Cryotherapy is an ancient wellness technique that has gotten revitalized in recent years. These days, state-of-the-art technology uses cold therapy in a controlled, maximally effective way. At Glendora Chiropractic, we integrate cryotherapy with other natural healing techniques to help you fight pain, speed recovery, and boost your physical and mental health.
Cryotherapy, Then and Now
Various kinds of cold therapy have been used throughout human history. For instance, Nordic countries have long indulged in ‘snow baths’ to boost their circulation and energy levels. These days, techniques have gotten more sophisticated than dunking yourself into snow or ice-cold water.
You’re probably very familiar with smaller scale cold therapy. This could include applying cold spoons to puffy eyes or wrapping an icy washcloth around a sprain. However, you can also experience whole-body benefits of cryotherapy through a cryo chamber.
What Does Cryotherapy Involve?
A cryo chamber is a specialized enclosure, usually about the size of a small closet, that you can walk into. It uses nitrogen gas to create an intense and dry cold. You may experience between -200 to -300 °F, but only for a few minutes at a time. A short exposure like this is not long enough to cause frostbite or other harm. However, the intense cold delivers the health benefits of cryotherapy.
What Benefits Does Cryotherapy Offer?
Modern cryotherapy was first developed in Japan in 1978 to treat rheumatoid arthritis. It can be used to relieve the discomfort of all kinds of injuries and inflammations. The flash of intense cold triggers a release of endorphins, your body’s natural pain-relieving hormones.
Mood Disorder Improvement
Along with endorphins, a host of other hormones are released by cold therapy. This can include adrenaline, noradrenaline, and more. Regular cryotherapy sessions have helped some people beat mood disorders like depression and anxiety.
Cryotherapy, alone or with other interventions, can relieve the symptoms of migraines. This may be because it cools the blood passing though the neck into the head. Cooler blood counteracts the inflammation of the brain’s blood vessels that may be behind some migraines.
Naturally Increase Antioxidants
Studies suggest that cryotherapy has anti-oxidative benefits. Improving the antioxidant levels in your blood can bring a host of health benefits, including reducing acne and treating atopic dermatitis. In the longer run, it may help prevent dementia.
Cryotherapy from an Experienced Chiropractor
Our chiropractor and treatment team are familiar with many all-natural healing treatments. Whether you need cryotherapy alone or combined with other interventions, you can get it here at Glendora Chiropractic. We’re conveniently located in the heart of Glendora, CA. Contact us today to book a consultation.