Cryotherapy involves circulating nitrogen-cooled air in a chamber to stimulate the body’s natural response to cold. This brief exposure elevates endorphin levels and reduces inflammation, swelling and pain. The Cryosauna is an excellent alternative to ice baths or cold packs and takes only minutes.
Cryotherapy is an elegant solution to cope with physical demands faced by athletes. Cryotherapy reduces the release of inflammatory cytokines, such as TNF-α (Tumor Necrosis Factor-alpha), IL-6 (Interleukin 6) and IL-1β. Cryotherapy can be used to treat a range of physical, psychological and autoimmune injuries. Applying cold to the site of an injury decreases the temperature of nearby healthy cells, causing a decline in metabolic activity. With lower metabolic activity, these cells don’t need as much oxygen as they usually do and can better cope with the restricted blood supply and oxygen-impaired environment.
Cryotherapy is not only limited to physical injuries or to the sports industry. This ability of Cryotherapy to slow down metabolic activities, hinder enzymatic pathways and decrease the responsiveness of cells is what makes it a good treatment method for rheumatoid arthritis too. It can be used to treat such autoimmune diseases, because of its ability to decrease cellular activity.
This is a quick and effective treatment that lasts 2-3 minutes vs taking a long unpleasant plunge into an ice bath. Cryotherapy is systemic so that means that it treats the entire body internally in just a matter of minutes to achieve results for a variety of symptoms.
At Bloch Wellness, Cryotherapy is used to treat a variety of conditions such as:
- Muscle pain/Soreness
- Weight loss
- Improving symptoms of eczema
- Reducing anxiety and depression