Everything about Cryotherapy The process of using cold temperatures as a means of therapy for health benefits is called cryotherapy. It was in 1700s that application of cold compresses to muscle spasms helped reduce the pain, and from then on other significant findings on cold therapy treatment came about, such as improve health and recovery and slow aging process. It was in Japan in the 1970s that the cold temperature therapy was further improved by putting the whole body into a special chamber using liquid nitrogen and was called cryotherapy. Another process of cold temperature application is performed in a surgical setting where extreme cold temperature is applied to kill diseased tissues, such as cancer, and this process is known as cryoablation, while other cold applications are done to injured body parts to reduce inflammation. Furthermore, other cold temperature applications make use of ice baths or known as thermogenesis to regulate hormones and increase the leptin levels which is related to weight loss. Faster recovery from exercise, a boost in the immune system, increased energy and metabolism, reduced inflammation, treats nerve conditions are the major benefits of whole body cryotherapy.
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Some studies show that application of WBC to delay the onset muscle soreness among athletes has proven effective that this application is now being referred to as a cold sauna, although some researchers the validity of these studies. Cryotherapy has also found ground in boosting the immune system through increase of the leptin level, which was found to increase once the body is subjected to WBC.
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It was also found out that WBC can cause the release of catecholamines, adrenaline and noradrenaline, as well as other neuro-peptides, and, thereby, increasing energy and metabolism in the body. In clinical settings, doctors have also seen the beneficial effects of cryotherapy to help inflammatory conditions, like rheumatoid arthritis and chronic pain conditions. Nerve conditions, such as benign nerve growths (neuromas) and pinched nerves (nerve entrapments) can also be treated using cryotherapy. Another medical procedure which makes use of cryotherapy is called cryosurgery. Cryosurgery is applied using extreme cold temperature to destroy abnormal tissues like tumors. The procedure uses liquid nitrogen or carbon dioxide or argon at a very low temperature of -346 degrees F and -320 degrees F, wherein at this temperature level freezes anything that is in contact with it. There are illnesses, like cancers or precancerous lesions on the skin, and liver diseases, are better treated with cryosurgery than using conventional surgery, which is risky to do so. Cryosurgery is also performed in the treatment of recurring cancer. When an internal area in the body is going to be treated with cryosurgery, the surgeon will first use a scope, which is a flexible tube that can fit into openings in te body, such as urethra, rectum, or a surgical incision. Through an imaging equipment, the location of the area where the target cells are found is detected, afterwards, liquid nitrogen is fed into the area where the effect of the extreme low temperature freezes and kills these cells and later absorbed by the body.