Studies suggest that cryotherapy may offer the following benefits:
Cryotherapy can help with muscle pain, as well as some joint and muscle disorders, such as arthritis. It may also promote faster healing of athletic injuries.
Cryotherapy alone will not cause weight loss, but it could support the process. In theory, being cold forces the body to work harder to stay warm. Additionally, cryotherapy helps with muscle pain, it could make it easier to get back to a fitness routine following sore muscles after an intense workout or an injury.
Inflammation is one way the immune system fights infection. Sometimes the immune system becomes overly reactive. The result is chronic inflammation, which is linked to many health conditions such as cancer, diabetes, depression, dementia, and arthritis.
As such, reducing inflammation could also improve overall health and reduce the risk of numerous chronic ailments.
Studies suggest that cryotherapy can reduce inflammation.
If cryotherapy reduces inflammation, it could also reduce the risk of developing dementia.
A 2012 paper puts forward the possibility of cryotherapy being able to reduce the inflammation and oxidative stress associated with dementia, mild cognitive impairment, and other age-related forms of cognitive decline.
Research findings that cryotherapy reduces inflammation suggest that it could treat mental conditions linked to inflammation. Some preliminary research on cryotherapy and mental health also supports this claim.
A 2008 study found that in a third of people with depression or anxiety, cryotherapy reduced symptoms by at least 50 percent. This was a much greater reduction than in people who did not undergo cryotherapy.
The chronic inflammatory skin condition known as eczema can cause intensely itchy patches of dry skin. A 2008 study of people with eczema had participants stop using eczema medications. They then tried cryotherapy. Many of them saw improvements in their eczema symptoms.
Cryotherapy may help prevent migraines. In a 2013 study, researchers applied cryotherapy to the necks of people who had migraines. The treatment reduced their pain.
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