ULTIMATE GUIDE TO CRYOTHERAPY
This is Part of Our Larger Series on Alternative Wellness Therapies, where we will be discussing Cryotherapy, Massage, and Chiropractic.
Cryotherapy (also known as Cold Therapy or Water Therapy) is an umbrella term referring to the application of low temperatures for medical or wellness therapies. For our Reference we will be discussing the noninvasive types used in Spa treatments. However, there are a few different types of Cryotherapy, such as…
- Cryoablation – This is a medical procedure incorporating the use of extreme cold temperatures to destroy diseased tissue. Also, used internally for the destruction of tumors.
- Cryosurgery – Utilized for the destroying diseased or abnormal tissue as well. However, this is typically used externally, such as warts, moles, skin cancer, or other skin issues.
- Non Medical Cryotherapy – This refers to Whole Body Cryotherapy Chambers, Cryotherapy guns for targeted locations of the body, such as muscles and joints, and Cryotherapy wands for facials and beauty.
Some potential benefits for trying Cold therapy is to…
- Recovery from an Injury or Rigorous Exercise.
- Kick-starts the Body’s natural healing process.
- Boosts Metabolism for Weight Loss
- Boosts Levels of Endorphins and Adrenaline
- Mood Enhancement, Lowers Stress Levels
- Reduces Inflammation/Helps flush Lactic Acid from the Muscles
However, this is not a complete list of potential benefits. Some Other users have reported helping with Eczema, and other skin issues, as well as Arthritis, and Premature aging issues.
HOW IT WORKS:
For the Full Body Chamber…
- When you will arrive you will change into the costume the facility has for you.
- You will then be guided into the Machine.
- The machine will reduce the temperature between around -120 to -180 Degrees Celsius. Using a liquid Nitrogen or Electrical system.
- Your blood with rush to your core to keep your organs functioning.
- A treatment will typically last for 1-3 minutes. That’s It, You’re Done!
- For immediate first aid for acute sports injuries.
- Also, used for chronic long term issues.
- Protection of the damaged tissue to prevent further injury.
- Decrease in swelling, constricting the blood vessels.
- Pain relief, by blocking pain signals to the brain.
- Applications include facials, or targeted body parts of the skin.
- Used to slow down the signs of aging, speed up weight loss, and improve complexion.
- Same process as the chamber using freezing temperatures, but uses a Wand for targeting topical areas.
- Can create tighter skin, reduce pore size, leave a glowing complexion.
- Reduction in cellulite/fine lines by stimulating collagen production, & burning of the fat cells.
CAN CBD HELP?
Many people seeking alternative wellness treatments tend to use other all natural, organic remedies, such as Essential oils, CBD Oil ingestibles or topicals, and other healthy options found in nature.
Many users of CBD take it to aid in recovery from exercise or injury. As hemp oil is loaded with a myriad of vitamins and minerals, in addition to Cannabidiol. So it will only help in giving you the nutrients needed everyday for your body to function at its optimal level.
Side Effects that have been reported are minimal at best, and usually temporary. These are typically tingling, numbness, redness, and/or an irritation to the skin. If you have an aversion to cold then this will not be for you.
For medically invasive Cryotherapy then the risks are a bit greater because you are puncturing the skin, even though these are still minimal. More Importantly, it’s always best to discuss it with your Doctor if you have any underlying condition for any use of Cryotherapy.
Overall, Cryotherapy might not work for everyone. But for people who are tired of the routine western medicine “pop a pill” mentality, without addressing the underlying issue, this therapy may be an option. In addition, adding CBD may help with all of your wellness needs.
For many users, Cold Therapy has helped them speed up the healing process from an injury or has helped them in their beauty goals.
As Always, do your due diligence before embarking on any procedure for the best possible outcome, and speak with your Healthcare Professional if you have any underlying medical condition.
COMPLETE GUIDE TO ALTERNATIVE WELLNESS
This is Part of Our Series of Articles on Alternative Wellness Options, where we will be discussing Three Main Areas for options to the conventional thinking of popping a pill or undergoing surgery. We will go into greater detail on each of these options in subsequent articles.
Cryotherapy, Chiropractic, and Massage.
First, we will discuss Non Surgical Cryotherapy or Water Therapy.
- A New Wellness Option, so research is limited as well as potential benefits.
- Is the treatment that involves the use of near freezing or freezing temperatures.
- Could be unpleasant if you abject to cold temperatures.
- Most Popular method is to sit in a chamber for a few minutes. Also, there are Cryotherapy facials and the use of a Cold Wand to target a painful joint.
- A non surgical application for the use in Spas or Dermatology.
- Doctors also used this therapy to remove warts or cancerous cells.
As always discuss with your Doctor before starting with Cryotherapy, but it is generally regarded as safe. In addition, pregnant women, people with high blood pressure, and children should not use Cryotherapy.
Moreover, here we are talking about the use of a chamber for full body coverage. In this application a user will sit in a chamber that encloses the body up to the neck so your brain/head will remain at room temperature. The average time spent is usually between 3-5 minutes.
The premise for whole body Cryotherapy grew from the benefits of an ice pack. As we all know Doctors advise to use an ice pack on injured muscles and joints, and to reduce swelling.
After removal of the ice pack the purpose is hopefully to increase blood flow to the area which will promote pain relief and speed up healing.
A study done in 2000, showed that full body Cryotherapy helped temporarily reduce pain in people with Rheumatoid Arthritis and the effects of intense exercise.
In addition, people are seeking Water therapy for Reducing Inflammation, Weight Loss, Anxiety or Depression, Migraines, and Skin Related Issues like Eczema.
Chiropractic is a licensed profession in the health care industry, and Its main focus or goal is to give the user’s body the ability to heal itself. Treatment involves manual spinal and joint manipulation with short and quick applications of pressure resulting in a cracking sound of the particular body part.
Many think these are bones cracking and make a lot of people hesitate and nervous about going to seek this treatment option.
However, the cracking sound one experiences during adjustments happens because the fluid around the joint builds up in pressure. This cracking is just the air being released from the cushioning material in that particular location of your body.
When the adjustment happens, the fluid changes from a liquid into a gas, making the cracking sound that you hear. This is called Cavitation.
Chiropractic like with Cryotherapy is generally regarded as a safe treatment option. However, if you have any underlying medical issues or injuries in the past it is always best to disclose these before treatment.
Generally, it is regarded as the forerunner to all manual therapies including the ones mentioned above. In a professional setting, a client with lay on a massage table, massage chair, or on a mat on the floor. The one who performs the massage is called a Masseuse.
TYPES OF MASSAGE
- DEEP MASSAGE – Slower and Stronger Strokes to target the deeper layers of tissue and muscles. Used for injuries.
- SWEDISH MASSAGE – No not a hot Swedish Girl giving you a massage. This is a softer, gentle massage incorporating long strokes, vibration, kneading, and circular movements for relaxation.
- TRIGGER POINT MASSAGE – This is a more focused approach, targeting tight or injured muscle fibers to bring blood flow and relaxing of the muscle.
- SPORTS MASSAGE – Similar to a swedish massage but usually used for people involved in athletics or exercising to help in recovery or prevent injuries.
There are Numerous Others, such as Shiatsu, Thai, Aquatic, and Medical massages, but these are the more well-known therapies used by the majority of people.
- Reduced Anxiety/Depression/Stress
- Increased Lymph Circulation
- Lower Blood Pressure
- Quicker Recovery from Exercise/Injury
- Reduction in Inflammation/Swelling/Soreness
- Increased Flexibility
- Strong Immune System
CAN CBD HELP?
Any Organic CBD Oil or CBD Topical application will usually only enhance the benefits of all of these treatment options for you. Many users take CBD in addition to these therapies for recovery of sore muscles and strains.
Overall, we will go deeper into each of these three Wellness Therapies over the next few weeks with more useful information, as well as tips and tricks to get the best possible outcome for you or your loved one.
So if you are struggling with an injury or in pain, and do not want to get the usual pop a pill prescription, maybe try one of these options for your wellness needs.