If you have residual joint, back, or neck pain from playing competitive sports during your younger years, you may assume that your only pain relief options are to take over-the-counter medications or to simply learn to live with the discomfort until you're a good candidate for joint replacement or spinal fusion surgery. However, some individuals who are recuperating from joint surgery or dealing with chronic pain have indicated that a fairly new treatment, cryotherapy, has provided them with some relief. Read on to learn more about this treatment process to determine whether it could be a viable long-term option to help you manage your pain.
How does cryotherapy treat pain?
Cryotherapy is the process of inserting a body part (or even your entire body) into a chilled chamber, where you are exposed to dry air temperatures well below freezing. When your body is faced with these chilly conditions, it focuses blood flow to your brain, heart, lungs, and other vital organs, where it can circulate and be cleaned more quickly – then after you exit the cryotherapy chamber, this purified and oxygen-rich blood flows through the rest of your body, increasing your energy levels and diminishing pain and inflammation.
Depending on how your body reacts to your first cryotherapy session, you may find that you only need periodic cryotherapy treatments to provide enough pain relief to regain the ground you've already lost, or you may instead seek this treatment on a regular basis in conjunction with physical therapy, chiropractic treatment, or other alternatives to medication and surgery.
Is this a good option for you?
Not everyone is an ideal candidate for cryotherapy – if you have heart or circulatory issues that could be aggravated by spending any time in ultra-cold temperatures, cryotherapy may pose more risk than benefit. You may also find the process too uncomfortable. Although many cryotherapy patients report an exhilarating rush of endorphins during and after the process, those who tend to feel chilly even when others are comfortable may find that cryotherapy doesn't provide enough pain relief to make braving the cold on a regular basis a worthwhile prospect.
However, if you've already tried other pain relief methods and have been left unsatisfied, cryotherapy may be a viable option. Because it's relatively safe and non-invasive, there's little risk even if you don't find this treatment to be as effective in relieving your pain as it has been for others. Talk with a clinic that offers cryotherapy, such as Ice Cryo, for more information and options.
My name is Shawna Banks and this is a blog that focuses on health issues that affect women. I became interested in women's health when my sister began having medical problems. After her condition worsened, she went to see a doctor. After her diagnosis and successful treatment, I helped her research the different kinds of health conditions that are common in women. By becoming knowledgeable about these types of problems, we can keep ourselves healthier. I hope that when you read this blog, it will help you to identify symptoms that shouldn't be ignored. If necessary, you can schedule an appointment with your physician as soon as possible.