Inflammation affects us in multiple ways and can often lead to achy muscles and joints, health conditions, weight gain and premature aging. While my decades of running have provided many benefits, it has also taken a toll on my body. In 2014 I was introduced to a treatment called Cryotherapy. Cryotherapy is a non-invasive option for those seeking pain management, muscle recovery, and decreased inflammation. Being that I am always on a quest to uncover natural methods for aging better and alleviating pain, I was excited to give it a try.
Yes, prescription drugs and over the counter pain medications may work in the short term to battle what ails you – but they also come with consequences. Cryotherapy shouldn’t produce side effects other than feeling a little chilly. Just know that each session gets easier once the body learns to adapt. Although Cryotherapy is not a medical procedure, sessions are typically performed at subzero temperatures under the guidance of a technician and can be localized on a specific body part or performed on the whole body. The benefit of this extreme cold prompts the body to respond as if it’s freezing and needs to protect itself. Not only does Cryotherapy work to alleviate pain, but it can also help with aesthetics. Cryotherapy facials are becoming a popular protocol for collagen repair and diminishing wrinkles. While arctic feeling air combined with nitrogen blowing on you may sound a bit intense, an amazing response happens within just minutes after each session. Your body becomes flooded with endorphins, the immune system is improved and you feel refreshed and energized as if you’ve just gone skiing.
If you are concerned that the treatments will be too stimulating, no need to fret. After the high, the body actually becomes very relaxed. If you felt stressed beforehand, you may feel like the anxiety has left and you’re ready for a good night’s sleep.