Frequently Asked Questions
What is Cryotherapy or Cold Therapy?
Cryotherapy literally is also called Cold Therapy that means a technique that exposes the body to extremely cold temperatures for several minutes.
Cryotherapy can be done to one area of the body or even the whole body. Localized cryotherapy can be done in various ways such as ice massage, ice packs, coolant sprays, ice baths or even probes that can be administered into the tissues.
During Cryotherapy on the whole body, it is immersed into extremely cold air for several minutes and few health benefits can be received. The temperature falls between -200 to -300℉ and the individual is to stay in this ultracool temperature for 2 to 4 minutes.
Just one Cryotherapy can also be beneficial but it’s most effective is seen when used regularly.
Few athletes use Cryotherapy twice daily whereas others use cryotherapy daily for 10 days and then once a month.
What are the benefits of Cryotherapy?
The following are the benefits of Cryotherapy:
- Muscle healing and pain relief
- Weight loss
- Reduces inflammation
- Prevents dementia
- Prevents and treats cancer
- Reduces anxiety, depression, and stress
- Reduces symptoms of eczema
- Treats migraine headaches
- Numbs the nerve irritation
What are the safety and expectations of Cryotherapy?
- Some people undergo cryo facial whereas others use cryotherapy to target specific areas such as painful joints.
- This is a non-medical treatment similar to a spa setting.
- Doctors also use cryotherapies such as to freeze off warts or cancerous cells.
- As cryotherapy is unpleasant in the beginning but the body adjusts to the temperature with each treatment.
- During pregnancy, children, and people with high BP or with heart conditions should not undergo Cryotherapy.
- Cryotherapy treatment if carried out for more than the recommended time can be fatal.
- While undergoing cryotherapy an individual should never sleep.
What are the tips and guidelines for Cryotherapy?
- It is always a good idea to consult a doctor before undergoing Cryotherapy.
- While receiving cryotherapy on the whole-body, individuals should wear loose, dry clothes and should get socks and gloves as well to be protected against frostbite. During the therapy to keep the blood flowing, one should keep moving.
- For Cryosurgery few topics are discussed with the patient by the doctor beforehand such as no to eat or drink before 12 hours of the surgery, etc.
What are the risks associated with Cryotherapy?
The most common risks associated with Cryotherapy are:
- Skin irritation
Cryotherapy shouldn’t be used longer than its recommended time. The whole-body cryotherapy should only be done for 2 to 4 minutes whereas localized ice packs should be used no longer than 20 minutes. The icepack should be wrapped in a towel and used to avoid damage to the skin.
The individuals who are diabetic or any other condition that alters the nerves should avoid cryotherapy as the feeling of full effect may not be experienced and can lead to nerve damage.
What is the outline of Cryotherapy?
- The evidence from the studies suggests that cryotherapy is beneficial in various ranges of concerns such as skin aging, fat loss, prevent chronic disease, etc.
- However, until further studies to claim the effectiveness, it is impossible to determine the accuracy of Cryotherapy treatment.