Top 3 Scientifically Proven Benefits of Cryotherapy
Cryotherapy is a quick and effective treatment that can be done in as little as five to ten minutes.
During treatment the temperature in the cryochamber drops down to -240 degrees, causing your blood vessels and muscles to constrict and your blood to flow toward your core. After the session a flow of oxygenated blood returns to your tissues and muscles, bringing many benefits with it as well.
So, what can the treatment do for you? There are many reasons to book a session with Revitalab, but these are the top three scientifically proven benefits of cryotherapy!
1. Cryotherapy Can Aid in Exercise Recovery
This is one of the most popular and well-known benefits of cryotherapy. World-class athletes like Kobe Bryant Lebron James Floyd Mayweather use cryotherapy to aid their recovery after workouts and you should too.
A 2015 study found that when 10 synchronized swimmers went through a period of intense training, cryotherapy “helped mitigate the signs of functional overreaching” that were observed when they didn’t use cryotherapy, like “reduced sleep quantity, increased fatigue, and impaired exercise capacity.”
A second study from 2015 had similar findings, stating that cryotherapy “improves acute recovery during high-intensity intermittent exercise in thermoneutral conditions.”
2. Cryotherapy Can Help Reduce Pain
One study from 2015 followed 80 men with back pain. Half of the group did cryotherapy twice per week, and half did it daily. At the end of the study, the men who did it daily reported significant improvement in their pain, allowing researchers to conclude that “WBC [whole-body cryotherapy] is effective in treating patients with lower back pain.”
3. Cryotherapy Can Help Reduce Anxiety and Depression
Besides just the physical benefits, Cryotherapy can also have a positive effect on mental health. Psychology Today explains that “In non-scientific terms, the idea is that when your body is in -200 degrees, it produces endorphins—sort of like a spinning class on crack.” Along with these ever-important endorphins, cryotherapy can also produce serotonin and improve sleep, both of which lead to better mental health as well.
Scientific studies also back up these claims. A study in 2007 tracked anxiety and depression in two groups, one that did 15 cryotherapy treatments over three weeks, and one that did none. Researchers found that “Cyclic short-term whole-body exposition to extremely low temperatures significantly reduced the severity of depressive and anxiety symptoms and increased the life satisfaction.”
Explore the Benefits of Cryotherapy at Revitalab
Revitalab is your one-stop shop for cryotherapy services in Chicago.
Whether you want local cryotherapy to reduce pain and inflammation in targeted areas, a non-invasive and chemical-free cryofacial, or an immersive full-body experience in our state-of-the-art cryochambers, Revitalab truly has something for everyone.
Cryotherapy can reduce pain, anxiety, and depression and aid in exercise recovery, but that’s not all. Multiple studies have also found that cryotherapy can improve tinnitus, restless leg syndrome, eczema, Rheumatic diseases and much more.
As research continues, the extensive benefits of cryotherapy are only beginning to take shape. Book your first session with us and experience the benefits of cryotherapy today!