cryotherapy

Cryotherapy uses freezing temperatures to treat a wide variety of ailments, including muscle soreness, depression and arthritis, to name a few. Individuals who want this treatment can choose between localized and whole body cryotherapy. Localized cryotherapy involves applying cold just to the injured area while Whole Body Cryotherapy exposes the entire body to sub-zero liquid nitrogen.

Here are a few groups who can especially benefit from cryotherapy:

Athletes

Whether they are cross country runners or play football, it’s common for athletes to experience muscle soreness from their sport. When their muscles hurt, athletes are not able to give their best performance on the field. That’s why cryotherapy is so beneficial to them. Cold therapy increases blood flow to the muscles, helping them recover faster and train harder.

Fibromyalgia Patients

Individuals who suffer from fibromyalgia experience chronic pain and fatigue on a daily basis. While there is no cure for this condition, fibromyalgia patients can find relief from cold therapy. Cold temperatures can reduce inflammation in the joints, improve circulation in the body and promote better sleep.

Depression Sufferers

Cryotherapy can also be used to treat depression by increasing blood flow and releasing endorphins. People who suffer from depression may feel euphoric after stepping out of a cold chamber.

Cryotherapy Contraindications

While cryotherapy can help treat many ailments, it isn’t for everyone. If you are pregnant or suffer from any of the following, consult with your doctor before trying WBC.

Hypertension
Acute or Recent Myocardial Infarction Arrhythmia
Symptomatic Cardiovascular Disease
Peripheral Arterial Occlusive Disease
Cardiac Pacemaker
Venous Thrombosis
Uncontrolled Seizures
Acute or Recent Cerebrovascular Injury
Raynaud’s Syndrome
Fever
Lung Disorders
Severe Anemia
Bleeding Disorders
Cold Allergy
Claustrophobia
Acute Kidney Disease
Urinary Tract Disease

A session of cryotherapy is perfectly safe (except in the cases cited above) and conducted under the strict supervision of trained staff and can bring you a relief you had not imagined. Whether you are training for a championship, or just need to get a boost of energy, cryotherapy is worth a try.

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