Let’s Kick Some Ice: The History of Cryotherapy

Lets Kick Some IceThe History of CryotherapyThe name is Greek in origin and translates to cold cure. It is the very basis of ice packs to injured areas used daily in emergency rooms worldwide. The first documented use began in the seventeenth century and the positive results have kept in play in today’s medical world.

Consider the bodies response to applied cold packs, they not only reduce the pain they limit inflammation and swelling of the site. How? Simply put, cold reduces enzymatic actions and oxygen requirements. This slows the nerve conduction telling the brain you have pain, it causes the release of endorphins and it causes vasoconstriction which reduces the blood flow alleviating swelling and bleeding. Often times this is all the body needs to begin healing itself.  Lets Kick Some IceThe History of CryotherapySince the early 1970’s whole body cryotherapy has found its place in the healing of skin disorders, reducing muscle soreness for athletes, and is commonly used to limit and reduce headache pain. The latest use has expanded to include weight loss and skin tightening almost like a facelift. Research has shown that cryotherapy is not only safe it actually helps muscles repair themselves in short periods.

Cryotherapy has been used in surgical procedures such as laparoscopic and skin cancer for years. Internal and external applications continue to multiply as some surgeons have claimed success with patients suffering from cancer, especially in the liver.

From cold therapy clinics to spas the use of whole body cryotherapy has gained in popularity. One session is credited with burning up to 750 calories or more, speeding up fat disbanding and improving psoriatic skin disorders. Additionally claims of stress relief, insomnia and a noticeable boost in energy all come along as bonuses.Lets Kick Some IceThe History of CryotherapyNow about facelifts, how is it possible to get tighter skin from freezing? It sounds reasonable when you understand how it works. The cold stimulates the body to produce collagen, something that is lost with the normal aging process. There is no recovery period as there is no damage to the skin and the results are absolutely natural in appearance. It improves the elasticity and lasts for a very long time.

The dangers of cryotherapy have not changed over the years. Localized therapy sessions are closely monitored by professionals to prevent frostbite and that is the worst known side effect so far. When whole body therapy is employed, the eyes must be covered with protective wear to prevent burns. It’s worth a try, especially when you consider the cost savings.

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