4 Pros and Cons of Cryotherapy

pros and cons of cryotherapy

Before going for cryotherapy you must read following pros and cons of cryotherapy

Cryotherapy is a form of therapeutic treatment that uses extremely cold temperatures to improve an individual’s physical and mental health and to heal certain conditions. Whole-body cryotherapy is performed in a cryo-chamber. The body is exposed to near-freezing temperatures that lie in the range of -200 to -300 degrees Celsius. This treatment is performed for a few minutes. 

Scientific studies reveal that sudden exposure to cold temperatures bears positive results for the body such as reduction in inflammation, healing of atopic dermatitis, and relief from bodily pain. Cryotherapy is gaining a lot of popularity amongst athletes and celebrities. If you are unsure about the procedure, read the following list of pros and cons to make an informed decision. 

Pros of Cryotherapy

It is Quick to Perform and Does Not Take A Lot of Time

  • Unlike other cosmetic procedures, cryotherapy does not take more than 2-3 minutes to complete. During these crucial moments, exposure to cold temperatures prompts an inflammation reduction response and repairs damaged tissues. The cryo-chamber is filled with liquid nitrogen which has a very low melting point of -209.9°C, hence it keeps the chamber cold in a liquid state. 

The effects of cryotherapy are somewhat similar to taking an ice bath. However, cryotherapy is performed in much less time, making it possible to fit it into a hectic schedule. 

It Improves Blood Circulation in The Body

  • A potential benefit of cryotherapy is that it results in increased circulation of blood in the body. The rationale behind cold temperature and improved blood circulation is that when the body is exposed to extreme cold, it prompts the body to go into survival mode, conserving energy and directing it at the most crucial organs. 

When you step out of the chamber at normal room temperature, the blood takes its normal course but at increased speed. Going into survival mode excites the body and causes a rush of adrenaline and endorphins. This also results in elated mood and sharper focus and cognitive functions. 

  • One important precaution is that caffeine and other stimulants should not be consumed before the procedure. Overstimulation can have a negative effect.  

Cons of Cryotherapy

It Can Be An Uncomfortable Experience for Many People

  • Due to the exposure to extreme cold, cryotherapy can be uncomfortable for some people. The 2-3 minutes spent in the cryo-chamber can seem like an eternity. Some people have reported that extreme cold causes a burning sensation to the skin and they feel that their skin is on fire. This feeling is particularly prominent during the first couple of sessions when both the mind and the body are unprepared to handle the cold.

During the procedure, technicians try to keep your mind busy and distract you from the immense feeling of cold. However, your own willpower is what will get you to the end of the treatment successfully. 

The Feeling of Cold Lingers for 20-30 Minutes, Post-Treatment

  • The treatment lasts for 120-180 seconds tops. However, the lingering feeling of cold does not subside for another 20-30 minutes. You will need some time to be normal and resume day-to-day activities. Another thing to bear in mind is that there is no surefire way of predicting the body’s response to cryotherapy.

Some people reported enhanced levels of energy and wellness for the rest of the day. While others reported tiredness, fatigue, and a need to take a long nap after the treatment. It will take a couple of sessions to know for sure the immediate effect of cryotherapy on the body. 

  • For more information on cryotherapy and cryosculpting, contact Missoula Wellness and Medispa. We offer multiple cosmetic treatments in Missoula, MT, and nearby areas. Call us at 940-218-4016.