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Published on August 18, 2016

Decrease Inflammation, Reduce Muscle Pain and Accelerate Recovery with Cryotherapy

Written by Alonso Chavarriaga, RadioMD Staff Writer

Are you on the hunt for different healing or therapeutic techniques?

One option you may not have thought about is cryotherapy.

No, it’s not a way to turn you into a certain Batman villain. Instead, it’s an easy treatment that takes only a couple of minutes and can have a positive effect on your body.

How the Treatment Works

You begin the treatment by standing inside of a chamber. Many allow for your head to be exposed, free to talk or breathe normally. Both men and women can wear as little as they are comfortable with. The gas chamber begins to fill with nitrogen gas, gradually cooling the temperature down to a brisk 180 to 200 degrees below zero and circling your body.

“It sounds scary, but really isn’t,” says Lorri Benamor, a manager at Bryan Lifepointe. "Nitrogen is completely safe; in fact, you breathe in naturally-occurring nitrogen in the air around you. Not only is it safe, but also it’s painless. The only thing you may feel is a little chilly towards the end of treatment, which can last between one and three minutes long. If you think the last few moments are a bit too cold, you are free to stop the treatment."

Most Common Uses of Cryotherapy

Who would benefit the most from cryotherapy?

According to Benamore, there are two groups that use cryotherapy the most. The first group is comprised of athletic individuals that come in during training or after a long run to help recovery and jump-start the healing process. Another time these individuals use cryotherapy is before a game, since adrenaline can kick in that may be beneficial for performance.

The second group of common cryotherapy users is made up of patients with arthritis or fibromyalgia. Inflammatory diseases are sometimes treated with ice baths, but cryotherapy can be more comfortable and more effective. There is barely any prep work, no pain from sitting in an ice bath, and the therapy can improve circulation and boost your immune system.

One more success story involves patients with depression. Because endorphins are released during cryotherapy (similar to a runner’s high), people often report sleeping better at night and experiencing an overall better sense of well being.

These are just some of the benefits you can gain from regular cryotherapy sessions. Other reported side effects are:

  • Improved skin appearance
  • Weight management
  • Accelerated metabolism
  • Increased collagen production

Learn more about Cryotherapy at Bryan LifePointe and schedule your appointment today!

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