Whether or not you realize it, you have probably used whole body cryotherapy. If you have ever used an ice pack to dull pain or reduce inflammation, you have used localized cryotherapy. However, you may wonder if full-body cryotherapy has the same benefits. Short-term exposure to extremely cold temperatures can provide a number of positive benefits.
Cryotherapy activates Brown Adipose Tissue (BAT). This leads to an increase in metabolism, which can lead to weight loss.
Lower Blood Sugar
It also releases adiponectin, which is a hormone that lowers blood glucose sugar levels. Lowering adiponectin levels can increase weight loss as well as lowering your chance of heart disease and diabetes. By lowering blood sugar, you can also reduce cravings, which helps improve your eating habits as well as assisting with weigh control.
Cold therapy increases immune system cells that fight disease and infection. The cold stimulates norepinephrine release and increase natural killer cell activity. While this does not make you disease-proof, it does increase your natural immunity to a variety of diseases.
Increase Cell Longevity
Cold therapy helps your cells clean themselves out. You see similar effects from calorie restriction and intermittent fasting. This helps improve your cell’s health.
Improve Your Pain Tolerance
By reducing underlying inflammation, cold therapy can help increase your ability to tolerate pain. You may wonder why this is important, but for anyone who has experienced chronic pain, the ability to use cryotherapy to help manage pain can be an important step in avoiding dependence on painkillers.
Relax Your Muscles
You may think of cryotherapy as an effective way to manage pain and inflammation, but did you know that cryotherapy also works as a muscle relaxant. Cold temperatures can slow down nerve conduction velocity. That can slow down the activation of muscle spindles, which works as a muscle relaxant. The more relaxed your muscles become; you may see an increase in muscle functionality.
Prevent Injury to Your Body Through Cryotherapy
When your muscles get inflamed, they lose oxygen. Icing reduces metabolic activity in the tissues you are icing. That makes your muscles better able to reduce any potential damage that can occur because of the swelling causing a loss of oxygen. You can help prevent damage to your muscles by dropping their temperature.
Try the Benefits of Whole Body Cryotherapy Yourself
Want to find out more about how cryotherapy can help you? The best way is to try it for yourself. Contact us to schedule your first visit today.