Benefits of Whole Body Cryotherapy
Whole body cryotherapy has its roots in Japan, where the practice helps alleviate pain and discomfort for patients suffering from rheumatoid arthritis.
The entire experience lasts only a few moments, but its reported positive effects include a reduction in feelings of anxiety, a boost in weight loss, inflammation reduction and increased blood flow.
How Whole Body Cryotherapy Works
One session lasts two to three minutes, and during that time the body’s core temperature remains the same, even though the chamber quickly reaches -110°C/-166°F.
The skin’s surface temperature drops drastically, allowing capillaries to expand, which increases blood flow. Healing white blood cells can reach injuries faster and with greater efficiency, which speeds healing time.
When the session is over, the body pumps blood from its still-warm core to bring the skin’s temperature back up to normal. Cryotherapy users report an energizing warming sensation that spreads over their entire body. The dry cryotherapy chamber ensures that users don’t experience frostbite.
Here are a few of the positive side effects cryotherapy users report experiencing after a two- to three-minute session in the chamber:
- Increased weight loss:
Norepinephrine and adrenaline produced by the brain may help cryotherapy users experience up to an 800-calorie burn after one session.
- Increased energy:
Athletes report that the after-effects of increased blood flow give them an energy boost.
- Increased heart rate for up to six hours after a session:
This response speeds metabolism and boosts weight loss, as well.
- Increased feeling of well-being:
One cryotherapy session can boost serotonin levels, which users report helps alleviate some symptoms of depression.
- Improved sleep:
The increase in heart rate followed by a drop in heart rate can help provide a more restful night’s sleep.
Part of a Healthy Lifestyle
Cryotherapy is a valuable addition to a healthy lifestyle that includes good eating habits, regular exercise and dedication to proper sleep management.
This treatment has been in existence for a long time and is widely considered to be a safe addition to an overall healthy lifestyle.
To experience the benefits of whole-body cryotherapy for yourself, make an appointment at our San Antonio location today.