Cryotherapy is a non-invasive treatment that exposes the body to cold temperatures for a short duration for therapeutic benefits. People usually seek out cryotherapy for various reasons, such as muscle recovery, reducing inflammation, and improving skin texture.
At Biohax in Miami, FL, founded by Dr. Marcos De Andrade (“Dr. De”), we employ an individualized approach by using the BIOHAX LONGEVITY PROCESS (BLP) to tailor treatments for maximum human performance and longevity. Dr. De and our medical team aim to push the boundaries of medicine, bringing you advanced treatments like cryotherapy designed to address specific health needs on a cellular level.
What Is Cryotherapy?
Cryotherapy, specifically whole-body cryotherapy, is a medical treatment that involves exposing the entire body to temperatures that are many degrees below zero for two to four minutes. This happens in a controlled environment with the use of liquid nitrogen. It’s a form of treatment that has garnered attention for its wide range of potential health benefits to athletes, arthritis patients, and even MS patients.
What Is Cryotherapy Used For?
Cryotherapy can be used for many different reasons spanning from medical to cosmetic applications. Athletes often opt for this treatment to accelerate muscle recovery and reduce post-workout inflammation. Beyond the athletic realm, cryotherapy has been sought after for its potential to alleviate chronic pain, improve skin texture, and even offer relief from certain skin conditions such as psoriasis.
How Does Cryotherapy Work?
In a cryotherapy session, you step into a specialized chamber that’s cooled using liquid nitrogen. While in the chamber, the extreme cold induces a survival response from your body, causing your blood to flow toward your core as a natural protective mechanism. Upon exiting the chamber, blood rushes back to the extremities, enriched with oxygen and nutrients. This process may be able to flush out toxins and support a range of physiological responses that contribute to the treatment’s various benefits.
What Are the Potential Benefits of Cryotherapy?
Cryotherapy can give you temporary relief from certain forms of pain, including joint pain and muscle soreness. The cold temperatures interact with nerve signals, often leading to decreased pain sensations.
Cryotherapy sessions can accelerate the healing process of muscles by promoting better blood circulation and reducing inflammation. Athletes and fitness enthusiasts commonly use this treatment to recover more quickly from strenuous activities.
While not a substitute for a balanced diet and regular exercise, cryotherapy can complement your weight loss plan. The treatment may increase your metabolic rate for a short time, encouraging the body to burn more calories.
The cold exposure from cryotherapy can reduce inflammation throughout the body. This anti-inflammatory response is helpful for individuals dealing with chronic conditions like arthritis.
Improved Skin Conditions
The potential cryotherapy benefits for your skin are numerous. Cold temperatures may be able to soothe skin irritation and encourage collagen production.
Increased Energy Levels
By opting for whole-body cryotherapy, you can experience a temporary increase in energy levels. Your physiological response to the cold temperatures can give you a natural energy boost.
Boosted Mental Health
Cryotherapy can stimulate the release of feel-good hormones called endorphins, which are the body’s natural mood lifters. Some people may feel more clear-headed and positive after a session.
What Is a Cryotherapy Session Like?
Preparation for Cryotherapy
Before your treatment begins, you’ll be asked to put on thermal gloves and socks to protect your extremities from the cold. Some people wear minimal clothing, like a swimsuit or underwear. Once you’re dressed appropriately, you’ll step into the cryotherapy chamber.
During Your Cryotherapy Treatment
You can expect to be in the cryotherapy chamber for about two to four minutes. It’s normal to feel a tingling sensation on your skin as your body responds to the cold. We will be there to monitor your session and retain open communication with you throughout the treatment.
After Your Cryotherapy Treatment
Upon exiting the chamber, you might notice an immediate feeling of invigoration as your blood circulation increases, and your body will begin to warm up right away. It’s recommended to hydrate well and perhaps engage in some light exercise to further improve blood flow.
Common Questions About Cryotherapy
How Cold Is Cryotherapy?
Cryotherapy sessions involve exposing the body to temperatures ranging between -100°F and -200°F. The temperature is under close and constant supervision.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Cryotherapy?
A broad spectrum of people may find cryotherapy beneficial. Those dealing with muscle soreness, chronic pain, or inflammation could consider this treatment. However, it’s not suitable for everyone; individuals with certain medical conditions like severe hypertension or Raynaud’s disease or those who are pregnant may not be good candidates. Always consult a healthcare provider before starting any new treatment.
What Is the Difference Between Whole-Body Cryotherapy and Targeted Cryotherapy?
Whole-body cryotherapy involves stepping into a chamber that exposes your entire body to the cold. Targeted cryotherapy, on the other hand, uses a handheld device to direct cold air or liquid nitrogen to a specific area of your body. While whole-body cryotherapy aims to stimulate a systemic response, targeted cryotherapy is generally used for more localized issues, such as warts, skin cancer, or localized joint soreness.
How Soon Can I Expect to See the Benefits of Cryotherapy?
The time it takes to see the benefits of cryotherapy varies from person to person. Some individuals report immediate relief or improvements, such as reduced pain or increased energy levels. However, consistent sessions may be required for long-term or more significant benefits. It’s important to consult with us for a personalized treatment plan.
Cryotherapy for Health and Recovery
With cryotherapy’s potential to offer benefits like pain relief, muscle recovery, and more, we are dedicated to providing you with treatments that can suit your body’s unique biochemistry at Biohax in Miami, FL. Our individualized approach is backed by scientific research and advanced protocols. If you’re interested in exploring what cryotherapy can do for you, fill out our online form or give us a call at (786) 689-5667 to schedule your consultation today.