotherapy recovery is straightforward for most people. Get professional help if you notice signs of an infection, such as unexplained fever, redness, or pus.
Benefits of Cryotherapy
Cryotherapy benefits include:
- Muscle healing and pain relief: Cryotherapy can relieve muscle pain and alleviate other muscle and joint disorders, such as arthritis. Cryoablation can also promote the quick healing of athletic injuries. The cold surrounding stimulates blood circulation, promoting pain relief and recovery.
- Reduce inflammation: Your body can fight infection through inflammation. The immune system can overreact, resulting in chronic inflammation linked to health issues like diabetes, cancer, dementia, arthritis, and depression. Cryotherapy can reduce your body’s inflammation, improving your health and chances of not having these chronic illnesses.
- Treating migraine headaches: Targeted cryoablation that prioritizes your neck can prevent migraine headaches. You’ll feel better once the treatment reduces the severity of your migraine headache.