Is Cryotherapy safe?
Yes, as with other medical practices, when it is conducted by professionals, it is a safe and effective method of treatment.
Has Cryotherapy been studied?
Yes, extensive research has been done on cryotherapy. Though it dates back over a thousand years, its recent resurgence began in Japan. Dr. Yamaguchi, a doctor searching for ways to help treat his patients with arthritis, developed modern Cryotherapy treatments. Since then, this special method has spread to Europe, where it has been extensively studied and researched.
How Does Cryotherapy Work?
Cryotherapy works by exposing your body to extremely cold, dry air. By bringing your body’s temperature down, it forces your body to go into a survival mode. During this mode, your blood leaves your extremities, going to your organs, where they receive oxygen and other nutrients. As your body warms back up, this blood goes back through your body, spreading these nutrients and oxygen. This stimulates your body’s metabolism and natural recovery abilities.
Is Cryotherapy uncomfortable? Will it hurt?
No, Cryotherapy is a non-invasive procedure that has the overall effect of causing your body to release endorphins. Endorphins are important to combating depression and relax the body and make them feel good. This lasts for hours after exposure.
But, won't it be cold?
While it’s true that Cryotherapy is cold, because the air is very dry, the treatment is not dangerous and never reaches any of your organs. The only sensation during treatment is that of being cold. This sensation gives way after treatment, as you begin to feel the beneficial results. Exposure to the cold lasts only two to three minutes.
Are there people who shouldn't use Cryotherapy?
Yes, for some individuals with pre-existing conditions, it is not recommended. If you have cardiac problems, infections, anemia, seizures, or are pregnant, it shouldn’t be used. Before beginning treatment, it is best to ask your doctor if you are suitable for the treatment.
How Often Should I Use Cryotherapy Treatments?
It is recommended that you use cryotherapy treatments two to three times a week in order to achieve optimum results.
Can I exercise before or after the procedure?
Yes, you may exercise before or after the procedure, and it is actually recommended. Having treatment after exercising has been shown to boost your body’s ability to recover and alleviate pain. Having treatment before exercising has been linked to increasing your body’s pain tolerance!