Cryotherapy is the use of cold temperatures to treat injuries and pain. It was first widely used in Germany in the 1980s to treat arthritic pain as well as other forms of chronic pain. As more people saw its benefits, the treatment’s popularity spread to other countries. With a special wand-like device that uses liquid nitrogen, specialists target affected areas of the body for local delivery of cryotherapy. Liquid nitrogen allows temperatures to drop rapidly. First, the temperature drops below freezing for the first two minutes. After that, it drops further. A cryotherapy session only lasts for a few minutes
The quick freezing of the skin’s surface causes blood vessels to constrict. In response, the body delivers more blood to the area where the cold application is focused. Blood contains oxygen, enzymes and vital nutrients. When more blood is delivered to the area, it is rich in these substances, and the combination of the substances leads to quicker healing. Local cryo can help heal damaged muscles or joint tissues. It is an ideal treatment for someone who has pain in one or more specific areas but not the entire body. For treatment of the entire body, whole-body cryotherapy is better.
Anyone who suffers from chronic pain due to arthritis, an injury or an illness can benefit from this treatment. People who recently had surgery on a knee, shoulder or joint often use cryotherapy to heal the joint faster. Also, athletes use it to prevent injuries in addition to treating them. However, many people also use whole-body cryotherapy, which is commonly shortened to WBC. At Advanced Cryo NYC, we offer both treatment options. A local application of cryotherapy is usually recommended for injuries or pain in the following areas:
People who have hypertension, various heart conditions, liver diseases or kidney diseases may not be ideal candidates for cryotherapy. Also, pregnant women may not be good candidates. Individuals with bleeding disorders, tumors or other conditions should discuss health issues with a cryotherapy specialist before seeking treatment.
Localized Cryo Therapy is usually combined with the WBC to heal specific parts of the body. Some of the most common treated areas include the upper and lower back, shoulders, neck, elbow, wrists, knees, ankles and hips.
Before a local application of cryotherapy, a patient may need to undress depending on the areas that will be treated. If undressing is necessary, patients are provided with coverups for privacy. Some patients prefer to shower before the procedure. However, it is not essential. A cryotherapy wand does not deliver a whole-body cold feeling. Patients usually report feeling chilled during therapy. The procedure is fast and painless and is not as intense as standing outside in a snowstorm for several minutes. Most people report feeling a quick mood boost that lasts for several hours. This is because the body releases more endorphins as part of the response to a sudden temperature drop. Patients are usually able to relax easily during a local cryotherapy application. After the procedure is over, patients usually feel better all over because of the increased blood flow. Some say that pain is noticeably lessened after the first treatment. However, cryotherapy specialists recommend multiple treatments within a short period of time to achieve optimal results. The length of time between treatments depends on the severity and location of the injury or pain.
Our specialists are trained to help each person develop a personalized treatment plan. We consider past health history, current health status and pain levels to determine the best course of action. If pain is widespread, we often recommend WBC instead of local cryo or in addition to it. For those who want localized cryo treatments for aesthetic purposes, we offer cryofacials. In addition to clearing up blemishes on the skin by delivering ample blood flow, this concentrated treatment triggers collagen regeneration. Collagen is the substance below the skin that provides a fuller and more vibrant appearance of the skin. Advanced Cryo NYC is conveniently located on Crosby Street in New York City, which is easy to find whether patients travel by car, public transportation or foot. Online appointment booking is available, and we also help people book consultations by phone. To learn more about local cryo, WBC, cryofacials and our other treatments, please contact us today.