Fall is here and winter is coming, but that does not mean you should skip whole-body cryotherapy. And no, the cold weather isn’t a substitute for a whole body cold-therapy session.
Cryotherapy is helpful in any season, but it can be especially helpful in the colder months.
Let us look at some of the ways this natural, drug-free therapy can benefit you this winter.
Beat the winter blues
Do you feel down and out during the winter? Many people experience the “winter blues” which can actually be Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD. There are degrees of SAD, so it may periodically affect you or actually lead to serious depression. Professionals believe it can be caused by a number of factors, like the reduced sunlight and changes to melatonin production during the winter months.
Cryotherapy can help you with SAD and similar “blues” because it can encourage the release of endorphins. Endorphins are a natural chemical produced within the brain and are often called a “happy hormone.” By stimulating the release of endorphins, cryotherapy is known to help anxiety and depression.
Improve your immune system
People go to family gatherings and holiday parties in the winter. As a result, flus and colds are increasingly a problem during the colder months. Many people are also more stressed during this time due to the pressure that comes with work, school, and holiday preparations. Studies have shown that stress can reduce your immune response, making you even more vulnerable to illness.
Cryotherapy can increase the body’s natural healing abilities, boosting your immune system. It also triggers your fight or flight response which results in decreased inflammation throughout your entire body. These are powerful, healing benefits that can help you get through cold and flu season.
Manage pain and skin flare ups
It’s not uncommon for people to experience increased pain from chronic conditions like rheumatoid arthritis when it’s cold and damp. In response, you may move less during the winter which can make the issue worse. Additional issues such as eczema and other skin problems may also flare up in the winter. This is where whole body cryotherapy comes into the picture.