What is Cryotherapy?
You may have heard of the new spa fad called cryotherapy. Does emerging yourself in freezing cold temperatures sound like a reasonable health solution to you…or do you find it absolutely crazy? Well, no matter what you think, it is gaining in popularity for the benefits it can provide.
Cryotherapy refers to any use of extremely cold temperatures for medical benefits including the applying of an ice pack to an inflamed area. More recently, it has become a recognized spa treatment where people go into a cold tank for 3-5 minutes for the health benefits it can provide. These are said to include the following:
Pain relief and muscle healing – increased circulation that occurs when adjusting to warmer temperatures can promote healing.
Aid in weight loss – cold forces the body to work to stay warm boosting metabolism.
Reduced inflammation – the cold reduces swelling to improve overall health.
Preventing dementia – the cold temperatures can decrease oxidative stress that leads to dementia.
Preventing and treating cancer – cryotherapy can treat some forms of cancer by freezing cancer cells on certain body parts.
Reducing anxiety and depression – a reduction of inflammation can also have a positive effect on mental health.
Improving symptoms of eczema – the cold temperatures can reduce the redness and swelling associated with eczema.
Treating migraines – studies have shown that cryotherapy can reduce pain for those suffering with migraines.
Because cryotherapy is a relatively new treatment, its effects have not been proven. However, it could begin to emerge as a safe and natural alternative to many popular solutions in Western medicine. Will you be taking the plunge?