The short answer is “yes”, but the long answer is a little more involved than a simple yes or no.
What is Cryotherapy?
Cryotherapy is done essentially by short exposure to very, very cold air. At ChillRX, it begins by showing you into the Cryo Chamber. Once inside, the door is closed and the internal air is chilled by liquid nitrogen allowing ultra cold temperatures. Since cryotherapy is done using air, it is not as crippling as an ice bath can be, as the cold does not sink into your muscles and immobilizes them the same way it does by being immersed in water. It is also done for a much shorter, more bearable duration than an ice bath for about 2 to 5 minutes. The shock of the cold air is meant to send the body into “fight or flight” mode which leads to its benefits.
What Are the Benefits of Cryotherapy?
Cryotherapy has a plethora of benefits by using chilled air over ice water. First, by going into the “fight or flight” mode, it causes your metabolism to increase and to produce more energy. Estimates say that around 500-800 calories are burned during and after the session as the body reheats. Vasodilation also occurs which circulates fresh oxygen and nutrient-rich blood in the body, reducing inflammation and promoting healing. Additionally, cryotherapy releases adrenaline and endorphins which reduce pain, stimulate the immune system, and promote your mood.
What is an Ice Bath?
An ice bath is exactly what it sounds like, it typically takes place in any sort of container that can be filled with water that is then also filled with lots of ice. Athletes have been using ice baths for years now, mostly for muscle recovery.
What are the Benefits of an Ice Bath?
The benefits of ice baths are quite similar to cryotherapy, except with different drawbacks. Ice baths have been used for years for muscle soreness and recovery, and inflammation. It also can be great for your nervous system, providing similar adrenaline-related benefits as cryotherapy. Perhaps one of the biggest benefits of ice baths is the fact that they are practically free for anyone to do, all you need is somewhere to store yourself, some water, and plenty of ice for about 15-20 minutes.
Interested in Doing Cryotherapy?
Chill RX offers cryotherapy and more! If you are interested in scheduling your first session or want to know more please call us at 908-304-9866.