Cryotherapy, also known as cold therapy, is a technique where the body is exposed to extremely cold temperatures for several minutes. Cryotherapy treatment can be delivered as whole-body or to just one area and can be administered in a number of ways through ice packs, ice message, coolant sprays, ice baths and even probes administered into tissue.
Some people undergo cryotherapy facials, which apply cold only to the face. Others use cryotherapy to target specific areas such as painful joints. Though unpleasant to begin with, cryotherapy tends to get better with each treatment, as the body adjusts to low temperatures. For whole-body cryotherapy, participants are required to wear dry protective gear such as socks and gloves in order to prevent tissue damage.
Benefits of cryotherapy:
- Reduces arthritic pain. Whole-body cryotherapy significantly reduces pain in people with arthritis. The treatment has been well-tolerated.
- Treats atopic dermatitis and other skin conditions. Whole-body cryotherapy can treat atopic dermatitis (with symptoms of dry and itchy skin). Reduces inflammation by improving antioxidant levels in the blood.
- Reduces migraine symptoms. Cryotherapy can help treat migraines by cooling and numbing the nerves in the neck area.
- Reduces risk of dementia. Studies show that cryotherapy can reduce inflammation and oxidative stress associated with dementia, mild cognitive impairment, and other age-related forms of cognitive decline.
- Aids in pain relief and muscle healing. Doctors have long recommended using ice packs on injured and painful muscles. Doing so may increase blood circulation after the ice pack is removed. Lowering tissue temperature and slowing down blood collecting in tissues (known as secondary injury) promotes healing and pain relief.
Anecdotal evidence also suggests cryotherapy may help with a range of concerns, including slowing or reversing skin aging, supporting fat loss, preventing chronic diseases, and others.
To find out more about cryotherapy treatment at New Horizon Hospital in Houston, Texas, call us at (281) 397-1530.