Cryotherapy isn’t a new type of therapy, but it’s only been used in Western countries for the past few decades. During a cryotherapy session, the body is exposed to extremely cold temperatures (colder than -200 degrees Fahrenheit) for several minutes.
Why are more people becoming interested in this type of therapy? Cryotherapy has been known to heal and strengthen the body. In Eastern countries, cryotherapy was used years before to help treat multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis. Now, cryotherapy is shown to also help with weight loss, energy, skin, mood, and muscle soreness.
If you need to lose a substantial amount of weight or have an injury that requires surgery, cryotherapy isn’t going to solve all your problems. This type of therapy is used to supplement other health and wellness benefits you are incorporating in your life; it cannot specifically be used to treat a medical disease, condition, or illness.
Some benefits of cryotherapy include: muscle and joint pain relief, younger-looking skin, better energy and mood, and weight loss. A study shared in a 2017 article from the International Journal of Sports Medicine said cryotherapy can be effective in reducing muscle pain, inflammation, and cell damage. Research has shown that active people and athletes feel like they can recover faster using this type of therapy.
When it comes to weight loss, the cold temperatures force your body to work harder to stay warm, which will make you burn more calories and repeated use can boost your metabolism. However, it’s proven to be more successful to lose weight through diet and exercise.
When it comes to mood, it is believed endorphins are released during the therapy, which can help you feel better overall, but this is not a treatment for anxiety, depression, or a mental illness.
Cryotherapy is not safe for everyone. It’s advised that pregnant women and those with severe hypertension and other heart issues should not use it. Those with neuropathy or other nerve issues should also avoid this type of therapy. Children under 18 can receive cryotherapy treatment but need parental consent.
Book a Cryotherapy Treatment in Jacksonville, Florida
Cryotherapy isn’t right for everyone, but it can give great results to those looking to feel better and heal their bodies in a supplemental way. We are experts in cryotherapy and you can talk to our team at the Sports Recovery Annex to see if this treatment is right for you.
If you are looking to heal your body and think cryotherapy will work for you, we recommend you try a session! For those who train hard or have injuries, cryotherapy is more effective and more comfortable than an ice bath, and each treatment just takes a few minutes!
At Sports Recovery Annex in Jacksonville, Florida, we offer whole-body cryotherapy sessions where you will stand in a chamber (cryosauna) wearing only gloves, socks, underwear, and booties for three minutes as the chamber is filled with a nitrogen vapor to drop the temperature. Your body will be surrounded by cold air, and the temperature will drop as low as -200 degrees Fahrenheit. During the session, the body’s core temperature remains the same while only the skin gets cold. One of our cryotherapy technicians will be there to talk you through the entire experience.
Sports Recovery Annex is a walk-in sports recovery facility that provides everyday athletes and professionals access to state-of-the-art recovery services in Jacksonville. Our highly trained sports medicine staff include nationally certified athletic trainers, board-certified physicians, and support staff all who will help keep you free from injuries and help you actively recover between workouts and competitions.