How Cool Is Whole Body Cryotherapy?
Updated: Jun 12
Cryotherapy is starting to become quite popular lately among those in the Chevy Chase area who are looking for the latest in health treatments. The name itself, unsurprisingly, means "cold therapy," and involves the exposure of the body to very cold temperatures for several minutes to achieve some interesting health benefits.
A cryotherapy treatment may involve delivery of cold temperatures to a small area, or the entire body.
The idea behind Whole Body Cryotherapy (WBC) is that when the body is surrounded by extremely cold temperature for several minutes, a variety of health benefits occur. The treatment involves standing in a chamber surrounding one's body, with an opening at the top for the head.
Temperatures in the enclosure are dropped to between negative 200-300 degrees Fahrenheit, and exposure lasts between two to three minutes.
What are the benefits of whole body cryotherapy?
Only one cryotherapy session is needed to obtain benefits; however, the greatest benefits are achieved through regular use. Some athletes undergo twice daily Whole Body Cryotherapy sessions, while others may have a daily treatment and then once monthly afterwards.
WBC is helpful in treating migraines by numbing nerves in the neck area through cooling. A recent study found that the application of cold temperatures to the neck over the carotid arteries resulted in a significant reduction in migraine pain.
Cryotherapy has been used by athletes to treat injuries for years, and works by numbing pain. Cold temperatures can be soothing to an irritated nerve.
Treats Mood Disorders
The cold temperatures used in WBC are useful in creating certain hormonal responses, including the release of body chemicals like endorphins, adrenaline and noradrenalin. This is helpful in those who experience mood disorders like depression and anxiety. A recent study demonstrated that WBC health treats both conditions on a short-term basis.
A study found that Whole Body Cryotherapy led to significant reductions in pain among those affected by arthritis. The treatment also allows for more aggressive physical and occupational therapy, making rehab programs more effective.
Although more research is needed, early evidence is providing tantalizing evidence that WBC is useful in preventing Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia. It is believed that WBC helps by creating an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effect that fights oxidative and inflammatory stress occurring with dementia.
Helps Skin Problems
Studies have shown that WBC is helpful in treating skin conditions like atopic dermatitis that cause dry and itchy skin. Since we already know that cryotherapy increases antioxidants and reduces inflammation, it makes sense that it is helpful in treating dermatitis.
Before Undergoing Whole Body Cryotherapy
Before undergoing WBC, individuals are advised to inform their practitioner about any medical conditions that they currently have. They should wear dry and loose-fitting clothing and bring gloves and socks to protect against frostbite. It is also helpful to move around some to keep the blood circulating.
The Bottom Line
There is a mountain of anecdotal evidence and a growing amount of research that supports the idea that Whole Body Cryotherapy offers a wide range of health benefits. As with all medical treatments, it is recommended that one first consults with their doctor to make sure that WBC is right for them and their individual needs.
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