Cryotherapy: An Effective Solution for Comprehensive Pain Management

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Approximately 50 million adults suffer from chronic pain. That’s one in five adults in the United States. Suffering in pain on a constant basis, with little relief.

If you’re one of those who suffer from chronic pain, you know how frustrating and debilitating it is. You wake up with it, suffer from it all day, and go to bed with it. It’s your unwanted constant companion.

Cryotherapy is one of the most modern, comprehensive pain management tools available today. You no longer need to pop a pill for your pain and worry about long-term side effects. A few minutes in a cryotherapy chamber can alleviate all kinds of pain.

Keep reading to learn about why cryotherapy should be a regular part of your health and wellness program.

Cryotherapy As Comprehensive Pain Management

Approximately 50 million adults suffer from chronic pain. That’s one in five adults in the United States. Suffering in pain on a constant basis, with little relief. 

If you’re one of those who suffer from chronic pain, you know how frustrating and debilitating it is. You wake up with it, suffer from it all day, and go to bed with it. It’s your unwanted constant companion. 

Cryotherapy is one of the most modern, comprehensive pain management tools available today. You no longer need to pop a pill for your pain and worry about long-term side effects. A few minutes in a cryotherapy chamber can alleviate all kinds of pain. 

Keep reading to learn about why cryotherapy should be a regular part of your health and wellness program. 

CRYOTHERAPY AS COMPREHENSIVE PAIN MANAGEMENT

Cryotherapy has been used for decades to help with pain management. When you sprained your ankle in high school, your coach threw an ice pack at you. This was cryotherapy. Albeit a more rudimentary kind. 

Today’s more advanced cryotherapy is different. It involves a chamber of cold air. Not nitrogen-infused air; just cold, refrigerated air, that you stand in for a few minutes at a time. We’ve seen a reduction in back pain, knee pain, chronic pain, and even areas of pain caused by nerve damage.

Cryotherapy is more than just a pain management system, though. It is a whole-body session that can lead to a healthier life overall. These are just a few of the pain problems cryotherapy can help address. 

ARTHRITIC PAIN

Studies are now showing that whole-body cryotherapy can significantly reduce arthritic and chronic pain. Those involved in one study called cryotherapy an essential part of their rehabilitation program because it helped reduce their pain so much. 

If you struggle to just get out of bed in the morning because of chronic pain, cryotherapy can increase your quality of life. Regular cryotherapy sessions can have you moving with less or no pain quickly. 

MIGRAINES

The basic methods of ice packs have proven to alleviate migraine pain for decades. Localized cryotherapy is showing promise as well in this area. When the occipital nerve area and partial nerve area is treated, clients can experience almost immediate relief. 

ALLERGIES

Localized cryotherapy has shown to decrease inflammation in the sinus cavity, one of the more painful side effects of allergies. So when you’re suffering from chronic sinus headaches because of inflamed sinuses, a cryotherapy session can alleviate your discomfort. 

INFLAMMATION

When your immune system goes into overdrive, your body responds with inflammation. Cryotherapy has proven to reduce inflammation by increasing the amount of norepinephrine in the body. Norepinephrine is responsible for alleviating pain due to inflammation. 

Studies have shown that frequent exposure to cryotherapy can increase the norepinephrine two to three times its normal amount, resulting in less inflammation and less pain. 

MORE THAN JUST PAIN MANAGEMENT

Cold therapy is clearly effective in comprehensive pain management. It also has other positive side effects for your body, making it a part of a healthy lifestyle. 

According to scientist Dr. Rhonda Patrick, cryotherapy causes a hormetic response in your body. It triggers a cellular response in the body that goes above and beyond what you need to prevent the cold from damaging your system. 

So basically, your body goes into overdrive when you’re exposed to extremely cold temperatures for a period of time. Several parts of your body are positively affected by this cell overdrive. 

YOUR MIND IS SHARPER

Norepinephrine is the neurotransmitter responsible for vigilance, attention, focus, and positive mood. Studies are showing that cryotherapy increases the hormone levels of this neurotransmitter when you expose your body to extreme cold. So stepping into a sub-zero chamber for three minutes will help you focus better. 

Cryotherapy also affects your brain’s cold shock proteins. These are the proteins that turn on in mammals that go into hibernation every winter.

One of these proteins, RBM3, increases protein production at the end of the dendrites in your brain. The dendrites are the little branches in your brain where synapses form whenever you learn something new. The protein protects your brain from cognitive and behavioral deficits. 

So when you have a cryotherapy session, you’re allowing your brain to temporarily go into a sort of hibernation mode, which protects it from the same deficits that you might see in someone with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. You’re protecting and strengthening your connections in your brain. 

Whole-body cryotherapy is showing promise in the area of anxiety and depression as well. Studies show that whole-body cryotherapy affects the endogenous opioid system and the body’s pain control system. Studies are now showing that whole body cryotherapy could be a novel additional therapy for anxiety disorders

YOU RECOVER FROM INJURIES QUICKLY

Localized cryotherapy in particular will pinpoint the injury and give you a cold treatment that will have you back up on your feet and doing your activities much faster. 

LOCALIZED VS. WHOLE BODY CRYOTHERAPY

Cryotherapy sessions are effective regardless of the method. The Human Optimization Center offers both localized and whole-body cryotherapy. Localized cryotherapy is a method that treats specific areas of the body. 

Do not confuse localized cryotherapy with our popular Cryoskin 2.0 treatment. 

Cryoskin 2.0 is a cosmetic procedure, intended as an alternative to traditional and painful surgical and body sculpting procedures. While Cryoskin 2.0 is a great procedure for body sculpting, it does not fall into the category of localized cryotherapy, which exists to help individuals manage pain.

CRYOTHERAPY FOR A HEALTHIER YOU

Cryotherapy is an excellent comprehensive pain management system and enhancement for whole-body health. You’ll have a sharper mind and a new spring in your step.

Check out our services, and book an appointment now

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