Whole Body Cryotherapy : Are There Limits to Cold Treatments?

Have you tried whole body cryotherapy yet? Depending on your specific needs, you may want to consider giving the procedure a try. Growing more and more popular, cryotherapy treatments have been promoted as a way to help revitalize body systems, improve skin, heal sore muscles, and even boost your mood. And though it seems as if a lot of good can come from this process, there’s an important question to consider: How often should you use cryotherapy?

Facts about Whole Body Cryotherapy and Other Treatments

Are you a fan of the cold? In case you’re not completely sure what whole body cryotherapy is, it’s a specific treatment that involves dropping the temperature of the skin’s surface (around -250 degrees Fahrenheit) via nitrogen cooled vapors for about two to three minutes. Seems easy, right? While two different methods can be used (liquid nitrogen and refrigerated cold air), during each one, the individual is wearing almost no clothing. Interestingly enough, the initial procedure was invented to help treat multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis. But times, they are changing! And now, cryotherapy has many uses!

Furthermore, a specific variety of benefits have been connected with cryotherapy including:

  • Decreased fatigue
  • Improved physical performance
  • Immunity boost
  • Decreased inflammation
  • Decreased chronic pain and fatigue
  • Healthier-looking skin
  • Reduced cellulite, as well as blemishes
  • Increased metabolism

And though there are plenty of benefits associated with whole body cryotherapy, there are still certain examples of people who should avoid the procedure for their own health, such as: women who are pregnant, those who have pacemakers, kids under the age of 18, and heart attack survivors. Of course, to be on the safe side, it’s also wise to consult your doctor before pursuing a procedure like this. You should also infer with your physician, or even a cryotherapy specialist, on how often you should utilize the treatment. While there are no set rules on the amount of time you should spend exposing your body to these extreme cold temperatures, you most likely don’t want to do more than one procedure a day. And, as mentioned, the amount of time needed per session is rather short – just two to four minutes at a time.

Best Practices

Whole Body Cryotherapy treatments can be used every day and are particular helpful as a part of recovery programs post-surgery or post-injury. CryoFacials are regularly encouraged and your facial technician will be able to recommend a regimen for you to follow that is best for your skin type. Localized cryotherapy is often recommended post-surgery or post-injury and your doctor or physical therapist may be able to recommend a healing regimen involving regular cryotherapy treatment.

A Better You

There are all sorts of effective ways to take care of yourself. Sure, it’s important to eat healthy and exercise on a regular basis . . . but what about whole body cryotherapy? It’s been known to help with skin, body aches, and attitude. With this procedure, it’s likely that you’ll feel good and look good – all in as little as two minutes. The world can be a busy, stressful place; however, don’t forget to take care of yourself.

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