If you have been wondering what cryotherapy is, how it works and whether it could improve your health and well-being, you’re in the right place. There is no doubt that cryotherapy is fashionable, but it also offers substantial health and wellness benefits in your life.
What is cryotherapy?
Cryotherapy is an innovative and natural healing technique in which a patient enters a special chamber where nitrogen gas lowers his or her surface temperature from the normal 30 degrees Fahrenheit to minus 166 degrees Fahrenheit. Doing so reduces muscle pain, swelling, and inflammation. Some other benefits of cryotherapy include:
– Increased endorphin levels
– Mood enhancement
– Decreased symptoms
– Decreased release of cortisol
– Long-term stress and anxiety reduction
– Reduced pharmaceutical drug intake
– Stabilized sleep patterns
– Correct central nervous system processes
– Elevated serotonin levels
Cryotherapy was first popularized by elite athletes in this country and is one of the many non-invasive drug-free modalities offered at Complete Wellness NYC, located on the Upper East Side. Patients throughout New York City can now enjoy accelerated healing of muscle pain from cryotherapy at Complete Wellness NYC.
What is a cryotherapy session like?
So, what happens during a cryotherapy treatment? When a client walks into the cryotherapy chamber, they first head into a room to disrobe. Once stripped down to undergarments, they are given booties and mittens with socks. Each treatment takes no more than three minutes, as super-cooled nitrogen gas is pumped into the chamber.
What does it feel like post-treatment?
Everyone is different. Some describe a temporary tingling sensation following treatment. Other’s report a pleasurable feeling. The cold causes the body to releases endorphins, the same “feel good” hormones that can follow intense exercise. Many also say they enjoy a higher tolerance to pain when undergoing treatment before a workout, and decreased inflammation when undergoing it afterward. Another bonus: cryotherapy burns 500 calories a session, thanks to the body’s increased metabolism. As with most therapies, consistency is necessary for ongoing benefits.
The following conditions are contraindications to whole-body Cryotherapy:
- Severe Hypertension
- Acute or recent Myocardial Infarction
- Unstable Angina Pectoris
- Symptomatic Cardiovascular Disease
- Cardiac Pacemaker or Cardiac Stent
- Peripheral Arterial Occlusive Disease
- Venous thrombosis
- Acute or recent Cerebrovascular Accident
- Uncontrolled Seizures
- Raynaud’s Syndrome
- Fever or Infection
- Tumor Disease
- Symptomatic Lung Disorders
- Bleeding Disorders and Severe Anemia
- Acute Kidney and Urinary Tract Diseases
- Open Wounds
- Ischemic Heart Disease
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