An overview of the Cryotherapy benefits and side effects

Cryotherapy Chamber

What is Cryotherapy?

Let us understand what does cryotherapy actually mean. It is a technique where the body of a person is exposed to extreme cold temperatures for few minutes, the area where this technique is been carried out is known as the Cryotherapy Chamber. This is also known as cold therapy. You can either opt for a specific area cryotherapy or the whole – body cryotherapy. Ice baths and cold water submersion are also considered to be types of cryotherapy. In the field of medicine, the procedures that require liquid nitrogen or extremely low temperatures are called as cryotherapy or cryosurgery.

What are the benefits of Cryotherapy?

There are number of benefits that an individual can have from this therapy which will include some of the following:

• Irritation of the nerves can be numbed: there are many sportsmen who are using this therapy for several years now in order to treat their injuries. The cold treatment is used since the irritated nerve can be numbed. A small probe will be inserted in the nearby tissue, this helps in the treatment of chronic pain, acute injuries and neuromas.

• Helps in reducing migraine symptoms: this can be an effective treatment for migraines by cooling and numbing nerves in the area of the neck. It is considered that this treatment works by cooling the blood that passes through the intracranial vessels. There are carotid arteries which are close to the surface of the skin and they are easily accessible.

• Helps in the treatment of mood disorders: the extreme cold temperatures in the whole – body cryotherapy can result in physiological hormonal responses. This will include release of the adrenaline and endorphins. This will have a positive result on those people who experience mood disorders which include anxiety and depression.

• Helps in reducing arthritic pain: the whole – body cryotherapy has shown results which reduce pain in those people who are suffering from arthritis. The doctors found that the patient’s body could tolerate the treatment well. Also the rehabilitation programs were made more effective.

The types of cryotherapy can be classified based on the type of illness that the person is suffering from, there are five types which include the following:

• Cryotherapy for prostrate
• Cervical cryotherapy
• Cryotherapy for heart surgery
• Lungs cryotherapy

Apart from these there are some main types of cryotherapy treatments which are as follows:

• Internal cryotherapy
• Instant ice pack therapy
• Partial body therapy
• Ice pack therapy
• Whole body cryotherapy

What are the various risks and side effects that are involved with this treatment?

The most common side effects that are experienced by numerous people are said to be numbness, redness and irritation of the skin. These side effects are considered to be temporary ones. In case these side effects persist for more than 24 hours you will need to get immediate medical help from your doctor. The therapy time shouldn’t exceed the time that has been allotted. If any person has diabetes or some other conditions that might end up affecting their nerves, they should avoid the cryotherapy.