Cryotherapy: How Cold Exposure Can Help Heal & Strengthen Your Body

Your daily agenda is always full, so naturally, your main focus is getting those tasks checked off from one day to the next. But how can you do that when you’re feeling under the weather?

You can’t. And that’s why it’s paramount that you take the necessary steps to prevent getting sick in the first place. Fortunately, this is where cryotherapy can help.

The question is, what exactly is cryotherapy, and how can it help to heal and strengthen your body?

Here’s a rundown on the benefits of undergoing cryotherapy this year.

Let’s jump in!

What Exactly is Cryotherapy?

Cryotherapy is a type of therapy that involves using cold exposure to reduce the pain associated with many medical ailments. One type of cryotherapy, whole-body cryotherapy, is typically delivered through exposure to cold air or a bath of cold water. 

However, recently, many individuals have taken advantage of another form of whole-body cryotherapy. Our form of cryotherapy involves exposing your skin to refrigerated cooled air. This safe, reliable method is an improvement on previous methods, which used nitrogen infused air. You receive this cold exposure to your body (everything except for your neck and face) while standing in a chamber for a couple of minutes.

At the same time, local cryotherapy is also available. This service involves using a smaller machine to treat specific locations.

Cryotherapy has numerous benefits, such as rejuvenating body, skin and mind, enhancing circulatory and lymphatic function, and helping to restore a full range of joint motion.Cryotherapy can also increase your body’s norepinephrine levels. This hormone is important in that it mobilizes your body and brain for action.

Brain Benefits

Cold exposure increases the expression of lipid metabolism genes as well as cold shock proteins. This is one of the biggest benefits of undergoing cryotherapy.

The cold shock protein known as RBM3 is particularly important to boost because it protects your neuron connections. This, in turn, protects your brain against dysfunction and damage long term and short term.

Anti-Inflammatory Benefits

Another reason to try cryotherapy? It is shown to decrease inflammation through suppressing parts of your immune system.

At the same time, cold exposure can actually boost the generation of other important immune cells. These cells include natural killer cells — pathogen-destroying cells that help your body to fight bacteria and viruses. Natural killer cells also play an important role in destroying cancer cells.

Antioxidant Benefits

The cold exposure associated with cryotherapy can also increase your body’s antioxidant activity, and protects you from oxidative damage.

This is important because oxidative damage is a major contributing factor to the development of chronic diseases.

The increased antioxidant activity that cryotherapy brings can protect your tissues, cells, circulating lipids, and cell membranes from this oxidative damage. This is the same benefit associated with consuming a nutrient-dense and whole-food diet, which is high in antioxidants. 

Pain Relief Benefits

As we mentioned earlier, cryotherapy increases the norepinephrine in your body. This is certainly helpful for your cognitive and neurological function. However, it also appears to reduce inflammation in your body by decreasing your tumor necrosis factor alpha levels.

The reality is, inflammation worsens chronic pain and illness. Therefore, reducing it naturally promotes healing. In fact, research shows that whole-body cryotherapy can decrease pain associated with arthritis.

Fat Burning Benefits

Norepinephrine and cold exposure are also linked to a greater production of what’s known as brown fat. This type of fat in human beings features a large mitochondria number.

Mitochondria are what produce energy in your cells. When you have a lot of them, this allows you to generate more energy. However, it also allows you to utilize more energy, thus speeding up your metabolism.

This increased metabolism can help you to more quickly burn fat and thus become slimmer and feel healthier. 

During a cryotherapy session, your service provider can use a machine that quickly alternates between skin cooling and warming periods, thus causing thermal shock.

First, they’ll apply heat to your treatment area for two minutes. This heat will make your fat cells in this area rise to your skin’s surface. Then, the machine will target these cells during 12 minutes of cold treatment.

Facial Benefits

A localized cryotherapy session can also make your face look and feel healthier. 

The cold exposure you receive causes your face’s blood vessels to widen, which increases your blood flow. The extra flow leads to increased collagen production. And this decreases the appearance of unsightly wrinkles.

Cryotherapy also decreases your pore size, in addition to improving your skin’s elasticity.

Toning Benefits

Advancements such as Cryoskin and CryoToning are new developments in the field of cryotherapy technology with slimming, toning and aesthetic applications. 

The cold temperatures associated with cryotherapy cause vasodilation, which helps to widen the blood vessels. This boosts collagen production, reduces the appearance of wrinkles and pores, and improves skin’s elasticity.

Increased collagen production can break down cellulite as well. However, it is important to engage in an exercise regimen and adopt a healthy diet, otherwise that unwanted cellulite might return after your treatment. 

How We Can Help You with Cryotherapy

We offer top-of-the-line cryotherapy services, including whole-body cryotherapy and localized cryotherapy.

Through our cryotherapy services, we have helped a number of clients to improve their immune systems. Likewise, we can use cryotherapy to better your health and prevent you from becoming ill during peak illness times.

Get in touch with us today to learn more about our cryotherapy options, and get on the path to being healthier and feeling better today.

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