Today, not only hospitals provide this service. You can also undergo a cryotherapy treatment in a spa center.
What is Cryotherapy?
Cryotherapy includes the use of low temperatures for medical purposes. It can be partial and general.
The procedure consists of exposing a patient to extremely cold air (-100°C to -160°C) for a duration of two to four minutes. The air needs to be dry to avoid frostbite and other cold-related injuries. Therefore, the majority of cryotherapy providers use liquid nitrogen.
Today, not only hospitals provide this service. You can also undergo a cryotherapy treatment in a spa center. Conditions cryotherapy can help you with include:
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Muscle soreness
- Metabolism problems
- Immune system deficiency
- Muscle strains
- Back pain
Debunking Myths Regarding Cryotherapy
Cryotherapy may seem like a trend, but in reality this treatment method has been around for the last 40 years. The fact that cryotherapy has been around for almost half a century says enough. It works.
Here are some of the most common misconceptions and myths regarding cryotherapy.
Myth Number 1: Cryotherapy is Dangerous
False! If applied properly (at the recommended temperature and duration) it is completely safe. Also, clients wear protective socks, shorts, gloves, and face masks to avoid frostbite and the inhalation of cold air. Additionally, nitrogen is not a toxic gas.
Myth Number 2: Only One Treatment is Enough to See the Results
Going to only one treatment can be beneficial. However, the majority of spa centers offer packages of several treatments for maximum results, especially if you suffer from a muscle injury.
Myth Number 3: Cryotherapy is Not a Scientifically Proven Treatment Method
Given the fact that whole body cryotherapy is a relatively new treatment method, it is still undergoing scientific research. However, what we do know is that according to scientific studies, it increases the number of white blood cells, reduces inflammation, muscle soreness, and also eases the negative effects of injuries.
Myth Number 4: Cryotherapy is the Same Thing as an Ice Bath
Ice bath treatment usually lasts five times longer than a cryotherapy session. Cryo chambers use liquid nitrogen that is completely dry. Therefore, cryotherapy does not cause frostbite. Ice baths, on the other hand, can cause cold-related injuries.
Myth Number 5: I Will Get Sick if I Go to a Cryotherapy Treatment
Au contraire! One of the benefits of cryotherapy is an immune system boost which then helps you fight back against colds. It is a common misconception that cold weather causes colds. Only a virus or bad bacteria can do that. What happens is this – when it is cold outside, we tend to spend more time indoors. These warm spaces then become a fertile environment for germs. Most viruses and bacteria hate low temperatures!
Myth Number 6: If I Am Claustrophobic, I Cannot Go to a Treatment
Of course, you can! Some cryo chambers are quite spacious, like saunas, while others are smaller. Whatever the case may be, your head is never in the chamber. Given all the facts, there is little chance that your claustrophobia will kick in during the treatment.
Myth Number 7: Only Rich People Can Afford it
Another false claim! Cryotherapy may have been costly in its early stages, restricting it to celebrities and professional athletes, but now it is affordable for us common folk. Cryo Australia, for example, charges $80 for a single treatment, while the price of a package varies from $160 to $600 depending on the number of sessions.
The main reason for this misbelief is that many celebrities use cryotherapy. Some of them are Jennifer Aniston, Demi Moore, Lebron James, Jessica Alba, Kate Moss, Kobe Bryant, Floyd Mayweather, Tony Robbins, Shaquille O’Neal, Hugh Jackman, and many more.
Myth Number 8: It is Only Beneficial to Professional Athletes
All of us and every professional athlete in the world have at least one thing in common—we are human! Therefore, if cryotherapy helps a celebrity get rid of cellulite or an athlete reduce muscle soreness, pain and spasms, it will do the same for you and me. However, undergoing a treatment two times a day is only recommended for professional athletes.
Myth Number 9: Cryotherapy is a Placebo, It Does Not Work
The human mind is complex and little is actually known about how it functions. Through research, scientists have found that a placebo treatment can help people overcome certain physical or psychological symptoms. HOWEVER, this is not the case with cryotherapy. As already mentioned, it can help with pain, muscle soreness, cellulite, arthritis, and many other conditions.
Myth Number 10: Cryotherapy is a Magic Cure
If you are expecting to find a wizard with a magic wand in a cryo chamber that will solve all of your problems, you will definitely be disappointed. Cryotherapy is only one component of treatment, you will also have to undertake other steps to reach your final goal. So if your ambition is to reduce cellulite, you will also have to workout, eat healthy, and drink lots of water in addition to undergoing cryotherapy.
Lebron James claims that cryotherapy has helped him reduce muscle soreness and pain after an intensive workout. He also used this method to recover from his surgeries. Lebron says that one of the biggest pros of this treatment method is that it is not time-consuming, which makes it convenient for someone with a busy schedule.
Floyd Mayweather went even further. He undergoes cryotherapy before and after every fight!
One of the primary recovery methods for Kobe Bryant after his knee surgery back in 2011 was cryotherapy. The Lakers went above and beyond for their MVP because the device that was used for his therapy was not even available in the US at the time.
Cryo Australia is a health and wellness clinic that provides cryosauna therapy and medical expertise to individuals looking to exceed their goals in health and peak athletic performance – it can also help define their beauty. We use next generation recovery technology of whole body cryotherapy; we also combine cryotherapy treatments with personalised physical fitness and nutrition counselling where needed.