Can Cryotherapy Help with Chronic Back Pain?

It’s no wonder that chronic back pain is a complicated issue, just think of the spine’s structure of vertebrae, discs, ligaments and muscles. Sprains to ligaments, straining muscles, and slipping discs can all lead to chronic back pain. The casualty list goes on; accidents, arthritis, obesity and even poor posture can cause or contribute to back pain. We could justifiably blame it all on modern living as we get on with our daily routines. The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) informs us that as many as 31 million Americans experience chronic back pain at any given time. In this article, we consider the benefits of Whole Body Cryotherapy for treating back pain.

Whole Body Cryotherapy

Can immersing your body into a freezing chamber reduce chronic back pain? For the many professional athletes and celebrities who have made cryotherapy so popular, the answer is a resounding ‘yes’. If the media coverage is any indication, extreme cold is a very hot topic. Even a single Whole Body Cryotherapy session may reduce or eliminate pain from injury, inflammation, surgery, or conditions such as chronic back pain resulting from arthritis. A few sessions may increase the duration of relief for weeks or even months.

Freeze That Thought

Modern Whole Body Cryotherapy (WBC) first started in Japan in the late 1970s – all credit to rheumatologist Toshima Yamaguchi for developing the process. WBC is a systemic anti-inflammatory treatment involving skin exposure to ultra-low temperatures.

These are between -190 and -256 degrees Fahrenheit for a brief, controlled time of just 1.5 to 3 minutes. The exposure of the body to nitrogen vapor takes place in the cryosauna chamber. The chill triggers natural physiological responses:

  • Blood vessels constrict rapidly and protect the organ
  • The average skin temperature drops to 50°F
  • The shock provokes an analgesic effect via the release of endorphins
  • Once at room temperature (outside the chamber), the blood vessels dilate
  • Blood circulation improves dramatically
  • Improved distribution of oxygen and nutrients throughout the entire body
  • Waste and toxins eliminated naturally

Patients wear socks, gloves, and slippers while in the cryosauna. Clothing worn during treatment should be minimal for best results. For women undergarments are optional, while men are required to wear cotton underwear.

Benefits of Whole Body Cryotherapy

Several benefits accrue after a WBC session in the cryosauna, and the therapy helps in many amazing ways as it:

  • Raises metabolic rate
  • Boosts immune system
  • Improves blood circulation
  • Eases rheumatoid arthritis and chronic back pain
  • Calms autoimmune and inflammatory disorders such as chronic back pain
  • Relieves skin disorders including dermatitis and psoriasis
  • Reverses skin aging, poor skin elasticity, and cellulite
  • Relieves depression, anxiety, and stress
  • Reduces insomnia and chronic fatigue
  • Increases energy levels naturally

A general ‘feel good factor’ seems to sum up the experience!

Pain Management is in Your Hands

Time to stop suffering chronic back pain and start feeling good again with Whole Body Cryotherapy. Many athletes, movie stars and other opinion leaders have publicly extolled the benefits of the treatment in losing weight, reducing pain, improving athletic performance, slowing aging and improving sleep. Do you want to recover, rejuvenate and revitalize? San Diego Cryotherapy would like to invite you to experience “The Chill” at minus 250°F and see the results for yourself.

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