Cryogenic Chamber Therapy Health Benefits
As medical science advances rapidly it also adapts the best that other sciences have to offer. If you want an example, look no further than cryotherapy, using a cryogenic chamber. You may or may not have heard much about this novel form of medical treatment, but the fact is that it is rapidly gaining popularity due to the health benefits it has to offer.
In this therapy, a patient is placed in a cryogenic chamber for a short period of time, which can be enough to relieve pain at the nerve-level, without actually killing tissue due to the extreme cold. During the procedure, you are given socks, gloves and ear muffs to protect you from frost bite, but you wear nothing but a bathing suit other than that.
Since the chamber is cooled to a temperature of -120 degrees centigrade, you need this protection for survival, even if this is for just three minutes (the optimal time for this therapy).
The benefits of entering the chamber, start with a rapid drop in the temperature of the skin. Usually the temperature of the skin is 12 degrees centigrade on an average while the coldest areas may reach 5 degrees. This results in the release of endorphins, which are hormones which relieve pain fast. This is why the single biggest benefit of a cryogenic chamber is immediate pain relief.
When parts of your body are sore, you apply an ice pack, because the sudden cooling creates a numbing sensation which overrides the pain. Entering the chamber can also work in the same way. If there is a nerve in your body which is causing a lot of pain, it can be desensitized by the effect of the cryogenic chamber. This is why many athletes and pro sportspersons use cryogenic chamber therapy in the process of recovering from injuries or recuperating after a hard season.
This can help in various conditions such as muscle and joint pain due to excess wear and tear and activity, fibromyalgia and psoriasis. The release of endorphins has a long lasting beneficial effect on the body and even inflammations have been seen to reduce quickly.
On the other hand, people suffering from age related problems such as rheumatism or chronic joint pains, can also benefit from spending time in a cryogenic chamber. They are reported to feel reinvigorated and more mobile after therapy in a cryo chamber.
Destruction of cells which may lead to cancer is also a possibility, because the cell cytosol crystallizes at such low temperatures. However, that is usually done by local cryotherapy and not in a cryogenic chamber. Yes, there are various forms of this cryogenic treatment, other than the chamber.
You should note that despite the evident benefits of cryogenic chamber therapy, there are a lot of question marks and risks surrounding this unique treatment method. Hypothermia is a distinct possibility and so is the loss of motor skills due to nerve-numbness. So, if you plan to go in for this therapy, make sure to take the best available medical advice beforehand.