Whole body cryotherapy exposes the body to chilled air over a 3 minute duration. While it’s commonly known that faster recovery and less inflammation are the primary benefits, there are actually many other positive effects it can have on your overall health.
Discover why cryotherapy is such a powerful tool that reaches far beyond just healing pain and inflammation!
#1. Enhances metabolism
It turns out that hyper cooling your body can have a positive influence on your weight loss regimen.
However, there is a definitely a caveat that needs to be understood.
While cryotherapy can support your weight loss goals by burning more calories, it’s not significant enough to have a large impact. That should be left up to proper exercise, portion control, and nutrition.
Rather, it enhances your body’s ability to burn a greater proportion of fat mass, assuming you are in a caloric deficit.
In other words, cryotherapy improves your hormonal profile in a way that supports fatty acid mobilization and metabolism.
So instead of losing bone or muscle mass while in a caloric deficit, your body is encouraged to pull the additional energy from fat mass. This maximizes any weight loss goal because ultimately most people are interested in fat loss!
#2. Slows down the aging process
Long term use of cryotherapy can minimize aging by reducing oxidative stress.
While we can’t ever fully stop the aging process itself, we can slow it down quite significantly.
If you are doing everything else right such as eating a diet high in antioxidants, maintaining adequate hydration, and routinely managing stress, consider cryotherapy another effective punch to the aging process!
#3. Improves your mood
When exposed to extremely low temperatures, the body physiologically responds by secreting various hormones to help protect us from the perceived threat.
The presence of these adrenal hormones can naturally lift our mental state!
In fact, many of these same “feel good” hormones are produced during exercise, which is why working out plays such a critical role in our mental health.
#4. Promotes deeper sleep
A clear mind can significantly improve your quality of sleep.
The release of stress hormones from cryotherapy can actually help you relax in the long run!
In short, when your body goes through a significant “flight or fight” response such as one that is produced in cryotherapy, your body naturally transitions into a parasympathetic state 6-8 hours later.
Your parasympathetic nervous system is responsible for “resting and digesting”. In fact, it increases blood flow to certain organs such as the stomach to support such measures.
So when you undergo a massive stressor like intense exercise or cryotherapy, your body is subsequently positioned into a deep, relaxed state.
As a result, it’s not uncommon to hear that someone had one of their best nights’ sleep following their first cryotherapy session.
#5. Reduces arthritic pain
Arthritis, otherwise known as joint inflammation, can cause pain and limit range of motion.
Inflammation from arthritis is similar to inflammation induced by exercise. Therefore, it’s no surprise that cryotherapy is so effective at suppressing pain associated with arthritis.
Adding cryotherapy into a treatment protocol allows for a more aggressive physiotherapy approach, resulting in an enhanced rehabilitation program!
Final thoughts on Whole Body Cryotherapy
Beyond simply relieving pain and inflammation, cryotherapy can be of benefit to nearly everyone for many different reasons.
At RISE Modern Wellness, we offer whole body cryotherapy as well as a full list of services that maximize the overall health and wellbeing of your body. With same day appointment availability and online scheduling, it’s never been easier to care for your body.