If you are looking for different ways to recover from exercise or chronic pain, cryotherapy works for many people.
For example, performing a weight (or resistance) exercise incorrectly can cause pain in your joints, back or other unintended areas. For example, the squat or lunge should primarily work and strengthen the glutes, quadriceps and hamstrings. If you feel unusual pain or stress in your back or knees, this could signal injury or incorrect performance of the exercise.
Or, you might be over-training your body, causing pain and stress. Some signs of over-training include, you:
- are sluggish and listless during the day,
- have trouble keeping your body under control during exercises (if you have trouble doing balance exercises or one-legged exercises, this may be a bad sign),
- need longer rest periods between sets,
- are exhausted before your workouts on most days or
- are stressed out after your workout (exercise should be one of the best stress-busters you have available to you).
According to Central Cryotherapy, here are 7 great benefits:
The anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties of Cryotherapy greatly decrease the pain and stiffness of rheumatoid and osteoarthritis. The body’s response to cryotherapy is an increase in endorphins or “feel good” hormones released after intense physical activity. These endorphins decrease pain sensitivity providing an effective, completely natural and noninvasive pain therapy. Cryotherapy can be tailored to meet your pain management wants and needs.
Athletic Recovery and Decreased Soreness
Athletes who use cryotherapy post training recover from soreness and stiffness faster than ice or stretching alone. Pain and stiffness are also reduced giving the benefit of better range of motion and movement. The constriction of blood vessels during cryotherapy decrease inflammation and the body’s perception of pain.
Recommended pre-workout for increased energy, vitality and a boosted metabolic rate. Because cryotherapy increases metabolism, promotes energy and a feeling of overall health and vitality this recovery therapy is not limited to post stress implementation. Athletes who use cryotherapy before an important event show an increases reaction time.
Beauty and Anti-Aging
The outer layers of skin are briefly “frozen” leading to collagen production in deeper layers of the skin. This leads to greater skin elasticity giving the user tighter and firmer skin as well as a more youthful appearance. Skin becomes more even toned, and conditions such as cellulite decrease and become smoother.
The decreased temperature cause the capillaries of the skin to undergo vasoconstriction (closing of the capillaries to keep the blood near the organs for protection from the cold) followed by a swift vasodilation after the procedure. The release of the blood causes a flushing of toxins from the skin and body. The anti-inflammatory properties of cryotherapy are used to treat conditions such as dermatitis and psoriasis.
The rapid cold causes the body to turn up its metabolic rate to increase temperature. This effect lasts from 5-8 hours after the procedure causing the body to burn an extra 500-800 calories per session. After several sessions, the metabolism tends to remain higher between sessions.
The other “fight or flight” reaction of the body to the extreme temperature is the release of endorphins (hormones) which have analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties. Cryotherapy has been studied as a way to successfully treat medication resistant depression and other mood disorders. Due to an increase in patient’s libido, cryotherapy is also being studied as a treatment for ED and other like disorders.
Cryotherapy has been shown to increase immunity due to increased hemoglobin levels in the blood and the removal of toxins. Cryotherapy has been shown to decrease stress levels and to improve mood disorders. When used with a healthy lifestyle and eating plan, Cryotherapy can decrease instances of colds and other illnesses.
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