More and more patients are enjoying the incredible benefits of cryotherapy at our Oklahoma City, OK, practice. Reduced inflammation, cell rejuvenation, and overall improved health are just a few of the benefits it can have on patients. The treatment is especially advantageous for athletes, since it can help to ease sports injuries and improve athletic performance. Cryotherapy sessions can have important emotional and mental benefits, as well. When you undergo cryotherapy at Sculpted Medical Spa & Cryotherapy Center with Dr. Evelyn Lorents, you are in the hands of a highly experienced professional who employs state-of-the-art technology.
Cryotherapy: An Overview
Cryotherapy is an innovative freezing treatment. For your session, you will enter a special chamber, cooled by liquid nitrogen, for three minutes. In that short amount of time, the air will lower the skin temperature of your extremities to between 30 and 50 degrees Fahrenheit. This will constrict your blood vessels and increase blood flow to your organs.
When you step out of the chamber, blood will immediately begin flowing back into your limbs. You can undergo cryotherapy treatment more than once. In fact, you may experience optimal benefits with repeated applications. Dr. Lorents will help you determine the number and frequency of your office visits.
Cryotherapy and Health
Cryotherapy can help to treat or ease a number of health conditions. These include:
- Chronic fatigue
- Certain cancers
- Autoimmune diseases, like rheumatoid arthritis
- Multiple sclerosis
- Chronic pain syndrome
- Degenerative joint or disc disease
- Visible scars and other skin blemishes
Additionally, the treatment may help you to lose or maintain weight by increasing your metabolism. Typically, you will burn between 500 to 800 calories per session.
Reduce and Eliminate Pain
Inflammation is one of the most common reasons that patients undergo cryotherapy. Applying ice to a bump or bruise can ease pain and swelling. Cryotherapy takes this basic principle and applies it to your whole body, allowing larger scale healing to occur. When your outer blood vessels constrict, it will increase nutrients in your blood stream.
The cold temperature will stimulate the vagus nerve, which some scientists believe is linked to chronic inflammation.
Once blood begins flowing in these areas again, it will initiate the body’s healing process. Cryotherapy will increase white blood cell count, further stimulating healing. Finally, the cold temperature will stimulate the vagus nerve, which some scientists believe is linked to chronic inflammation.
Because of these effects, cryotherapy is particularly appropriate for athletes. Those recovering from a sports injury may experience faster healing, and can return to their normal activities more quickly. Even uninjured athletes may enjoy reduced muscle soreness and improved performance.
Improve Quality of Life
Along with the physical benefits, cryotherapy can also improve your mood. It will stimulate your central nervous system, causing an increase in endorphins. These neurotransmitters promote feelings of happiness.
Cryotherapy will also lower cortisol levels, a hormone that can cause anxiety. Finally, as previously mentioned, cold temperatures will stimulate the vagus nerve, which is responsible for promoting relaxation, among other functions.
Schedule Your Session
Cryotherapy can address an incredibly diverse range of issues At the same time, it is non-invasive and involves no recovery time. Schedule your appointment today to learn more about the benefits of cryotherapy.