The most well-known use for any type of cold exposure treatment is to reduce inflammation or swelling. Cryotherapy treatments are considered to be among the most effective treatment in this category. The use of Cryotherapy to treat inflammation in the form of muscle soreness, joint pain, serious injury, or even as a result of surgery, can aid in providing relief and faster recovery from the damage.
In addition to trauma related inflammation, systemic inflammation can be the source of many other ailments. Inflammation has been found to be the key driver in the aging process, and is the cause of most age related diseases. In a recent study of elderly people ranging from 85 - 110 years old, low inflammation was found to be the only biomarker correlated with survival and cognitive capabilities!
There is anecdotal evidence that suggests whole body cryotherapy may prevent neurodegenerative diseases in humans, through an overall reduction of inflammation in the body and the release of a special cold shock protein (RBM3) as a result of cold exposure therapy. Those degenerative diseases include, but are not limited to Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease.
For more information about how a reduction in inflammation can improve your quality of life, check out the mood section under the benefits tab!
Whole body cryotherapy provides pain relief through many different mechanisms. The science regarding these mechanisms can be found on our science page. Individuals suffering from Fibromyalgia, arthritis, chronic back pain, Ankylosing Spondylitis, and other types of chronic pain have experienced significant relief through the use of cold therapy. Cryotherapy can be an effective alternative, or adjunct to current treatment, when other modalities of pain management are not sufficient, are not desired, or have not been effective. Cryotherapy has been proven to decrease nerve conduction velocity which has the effect of limiting the presence of pain!
In a randomized controlled trial, patients with arthritis who underwent whole body cryotherapy (ranging from two to three minutes, three times a week, for one week) had a significant reduction in pain. Cryotherapy has also been shown to improve range of motion in joints and muscular tissues which has its own positive set of beneficial implications on arthritis.
Norepinephrine increases have also been shown to help manage pain. Injecting compounds into the spine that increase norepinephrine expression is a treatment used to reduce pain in human and animal trials. With this in mind, the robust norepinephrine boost as a result of cold exposure can provide added pain relief.
There are multiple scientific studies showing whole body cryotherapy increases the number of white blood cells, T cells, and specific cancer killing immune cells called cytotoxic T lymphocytes. In addition, a healthy stock of immune cells that remain active only when necessary, is correlated with living to ages of 100 plus years!
Furthermore, studies have shown that three minutes in a cryo-sauna anywhere from 10 - 20 days in a row increases antioxidant levels from 36% to 100% in young men. This is additional evidence that indicates cryotherapy has the ability to improve immunity!
Symptoms of Fibromyalgia are known to be caused by an imbalance of neurotransmitters, and an imbalance of pro and anti-inflammatory mediators. One of the many profound effects of whole body cryotherapy is the beneficial effect on inflammation. It works by increasing the presence of anti-inflammatory cytokines (substance secreted by immune cells) and decreasing the presence of pro-inflammatory cytokines. It is this physiological response our bodies have to cold exposure that has been proven to mediate the symptoms of fibromyalgia.
Cryotherapy also has the ability to decrease nerve conductive velocity which has the effect of increasing pain threshold and pain tolerance. This is the second mechanism by which whole body cryotherapy can be used as an effective treatment for Fibromyalgia.
REDUCED INFLAMMATION • PAIN MANAGEMENT • ATHLETIC RECOVERY • BOOSTED ATHLETIC PERFORMANCE • JOINT MOBILITY • MOOD ENHANCEMENT • BOOSTED METABOLISM • IMMUNE HEALTH