If you feel physically fatigued and mentally drained, you may benefit from cryotherapy.
Most people think of cryotherapy as a method for cryogenically freezing the body, a common trope in science fiction literature. Real cryotherapy does not freeze your body but does involve extremely cold temperatures.
The cold environment promotes better circulation, which leads to many health advantages. You may improve your immune system, increase testosterone production, and even reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke.
At Revive, we offer beneficial cryotherapy sessions using state-of-the-art technology and equipment. To find out if cryotherapy is the right solution for you, explore the details of our treatment.
What is Cryotherapy?
Cryotherapy is a form of cold therapy that involves sitting in a chamber and exposing your body to extreme cold. It is a unique treatment that helps boost blood circulation to vital organs, leaving patients feeling refreshed both mentally and physically. It may also provide pain relief and additional medical benefits.
Athletes regularly use cryotherapy to reduce muscle soreness after an intense workout or match, enjoying many of the same benefits associated with ice pack therapy. However, a quick cryotherapy session is suitable for anyone wanting to feel invigorated.
You likely know firsthand the effects of stress on the body. Throughout the week, your body takes a beating and you may struggle to find the time to recover.
Cryotherapy helps refresh your body quickly and leaves you ready to take on anything.
How does Cryotherapy work?
Our Palm Beach Gardens clinic has a whole-body chamber designed specifically for cryotherapy. It features the most advanced cryotherapy design, providing even cooling to your entire body.
To give you the safest cryotherapy treatment, we do not use liquid nitrogen. Our whole-body chamber exposes your body to temperatures that reach below -150-degrees Fahrenheit.
During the time in the chamber, the cold temperatures cause blood vessels to constrict. As the blood vessels constrict, your body directs the flow of blood away from the limbs and toward your vital organs. This is a natural response designed to protect your body from extreme cold.
The process causes increased production of white blood cells and increases the activity of the circulatory system, resulting in a wide variety of medical benefits including fighting inflammation and boosting your immune system. Your body may also release more endorphins. Endorphins are the “feel-good” hormones released when you exercise.
A few minutes is all it takes to boost circulation and invigorate your body. There is no downtime. After your cryotherapy session, you can go back to work or your daily routine.
Is Cryotherapy safe for everyone?
Cryotherapy is considered a safe process when used properly. Your body can only spend several minutes exposed to extremely cold temperatures. At Revive, we only use the best equipment to provide patients with the safest cryotherapy available.
While cryotherapy is safe for almost everyone, pregnant women, children, and people with high blood pressure or existing heart conditions may need to avoid the treatment. If you are concerned about how cryotherapy may impact an existing health condition, speak with your primary physician or contact the staff at our Revive wellness clinic in Palm Beach Gardens.
Science-Backed benefits of Cryotherapy
Patients tend to feel refreshed after spending several minutes in a cryotherapy chamber. Along with providing an instant jolt of refreshing cold therapy, this process may offer many more advantages:
- Relieving pain
- Fighting inflammation
- Preventing or treating cancer
- Treating skin conditions
- Reducing anxiety and depression
- Treating migraines
The research on cryotherapy is limited. However, researchers and doctors have discovered a wide variety of health benefits.
The cold temperatures stimulate the immune system, increasing your body’s ability to fight inflammation. Several minutes of cryotherapy may help reduce chronic inflammation linked to arthritis, cancer, depression, diabetes, and dementia.
Studies show that cryotherapy provides temporary relief from muscle soreness and joint pain. People suffering from rheumatoid arthritis or delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) often experience less pain or discomfort after a cryotherapy session. Cryotherapy numbs nerves in the body and reduces pain.
Treat Skin Conditions
Cryotherapy may boost antioxidant levels in the body and reduce inflammation, helping to ease the symptoms related to various skin conditions.
People suffering from atopic dermatitis (eczema) may notice fewer itchy patches of dry skin. In fact, in one study, several participants stopped using eczema medications after completing multiple sessions of cryotherapy.
Reduce Anxiety and Depression
Reducing inflammation may also reduce feelings of anxiety or depression. Researchers believe that the cold temperatures trigger various physiological responses in the body, such as the release of endorphins and adrenaline. These hormones lift the mood and ease symptoms related to anxiety, depression, and other mood disorders.
As mentioned, cryotherapy helps numb nerves. Numbing the nerves in the neck area and cooling the blood that passes through intracranial vessels may reduce the severity of migraines. It may even provide effective treatment that allows patients to stop taking medication for migraines.
Reduce the Risk of Dementia
Cryotherapy may protect against dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. This is another advantage linked to reduced inflammation and oxidative stress. However, more research is needed to verify these findings.
Along with protecting against these age-related forms of cognitive decline, cryotherapy also boosts cognitive function for healthy individuals. Give your brain a quick jolt to enjoy better concentration and focus.
Prevent or Treat Cancer
Reducing your risk of developing cancer is another advantage of reduced inflammation. Helping your body fight inflammation decreases the presence of free radicals and oxidative stress, which are precursors to most forms of cancer.
Combating inflammation may also aid cancer treatments. Chemotherapy, radiation, and various anti-cancer medications can leave the body with a severely weakened immune system, increasing the risk of infection and complications from treatment.
Along with improving the immune system, the cold temperatures of the cryotherapy chamber may kill cancer cells.
Refresh your mind and body with Cryotherapy
Visit us at Revive to refresh yourself mentally and physically. We offer safe and effective Cryotherapy sessions here at our Palm Beach Gardens facility.