We are all familiar with the use of cold to ameliorate pain and reduce swelling. In fact, it is so common that the “I” in RICE Therapy stands for “ice,” which is an essential step in the recovery process for many soft tissue injuries and other forms of inflammation. While this therapy commonly uses ice (or a bag of frozen peas), a specialized treatment called cryotherapy was developed to treat these same concerns. In addition to improving the body’s natural ability to eliminate toxins, cryotherapy immediately improves blood circulation and ensures adequate delivery of oxygen and nutrients to bodily tissues.
What is whole body cryotherapy?
Whole Body Cryotherapy, often abbreviated as WBC, is a sophisticated method of cold therapy involving exposure to temperatures between -200°F to -250°F. This modality was first utilized in Japan in 1978 to treat rheumatic diseases, and over the past two decades several studies have been conducted that established cryotherapy as a powerful supplementary treatment for reducing symptoms of pain and inflammation caused by a variety of chronic conditions. Furthermore, cryotherapy significantly improves recovery time for physical exercise, can effectively treat skin conditions, and also aids in weight loss.
What is cryotherapy used to treat?
Cryotherapy has many different uses, and its full range of potential uses is still being discovered. It is commonly used to treat:
– Pain, both acute and chronic
– Tissue recovery, such as from exercise
– Skin conditions, such as:
– Actinic Keratosis
– Solar Lentigo
– Seborrheic Keratosis
– Viral Warts
– Molluscum Contagiosum
Autoimmune disease, including:
– Celiac disease
– Rheumatoid arthritis
What do I wear during a cryotherapy session?
During a cryotherapy session, the entire body is exposed to very cold temperatures. To achieve this, patients often remove their outer clothes and keep on their underwear, as well as put on gloves and socks.
What can I expect from cryotherapy?
Individual results from cryotherapy will vary; relief can be instantaneous, or a few sessions may be needed, depending on the conditions being treated and the severity of the conditions. Those with more inflammation, including those with an autoimmune disease, often benefit from multiple cryotherapy sessions to feel significant results. In general, it provides pain relief, reduces inflammation, and ameliorates skin irregularities.
How will I feel after a whole body cryotherapy session?
When the cryotherapy session is complete, the individual’s skin will return to its normal temperature within minutes. Immediately after, a slight tingling sensation is common, and within minutes, individuals will likely feel relaxed and notice a great reduction in muscular pain. Many patients report feeling invigorated with diminished pain symptoms, which can last for several days or weeks. In addition to this, many people experience better sleep after a cryotherapy session. With additional treatments, the invigorating effects of a session are cumulative and long-lasting; follow-up sessions may be recommended for optimal results. In general, patients feel relaxed, relieved and reinvigorated, which can help to relieve stress and live a more fulfilling life.
What are the benefits of cryotherapy?
There are many benefits of cryotherapy, including:
– Provides weight loss benefits
– Enhances the immune system
– Improves certain autoimmune diseases
– Decreases inflammation
– Reduction/elimination of soreness, aches and pains
– Reduces the amount of time for recovery
– Reduces fatigue and Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness
– Improvement in blood circulation
– Improvement in lymphatic system drainage
– Improvement in strength and joint function
– Improved sleep
At Total Health Elevated, we are dedicated to providing you with all of your cryotherapy needs. Our kind and compassionate professionals are experienced providers of cryotherapy and can help you get the most benefit out of each treatment! Call us today to book an appointment for cryotherapy, or visit our clinic conveniently located at 17022 Devonshire Street, Northridge, CA 91325. We serve patients from Northridge CA, Santa Clarita CA, Kagel Canyon CA, San Fernando CA, Burbank CA, Pico CA, and Stevenson Ranch CA. We look forward to serving you!