Cryotherapy delivers much needed pain relief to patients by decreasing inflammation, improving antioxidants and increasing beta-endorphins. The cold is a natural pain suppressant and many patients have taken part in published studies that high light the use of a series of cryotherapy treatments in a chamber has a positive and significant impact on the reduction of the sensation of pain with an additional benefit in increased function and range of movement in areas that had previously been painful.
The ability to fight illness and disease can be seriously impaired with an immune system that is not fully functional. Studies have highlighted that cryotherapy has a positive impact on the immune system, increasing the white blood cell count, particularly notable is the protein Interleukin-6, that has both pro and anti-inflammatory effects.
Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is an auto immune disease and is characterised by the degeneration of the nerves and the neural network. The disease is induced by oxidative stress. Studies have identified the use of cryotherapy reduces oxidative stress with another highlighting an improvement in functional status and fatigue levels, after a series of treatments in a cryotherapy chamber.
For suffers of chronic diseases such as arthritis, rheumatism and fibromyalgia, living in constant pain is sadly a reality. Studies have shown that the long term application of cryotherapy has a very positive effect. The release of the anti-inflammatory norepinephrine leads to a reduction in short term pain, helping suffers to receive physical therapy that otherwise would be impossible or difficult to bear.
Studies in cryotherapy have highlighted that repeated sessions of cryotherapy have the potential to lead to a substantial increase in the anaerobic capacity of recipients.
Anxiety & depression
Cryotherapy has long been used in many countries to treat anxiety and depression. The flood of endorphins and the long standing state of relaxation, resulting from a cryotherapy treatment has many positive benefits for sufferers. A scientific study found that that one-third of participants reported reduced symptoms of anxiety and depression by as much as 50 percent after undergoing cryotherapy.
The detrimental effects from too little or a broken night’s sleep are well known. Longer term, lack of sleep can have a negative impact on health and wellbeing. A series of cryotherapy treatments can help to regulate the sleep cycle and encourage both a longer sleep period and a better quality of sleep. This can help in so many ways such as energy levels, mood, focus, anxiety, depression and resistance to illness and disease.
People suffering from skin diseases such as eczema and psoriasis have found that the cryotherapy treatment has a good effect. As a skin level application, studies found that a programme of cryotherapy treatments led to reduced dermatitis and water loss from the skin.