Benefits of Cryotherapy

What Are the Benefits of Cryotherapy?

You’ll feel rejuvenated and buoyant after cryotherapy, as well as relief from pain and inflammation. Cryotherapy can help reduce pain and inflammation, as well as a variety of other health issues. Cryotherapy is available at Sculpted Medical Spa. Contact us or book your appointment online for more information. We have convenient locations to serve you in Midwest City, Midtown, and North OKC.

Benefits of Cryotherapy Midwest City, Midtown, and North OKC
Benefits of Cryotherapy Midwest City, Midtown, and North OKC

Table of Contents:

What benefit does cryotherapy offer?
How long do the benefits of cryotherapy last?
What happens to your body after cryotherapy?
How often should you go to cryotherapy?

What benefit does cryotherapy offer?


Cryotherapy uses air, rather than water, to achieve potentially therapeutic results, and is a form of cold therapy, like ice baths and chilled plunges. During whole-body cryotherapy (WBC), patients are placed in small chambers (also called cryo chambers) cooled to temperatures between minus 200 and minus 300 degrees Fahrenheit, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
 
Following exercise, cryotherapy is often used to speed up muscle recovery. As a response to cold temperatures, your body constricts your blood vessels (vasoconstriction), sending blood to your organs. This increases the oxygen and nutrient levels in your blood. When your body warms up again after leaving the cold, your blood vessels expand, sending oxygen- and nutrient-rich blood back to your tissues. As blood flow increases, inflammation and toxins are flushed out of your body, helping you recover faster.
 
Our parasympathetic nervous system may be activated by cryotherapy, which may help us sleep. When we feel calm and safe, the autonomic (or “automatic”) nervous system takes over the control of our bodily functions. We tend to be relaxed when the parasympathetic nervous system is activated.
 
The benefits of cryotherapy for chronic pain can be varied. As a first step, cold is known to be an analgesic (or pain reliever) for a short period of time. Cold slows nerve transmission (when a nerve fires a signal to the brain) in pain cells, according to scientists. Additionally, cryotherapy may reduce pain by lowering inflammation, a characteristic of inflammatory chronic pain conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis.

How long do the benefits of cryotherapy last?


When you experience cryotherapy for the first time, you’ll feel its effects and experience its benefits almost immediately. With increased circulation, oxygen-rich, nutrient-dense blood will be delivered to all parts of your body by your capillaries. Cryotherapy works by forcing your body into survival mode, causing it to constrict blood vessels in an attempt to maintain heat when exposed to such extremely cold temperatures. Endorphins, which are hormones that block brain pain signals, are released during this process. Following a cryotherapy treatment, you may notice an immediate reduction in pain and inflammation. It typically takes six to eight hours for the endorphin-high to wear off after treatment, but the more frequently you undergo treatment, the longer it lasts.

What happens to your body after cryotherapy?


When your whole body or localized cryotherapy treatment is complete, you’ll immediately feel rejuvenated and buoyant. Once your body temperature returns to normal, your blood vessels dilate and endorphins rush through your body, making you feel alert and energetic. It is even better because these buoyant effects tend to last for around six to eight hours. Additionally, cryotherapy advocates claim that, in an effort to bring the body back to equilibrium, it undergoes a metabolic reaction that burns up to 800 calories in the hours following treatment. After cryotherapy, many repeat users report improved sleep quality. Be sure to drink plenty of water to help your body temperature return to normal as quickly as possible.

How often should you go to cryotherapy?


Cryotherapy should be done one to five times a week, depending on the results you’re looking for and how new you are to it. The use of cryotherapy by athletes aids in recovery and improves athletic performance during a game. Due to the severity of their training routines and their ability to be naturally stronger and fitter, they tend to have more sessions. So, unless you have similar abilities, this isn’t ideal for you. Due to the harsh cold conditions, it is important that your sessions are timed and spaced out appropriately. Staff at Sculpted Medical Spa will work with each patient to determine their ideal cryotherapy regime.
 
Cryotherapy is available at Sculpted Medical Spa. Contact us or book your appointment online for more information. We have convenient locations to serve you in Midwest City, Midtown, and North OKC. We serve patients from Midtown OKC, North OKC,  Midwest City OK, Flynn OK, Choctaw OK, Lake Aluma OK, Lillard Park OK, and surrounding areas.

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