Cryotherapy & Injury Rehab
When injuries happen increased movement of fluid and white blood cells into the area of inflammation cause swelling. The release of chemicals and the compression of nerves in the area of injury cause pain. The pain and swelling often inhibits the injured party from getting back to work, competition, or every day activities.
Cryotherapy in the form of icing has long been used in the treatment of injuries. The use of cold can help to constrict and reduce the swelling and inflammation in the damaged area, relieving pressure and reducing pain. Whole-Body Cryotherapy takes this approach to new heights through the use of nitrogen vapor at temperatures at and below -150 Degrees Fahrenheit.
These extreme temperatures cause vasoconstriction (constricting of veins and blood vessels) during the treatment resulting in blood flowing into the interior of the body. When the session is over vasodilation (dilation of veins and blood vessels) occurs sending enriched blood back to the extremities. This process helps to reduce swelling through lymphatic drainage, reduce inflammation through increased cytokine and enzymatic expression, and provides an analgesic (pain relieving) effect as a result of increased production of endorphins as well as the reduced swelling and inflammation. In addition, the vasoconstriction/dilation process induces increased oxygen and blood flow to injured areas of the body which science has shown to exhibit an enhanced healing effect.