If you’re looking for a way to recover faster from an injury or surgery — or simply want to cool off fast — try cryotherapy at Vanguard Spine & Sport in Houston, Texas. The integrated medical team offers cryotherapy and other recovery services to help you overcome injuries, pain, and inflammation without the need for medication or surgery. To try cryotherapy for yourself, call or book a visit online at Vanguard Spine & Sport today.
Cryotherapy is a form of natural cold therapy that exposes the whole body to extreme cold for a brief period of time to stimulate an anti-inflammatory response. Cryotherapy originated in Japan and has been studied worldwide for many years. Current research has found that cryotherapy:
Cryotherapy is recommended for healthy adults. The Vanguard team can help you determine if cryotherapy is right for you based on any injuries or surgeries you’ve experienced, your lifestyle, and your overall health.
Exposure to extreme cold temperatures—between -148 and -220 degrees Fahrenheit—for two to five minutes triggers thermoreceptors in your skin that signal your brain to think you are freezing. Your brain then responds by increasing blood flow throughout your body to maintain a safe body temperature.
Since cryotherapy is brief, there is no real risk of freezing, though your skin may be irritated for a day or two after treatment if your skin is sensitive to cold. Once blood flow increases throughout your body, it flushes out any lactic acid or other waste byproducts in your muscles that cause soreness and inflammation.
Increased blood flow also increases the spread of red blood cells, oxygen, collagen, and other essential nutrients which can heal tissues on a cellular level. This is why cryotherapy can have a global effect on the health of your muscles, joints, and skin.
If the Vanguard Spine & Sport team recommend cryotherapy for your condition, you first change into appropriate clothing—often athletic gear or a bathing suit and a robe—before entering the whole body cryotherapy chamber. The chamber is a freestanding unit that looks similar to a small shower stall with a sealable door to hold in the cold air.
Once you’re in the chamber, the team turns on the cold air vents and blasts you with cold air for a few minutes. If you’re uncomfortable at any time, you can let the team know, and they immediately stop the cold air flow. After your timed session is complete, you exit the chamber and get dressed privately.
You’ll feel cold for a few minutes until your blood flow increases enough to re-warm your body to a normal temperature.
If you want to try cryotherapy, schedule a visit online or call Vanguard Spine & Sport to set up an appointment.