Experience the Health Benefits of Cryotherapy at Progressive Pain and Rehabilitation.
Cryotherapy or cold therapy is a treatment approach that uses extremely cold temperatures (typically –200° to –300° F) to stimulate the healing processes within your body. The whole body cryotherapy exposes your entire body to freezing temperatures for several minutes, while localized cryotherapy can target a specific area such as your neck or joint.
People report several cryotherapy benefits, including fewer migraines, improved mood, decreased pain, and clearer skin. So, is this procedure safe? And what does science say about cryotherapy benefits and risks?
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What Are the Benefits of Cryotherapy?
Cryotherapy is relatively new, so preliminary studies and anecdotal evidence are the only evidence we have on efficacy. Here are some of the effects you can expect after the treatment.
Reduced Migraine Intensity
Studies show that localized cryotherapy in the neck area can reduce the intensity of migraines. The treatment helps cool blood going into the brain and numbs nerves in the neck area. This approach reduces pain intensity, but research is yet to show whether it could eliminate it. Anecdotal evidence from cryotherapy practitioners says yes.
Decreased Muscle Pain and Faster Recovery
Athletes commonly use cryotherapy to improve muscle recovery after intense exercises and reduce healing time after an injury. The main reason is that it can numb the pain, reduce inflammation, and stimulate processes essential for repairing damaged tissues. 
Inflammation is a signal that your body is fighting something. It can occur when you have an injury, acute illness, or some other chronic condition. Cryotherapy decreases oxidative stress that damages the cells and reduces inflammation, significantly improving well-being and healing abilities. [3, 4]
However, most studies so far have been performed on rats, and we need some clinical research that confirms the findings of animal model studies.
Our patients use cryotherapy every day, and we can directly observe its effects on them. The main benefit is a significant change in mood and energy levels.
The extreme cold can induce hormonal changes in our bodies, such as the release of endorphins, noradrenalin, and adrenaline. These chemicals positively affect our mood and well-being, and some studies even propose cryotherapy as part of the treatment for anxiety and depression. 
Alleviated Arthritis Symptoms
Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder that causes pain, swelling, and stiffness in the joints. People with this chronic condition often have problems finding the proper treatment to manage the symptoms. And it seems like cryotherapy could help.
Research shows that whole-body cryotherapy could induce short-term pain-reducing effects, which could be beneficial for better management of this condition. 
Potential for Preventing Cognitive Decline
Researchers discuss the possibility of using cryotherapy to reduce cognitive decline. Because this approach has anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidative effects, it could help slow down cognitive decline and the development of dementia.  However, we need more research to confirm these effects and enlist cryotherapy in the standard management and prevention of Alzheimer’s disease.
Improved Skin Health
Research shows that cryotherapy can help improve skin conditions such as atopic dermatitis.  The treatment increases antioxidant levels and reduces inflammation, which plays a vital part in easing the symptoms of these conditions and improving skin health.
Studies in mice highlight the potential of cryotherapy for treating acne. 
Is Cryotherapy Safe?
Some mild side effects may include skin burns, change in blood pressure, redness, skin irritation, numbness, and tingling sensation. However, these are only temporary and usually resolve on their own within a few hours.
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