There are many new trends related to health that are rapidly being adopted for various health benefits. Cryotherapy is one of such trend that most health conscious people are trying out to cure different ailments.
Cryotherapy, originally developed in Japan in 1978 for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis is known as a treatment that involves the use of freezing or near freezing temperatures. A fairly new therapy, some potential benefits are known as alternative treatment and preventative for many ailments.
The most popular form of cryotherapy involves sitting in a cryotherapy booth for 3–5 minutes. Some people undergo cryotherapy facials, which apply cold to the face only. Others use cryotherapy to target specific areas, such as a painful joint. Although it cures many ailments, this is considered a non-medical treatment used primarily in a spa or similar setting. Though unpleasant to begin with, cryotherapy tends to get better with each treatment, as the body adjusts to the low temperature.
It is suggested that pregnant women, children and people with severe high blood pressure and those having heart conditions should not try cryotherapy.Having a cryotherapy treatment for any longer than a few minutes can be fatal.
A person must never sleep during cryotherapy, and they should time each session to ensure it is not longer than the recommended timeframe.
- Cryotherapy can help with muscle pain, as well as some joint and muscle disorders, such as arthiritis. It may also promote faster healing of athletic injuries. Doctors have long recommended using ice packs on injured and painful muscles. Doing so may increase blood circulation after the ice pack is removed, promoting healing and pain relief.
- Inflammation is one way the immune system fights infection. Sometimes the immune system becomes overly reactive. The result is chronic inflammation, which is linked to health problems such as cancer, diabetes and arthritis. As such, reducing inflammation could also improve overall health and reduce the risk of numerous chronic ailments.
- Research findings suggest that cryotherapy may reduce inflammation to certain extent and it can also help people fight depression or anxiety.
- The chronic inflammatory skin condition known as eczema can cause intensely itchy patches of dry skin. Those who tried cryotherapy seem to see some improvement in their eczema symptoms, though it can lead to frostbite if not carried out properly.
- Targeted cryotherapy that focuses on the neck may help prevent migraine headaches.
- Some of the other benefits of using cryotherapy include a strengthened immune system, improved blood circulation, better sleep, reduced stress and higher metabolism.