In your early years, you were told how exercising regularly is right – pain is gain. In actuality, it has incredible benefits, which are undeniable. So you eventually made it to college, and that athleticism even won you some medals along the way – hurray! You are amazing. Then, it started, the constant wear and tear, the pain, and perhaps the tears too.
What could be the cause? Your muscles have been strained and has reacted naturally. But you need not worry; this is where Whole Body Cryotherapy comes in!
What is Whole Body Cryotherapy?
Whole Body Cryotherapy, WBC, is any medical treatment/technique where the body is subjected to freezing temperatures for several minutes.
Perhaps, Whole Body Cryotherapy sounds new. Well, it is relatively new. Nonetheless, Cryotherapy’s popularity is on the rise, and it offers a lot of benefits. No wonder athletes are making the most out of it. Some sports training can be extremely strenuous, and some athletes engage in various training sessions on the same day.
As a result, many don’t recover from the exhausting workouts fully and on time. What do they do? They turn to Cryotherapy to rejuvenate and strengthen their bodies. Other benefits include:
The cold temperatures of this therapy stimulate the release of endorphins, noradrenaline, and adrenaline. This can helps improves the mood of athletes struggling with depression and anxiety.
Fight Illness and Reduces Pain
WBC is vital to increasing your ability to fight illness and diseases. It does this by increasing the white blood cell count in the body (especially lymphocytes and monocytes).
In the research conducted by Lubkowska et al. 2010, doing (at least a 3-10 sessions long) WBC is a significant boost to immunological systems. Aside from that, Cryotherapy can ease muscle pain, along with some muscle and joint disorders like arthritis. Also, it may help heal athletic injuries quickly.
Doctors often recommend the use of ice packs on overstretched or torn muscles. This helps improve blood circulation, which, in turn, reduce pain and promote healing.
A 2000 study showed that Cryotherapy gave temporary relief from rheumatoid arthritis. The study found that ice packs with Cryotherapy could lessen the harmful effects of strenuous exercise. Individuals who used Cryotherapy also reported minimal or no pain. Another 2017 research also confirms the benefits of using Cryotherapy to reduce muscle pain.
Muscle wear and tear can also cause premature aging and other skin conditions. WBC, on the other hand, helps to remedy that through two crucial steps.
First, Whole Body Cryotherapy counteracts the aging process. It does that by tightening loose skin and reducing cellulite. Second, it improves collagen production.
Additionally, WBC can help treat chronic skin conditions like Atopic dermatitis. Atopic dermatitis (eczema) is an inflammatory disease that makes the skin itchy and red. Although it is common in kids, it can also develop at any age.
Since Cryotherapy can boost the antioxidant levels in your blood and decrease inflammation simultaneously, it makes sense that whole-body and localized Cryotherapy can help treat the condition. Another study analyzed how it treats acne, by targeting the sebaceous glands.
In addition to health and beauty, WBC will also provide boost the performance of athletes. For starters, it boosts your energy, and it’s vital for pre-workout.
According to Mila-Kierzenkowsha C. Et al. 2013, WBC has a positive effect on the activity of antioxidant enzymes and the concentration of lipid peroxidation products. All these provide antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits that will improve athletes’ performances.
As much as you love to win, it is also good to stay fit and healthy. Firstly, it removes your headache and general listlessness. And that gives you a beautiful morning-after cure.
Secondly, it counteracts fatigue and overall lethargy, which allows you to stay focused to win even better and faster. Also, WBC boosts your metabolism too.
Overall, you will start experiencing amazing results from only one cryotherapy session. But Cryotherapy is most efficient when used frequently.
Yes, WBC can indeed be unpleasant, especially for people who don’t like freezing temperatures. However, in the long run, it remains a safe alternative treatment and preventative aid for many ailments. And that is why you should try it out.
- James Wilkerson. Wear and tear of an athlete’s body.
- Zawn Villines. What are the benefits of Cryotherapy?
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- Daniel Loose. Preventing muscle wear and tear.
- Purnot, H et al. (2011). Time-course changes in inflammatory response after whole-body cryotherapy multi exposures following severe exercise. PloS ONE. 6(7): e22748. Doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0022748