Whole body cryotherapy was developed in 1978, and the benefits have been studied and refined in Europe since that time. Now it is available in the USA by Ageless Cocoons.
A cryosauna lowers a subject’s skin temperature anywhere from 90.5 to 32 degrees (with the environment surrounding the subject at a temperature of about negative 274°F!) for a period of three minutes.
This treatment results in an energy boost and skin rejuvenation. The top layers of the skin react to the cold as a danger signal and send a message to the brain that stimulates all the regulatory functions of the body, producing a review of all areas that may not be functioning to their fullest potential.
In an effort to intensify athletic training even further while shortening recovery time, some elite athletes are taking that concept to the next level – whole body cryotherapy. When the subject’s exterior is cooled to these levels, the immune system is stimulated and every organ in the body is affected positively.
The biochemical processes that occur during this time consume fat and promote the regeneration of muscles, healthy joints, firmer and healthier skin, cellulite reduction and increased libido, while reducing muscle soreness, injury and surgery recovery time, anxiety, depression and fatigue.
A group of Polish scientists took the idea and made a whole body cryotherapy chamber the physical therapy that it is today, triggering the release of endorphins that induce immediate pain relief.
The experience is invigorating and improves a variety of conditions such as psychological stress, insomnia, rheumatism, muscle and joint pain, fibromyalgia, itching and psoriasis. The immediate effect of skin cooling and analgesia lasts for 5 minutes but the release of endorphins can have a lasting effect, the pains and signs of inflammation, as found in blood tests, remaining suppressed for weeks. The effects of extreme cold and endorphin release have been scientifically studied.
Cryotherapy seems to fulfill all necessary conditions for rehabilitation in osteoporosis as well. It has numerous advantages: short application time, well tolerated and quick symptom improvement. In addition, contraindications against cryotherapy are rare. All this makes cryotherapy a method for a broad use in prophylactics and treatment of osteoporosis.
By Lorena Martin