What is this therapy you speak of? Well, just like when you sprain an ankle and you have to go through with the RICE (rest, ice, compress, elevate) method. Cryotherapy is the ice portion of therapy. Also called cold therapy, cryotherapy is a therapy where your body is exposed to extremely cold temperatures for a very short period. I’m no scientist or anything but I know a little something. Just like a sprain ankle, inflammation occurs. Ice will help numb that pain and reduce swelling by constricting the blood vessels. This same concept goes for cryotherapy and how it can benefit those with rheumatoid arthritis. Now the gag is immersing your body in these extreme conditions will promote a number of health benefits. With the extreme cold temperatures it can decrease inflammation in joints and muscles. It can also help in healthy skin cell growth.
It was said that the process was invented in 1978 by Toshima Yamauchi, a Japanese medical doctor who was seeking a treatment for rheumatoid arthritis. I thought, why not give it a try. So I finally took a day trip to a local place in Chicago called The CryoBar. Really boutique service business who specializes in cryotherapy. Here is how my experience went…
We are required to where socks and gloves provided by staff. This will ensure your fingers and toes don’t freeze in the process. The session was only 3 minutes. My nerves were intense getting into that chamber. Over time I started to feel the cold sensation on my legs. My upper body didn’t get hit as hard, but definitely felt it. It was like numbing but slightly uncomfortable feeling. Shortly after, I felt my body slowing warm back up, giving me an instant energy boost. I definitely felt better. Definitely didn’t come out with the aches I came in there with. Overall, I felt great and it lasted until the next day.
Would You Go Again?
I would do it again. They say in order to the get the maximum benefits, you should go more often. So I will make sure to add these sessions in the weekly schedule. If I see more benefits, I will definitely update you all in the near future. I think adding alternative methods to your daily regimen can help improve mobility and range of motion. With rheumatoid arthritis overtime your range of motion and mobility depletes, so therapies like cryotherapy and even infrared sauna can over time help with that.
Gurus, would you try cryotherapy? What other therapies has helped you with pain relief and inflammation?