Cryotherapy is a type of cold treatment that athletes have been using to speed up the healing and recovery of their bodies. The effects of very low temperatures on the blood vessels and soft tissues cause the person to experience decreased inflammation and relief from pain.
When exposed to extremely cold temperatures, the blood vessels constrict and redirect fluid from the site of pain, combined with reduced inflammation, the body can begin to heal. Cryotherapy can reduce pain associated with many ailments.
If you suffer from pain, cryotherapy as part of a comprehensive treatment plan may help you achieve your treatment goals. Let’s talk more about what you can expect from cryotherapy treatments.
What Happens During Whole-Body Cryotherapy?
Cryotherapy treatments take place in a safe enclosure or a chamber. To achieve extremely cold temperatures, cryotherapy uses liquid nitrogen. With liquid nitrogen, temperatures can get down to subzero temperatures as low as -274º F. Your skin temperature can get as low as 50 to 32 degrees, but your internal body temperature remains constant throughout the session.
A whole-body cryotherapy session lasts only a few minutes. Since cryotherapy treatments are contained in a chamber with no moisture or wind chill, it is more comfortable than submerging yourself in an ice bath. Your head will also remain outside the low-temperature zone, and your extremities will be protected by gloves, socks, and slippers. Women can choose either to remain in their underwear or not. Men should wear cotton underwear.
If it is your first time undergoing whole-body cryotherapy treatment, the staff will walk you through the process. Once you exit the chamber, your body will begin to warm.
Benefits of Cryotherapy
If you have a blood or heart condition, cancer, or are pregnant, you may not be a good candidate for cryotherapy. Being under the influence of drugs or alcohol during treatment is also dangerous. Otherwise, you can reap the benefits of cryotherapy, including but not limited to the following:
- Reduce inflammation
- Relax muscles
- Pain relief
- Increase energy
- Improve blood circulation
- Boost healing
- Faster recovery from injuries
- Optimize muscle and joint function
- Support immune system function
- Elevate mood
Patients with pain from conditions such as arthritis, osteoporosis, chronic injuries, as well as mood disorders are among those who experience an improvement in symptoms. Cryotherapy also has positive effects on skin texture and elasticity, the appearance of cellulite, and hair and nail health. In addition, it has documented positive effects on cognition and metabolism.
Is Cryotherapy Right for Me?
If you are wondering whether cryotherapy is right for you, the best thing to do is to consult with a health professional that offers this service. At NIVA Health, whole-body cryotherapy is one of the many non-surgical treatments we offer patients for better health and wellness.
Cryotherapy can help professional and amateur athletes, as well as weekend warriors, reach their health and athletic goals. This treatment has provided benefits to many people with musculoskeletal issues. We offer cryotherapy packages to fit every budget, so this treatment becomes widely accessible to the Jacksonville community.
To schedule a consultation, call NIVA Health clinic in Jacksonville or use our convenient appointment request form. Our healthcare providers look forward to helping you achieve better health and wellness.