WHAT DOES THE SCIENCE SAY?
The use of cold therapy is not new. Athletes have used cold temperatures to relieve muscle pain and cramps for many decades.
Cryotherapy is a more intense form of cold therapy. It is a relatively new type of treatment. However, since 2011, millions of people have used cryotherapy to relieve sore muscles and fight inflammation.
Many studies have explored the use of cryotherapy to treat a wide range of ailments. Some of the potential benefits include:
Fewer migraine headaches
Less anxiety or depression
Enhanced weight loss
Greater energy levels
Researchers also understand how cryotherapy impacts the body. The extreme cold of the cryotherapy chamber triggers your nervous system to increase blood pressure and your heart rate to deal with the reduced body temperature.
Your body then constricts blood vessels to reduce blood flow. When you exit the chamber, your vessels expand, which increases blood circulation and the delivery of oxygen. This process also supplies the bloodstream with beneficial anti-inflammatory proteins.
As with applying an ice pack to a sore spot, cryotherapy numbs the body and reduces soreness from muscle pain or joint and muscle disorders. People who suffer from arthritis may experience relief.
After removing an ice pack or stepping out of a cryotherapy chamber, the increased circulation promotes faster healing and less pain.