Whole Body Cryotherapy for Pain, Inflammation, Anxiety & Depression

Rheumatoid Arthritis has been treated using Whole Body Cryotherapy since the 1970s. In light of the positive responses to this treatment, several studies have been conducted to determine why and how Whole Body Cryotherapy works to not only reduce inflammation and aid in pain management, but to also relieve symptoms associated with depression and anxiety. This blog post was designed to review the anti-inflammatory and emotional benefits of Whole Body Cryotherapy.

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Whole Body Cryotherapy Lowers Inflammation and Relieves Pain

For years, research has shown the positive effects of Whole Body Cryotherapy on classical markers of exercise-induced muscle damage and inflammation obtained after strenuous exercise. Most of this research tracks improvement in immune cell responses and C-Reactive Protein (CRP) levels because they are reliable indicators of acute performance deterioration, muscle damage and/or inflammation evaluated in the general population and in athletes.

Findings show that even with only one single exposure to Whole Body Cryotherapy there is a significant decrease in inflammation after strenuous exercise and a significant reduction in immune cell markers (IL-1β, IL-1ra) and CRP. Research has also shown that this decrease in inflammation continues even 48 hours after exercise.

Whole Body Cryotherapy Makes You Feel Great, Improves Focus and Memory

Research has also shown that Whole Body Cryotherapy helps to release catecholamines, which are hormones, like endorphins and norepinephrine. Endorphins trigger a positive feeling in the body. They are usually released following a run or a workout, and often described as a “euphoric” feeling, commonly known as the “runner’s high”. Similarly, norepinephrine helps you feel energized, but also promotes retrieval of memory and helps you to focus better.

Since Whole Body Cryotherapy significantly stimulates endorphins and norepinephrine, it has been concluded that the frequent increase in these hormones can help alleviate pain. What researchers actually found was the endorphins and norepinephrine act as analgesics, and have an opioid affect, which mean they diminish the perception of pain. The difference – opioid drugs are addictive, Whole Body Cryotherapy is not!

Whole Body Cryotherapy Improves Symptoms Associated With Depression and Anxiety

Based on this hormonal release, researchers wanted to know if Whole Body Cryotherapy could be used to treat depression and anxiety disorders. After several studies, Whole Body Cryotherapy has been shown to significantly improve depression and anxiety symptoms – with one study indicating a decrease of at least 50% of both depression and anxiety symptoms.

Conclusion

Basically, the biochemical and physiological mechanisms promoted by Whole Body Cryotherapy is associated with a decrease in inflammation, and an increase in certain hormones which triggers a positive feeling in the body, alleviating pain, while helping you feel energized, clear and focused. Since Whole Body Cryotherapy provides pain relief and regulation of biological rhythms, common symptoms which accompany emotional disorders, researchers conclude that Whole Body Cryotherapy is a safe adjunctive treatment for not only inflammation, but also for anxiety and depression.

What To Expect At Beyond Cryotherapy

Following a Whole Body Cryotherapy session, you can expect to experience a positive and energizing outlook on life, while reducing pain, and inflammation. Visit Beyond Cryotherapy for more information on the many benefits of Whole Body and Local Cryotherapy.

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Research:

https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0022748

https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00365510701516350

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4631852/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2734249/