Although the concept of treating pain and ailments with cold therapy has existed for centuries, Dr. Yamaguchi from Japan was the main developer of modern cryotherapy. He started using topical freezing treatments on people who suffered from rheumatoid arthritis. After seeing a pattern of significant inflammatory pain reduction, he concluded that rapid cooling showed much better results than slower methods such as an ice bath or ice pack. He developed whole-body cryotherapy, which focuses on the following important components:
- Circulatory system
- Nervous system
As a person stands in a cryosauna, his or her skin surface is cooled by freezing temperatures. The temperature drops even further after the first 30 seconds, and it drops again after a few minutes. The entire process only lasts for a few minutes. Since the body naturally tries to maintain a high internal temperature, a survival response is triggered. During this time, blood flow to the body’s core increases significantly. This may trigger a quick fever that kills viruses and bacteria if they exist. Blood vessels constrict, which is called vasoconstriction.
When the person steps out of the cryosauna, warm blood circulates to every large and tiny vessel in the body. This increases the amount of nutrients, oxygen and enzymes in all bodily regions. The result is toxin removal and regeneration of damaged tissues.
Body process regulation and effective communication are both attributed to the nervous system. The same signals that cause constriction of blood vessels during cryotherapy send out a signal to test the whole body for problem points. The nervous system is able to regulate organ functions with this response. It can also monitor other tissues in the body.
Researchers say that the brain is constantly sending out signals with the body’s current health levels to determine the problem areas. In a way, cryotherapy produces a reboot effect for the body and brain link to restore proper system functions. While cryotherapy slows down motor and nerve responses to help reduce pain, it also helps heal and restore muscles and joint tissues.
Where To Find Cryotherapy
Advanced Cryo NYC offers whole-body cryotherapy as well as local cryo and cryofacials. These quick non-invasive therapies use liquid nitrogen to cool the skin’s surface. Our professionals recommend cryotherapy to treat pain from an injury, arthritic pain or any type of chronic pain. Cryotherapy can help prevent injuries or speed up the healing process by delivering oxygen, enzymes and nutrients to damaged tissues. Reducing your pain can improve your mobility, quality of life and motivation. Since it enhances endorphin production, cryogenic therapy is also a mood booster.
To learn more about whole-body cryotherapy or local cryo to treat pain, please contact us today. We will be happy to set up a consultation and create a personalized treatment plan for you. When developing your pain management plan, we consider your current needs, health history, injuries and a variety of other health factors. Our clinic is easy to get to regardless of how you travel