Cryotherapy, A revolutionary technology that is popular with athletes and celebrities, seems to be a new upcoming thing to many people in the United States.
But the fact is, the ancient Egyptians were first recorded to have used ice and snow to treat pain, injuries, and reduce inflammation as far back as 2500BC, cold exposure treatment or Cryotherapy has been used for a variety of wellness purposes.
In Japan during the 1970's, Dr. Yamuchi started what is now known as Whole Body Cryotherapy (WBC), for rheumatoid arthritis patients. He noticied that when the skin was exposed to the fast decrease of temperature, there was an immediate release of endorphins, lessening the sensitivity to the pain felt during the movement of their joints. Over the next 10 years, his clinic treated over 2000 patients with rheumatic disease, reporting 80% returned to normal life with less pain.
Benefits of Whole Body Cryotherapy for Wellness, Health and Beauty
After a 3 minutes session in the cryotherapy machine , the brain releases enhanced levels of endorphins and norepinephrine leading to inflammation reducing vasoconstriction, and the subsequent circulation and delivery of oxygen rich, toxin flushed, blood throughout the body. Regular cryotherapy can reduce muscle fatigue during exercise and the time needed to recover afterward, and relieve pain by reducing inflammation and numbing sore muscles. Cryotherapy has also been used to treat aging and various skin symptoms by promoting cell rejuvenation and boosting collagen levels.
Cryotherapy can help treat migraines by cooling and numbing nerves in the neck area. It is thought that this works by cooling the blood passing through intracranial vessels. The carotid arteries are close to the skin’s surface and accessible.
Many athletes have been using cryotherapy to treat injuries for years, and one of the reasons why is that it can numb pain. The cold can actually numb an irritated nerve. This can help treat pinched nerves or neuromas, chronic pain, or even acute injuries.
The ultra-cold temperatures in whole-body cryotherapy can cause physiological hormonal responses. This includes the release of adrenaline, noradrenaline, and endorphins. This can have a positive effect on those experiencing mood disorders like anxiety and depression.
Whole-body cryotherapy significantly reduced pain in people with arthritis.
While more research is needed to evaluate the effectiveness of this strategy, it’s theorized that whole-body cryotherapy could help prevent Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia. It may be an effective treatment because the anti-oxidative and anti-inflammatory effects of cryotherapy could help combat the inflammatory and oxidative stress responses that occur with Alzheimer.
Cryotherapy, the latest beauty product
What have famous Hollywood stars such as Jennifer Anniston, Jessica Alba, Daniel Craig (James Bond) and Demi Moore got in common? Answer: their enthusiasm for cryotherapy as a method to promote beauty. Supermodel Gigi Hadid also regularly does cryotherapy to give herself an internal boost and a younger appearance.
The benefits of cryotherapy for beauty
Celebrities are excited about cryotherapy
World stars regularly share their experiences on social media. This kind of “promotion” has led to more people knowing about cryotherapy. Cryotherapy creates a new method to further intensify skincare and beauty. The cold stimulus stimulates the body to get on with it, to increase the production of collagen, as well as to pull the skin tight and burn more calories.
Of course, cryotherapy is used by other celebrities as well, famous names such as Tony Robbins, pod caster Joe Rogan and Doctor Oz are very excited.
What is the effect of Cryotherapy in a beauty treatment?
Cryotherapy supports blood circulation and improves lymphatic drainage. As a result, the body detoxifies itself more easily. The treatment cleanses the skin and removes waste substances, making it appear younger. The metabolism is activated and the body burns calories.
The cold stimulus promotes the breakdown of collagen, to which the body responds by creating new collagen, which in turn increases the elasticity of the skin. Wrinkles are lessened, pores shrink, and the skin feels soft. The nails also become stronger.
The thyroid gland reacts positively to the cold stimulus. After 10 days of cryotherapy, cold showers or swimming in ice water, the body develops an insulation layer. The thyroid gland produces additional thyroxin, which mobilises fatty acids, causing you to lose weight.
The cold also has a direct effect on the fatty tissue in our bodies. There are two types of fat: white fat cells that can be found mainly around the belly, butt and thighs, and brown fat cells that are responsible for the heating of our system. During a Cryotherapy session, the white fat cells are burnt as additional fuel for the heating of the body. In addition, the brown fat cells are stimulated to heat the body, without you having to exercise. This helps you to lose weight.
The cold can also contribute to slowing the ageing process and to reducing the chance of developing diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular diseases. The process also helps some women to fight cellulite.
So weather you are young or old, looking to better yourself with health, wellness or beauty, Cryotherapy treatments is a proven technology that has been around for thousand of years in one form or another. So if medical treatments or having to regularly take medication is just not working or taking a toll on you, Cryotherapy is a great alternative to Reset, Restore and Recover your body inside and out.
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