Benefits and Risks to Using Cryogenic Chamber
The practice of cryotherapy (using cryogenic chamber) involves using very low temperatures to treat a variety of conditions from injuries to weight loss. There are several different ways that this type of therapy can be done. One common method is where a probe is inserted in the tissue of a specific area of the body. Then, the temperature of the probe is quickly lowered, which results in this area to become frozen. One other common cryotherapy is approach is where you use a “cryogenic chamber” or “cryo-spa,” where the temperature has been decreased through the use of refrigerated air in combination with liquid nitrogen. The patient then removes their clothes and steps inside of the chamber, wearing as little as possible. They stand around for a few minutes and then emerge.
Using Cryogenic ChambersHow does cryotherapy work? Cryotherapy makes you extremely cold. That is, it makes you so cold that your nerve endings are numbed, tissue is frozen at the cellular level, and cells are destroyed. You are so cold that you have convinced your body that it’s dying. While this may sound awful, the truth is that the results are often very clear pain relief and health benefits.
- Health benefits You’ve been told, probably most of your life, that the effects of the cold can be detrimental to your body. However, the precise application/timing of cryotherapy can produce several health benefits that you can put to great use. Of course, as with any other method of treatment, you are going to want to speak with your physician before using cryotherapy for your condition. If your physician agrees that this type of treatment is appropriate for you, you can expect to go through the following:
- Relief from pain When it comes to nerve pain, it is typically quite intense, and can often be resistant to other techniques often used for pain relief. However, a cryotherapy probe can be used to freeze a nerve, making it numb. Of course, cryotherapy probes are most effective for conditions that stem from a single nerve ending. This typically indicates benign growths in the nerve, or neuromas, or entrapment of the nerve. Whole-body cryotherapy is best for easing the pain and discomfort of arthritis. While the cold is not exactly precise enough to freeze a single nerve, it can relieve the pain that is a result of inflammation. This is what appeals to athletes who want to relieve the soreness of their muscles/joints that typically set in, especially after a hard practice. The vasoconstrictive properties that are the result of the colder temperatures have been proven to last for some time, which is the reason why ice packs are typically used for relief of inflammation. Plus, whole-body cryotherapy is much more comfortable than an ice bath.
- Prevention/treatment of some cancers Did you know that cryotherapy is effective for freezing cells, even cancer cells, which kills them? While this form of treatment has typically been used for cancers such as skin or cervical, and some precancerous conditions, cryotherapy can also be used to treat other conditions such as prostate, kidney, and lung cancers. When a physician is using cryotherapy to treat precancerous/cancerous conditions, they place cryotherapy probes when the site is deep in the body. However, if the area that is affected by the cancer is more accessible, such as on the skin, the physician may use a cotton swab to apply liquid nitrogen. No matter what application is used, the results end up being the same; the area is frozen and the cancerous cells are killed. Of course, as with any other condition, some individuals may need multiple treatments for the cryotherapy to be completely effective.
- Weight loss When you are undergoing cryotherapy, your body is undergoing an extreme, sudden change in temperature. Your natural metabolic rate will go into overdrive to try to keep you warm, which causes you to burn more calories. Of course, the effectiveness of this therapy being used for weight loss has not yet been proven through scientific research, so it’s based solely on personal experiences.