Cryotherapy for Inflammation—Does it Actually Work?

What is inflammation?

Inflammation is one of the main ways in which the body protects itself. When a foreign substance enters the body, it kicks into high gear, fighting off the invader. This can cause inflammation in the form of fever, or the redness and swelling we experience after spraining or breaking a limb.

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Acute inflammation vs. chronic inflammation
Acute inflammation

Acute inflammation is your body’s natural response to harmful pathogens. If you sprain your ankle and it becomes inflamed for a few weeks—it’s acute inflammation.

This type of inflammation can actually be a good thing! It can help your body heal after injury. Acute inflammation, that is.

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Chronic inflammation

Chronic inflammation is a different story. It’s not a good thing.

Long-term inflammation is at the source of so many debilitating diseases and conditions including arthritis, asthma, autoimmune conditions, diabetes, heart disease, and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)—to name a few. Today, the world is plagued by chronic low-grade inflammation due to less-than-optimal diet and lifestyle choices. This inflammation is slowly destroying our bodies.

Often, a person will suffer from unspecific symptoms that he or she may not even realize are due to inflammation. People who eat a lot of processed and oily foods are fanning the flame. An anti-inflammatory diet consists of fresh produce, lean proteins, and plenty of omega-3 fatty acids.

Living an anti-inflammatory lifestyle will facilitate and regulate the immune system, keeping the body at its fittest and healthiest.

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What can you do in order to live an anti-inflammatory life?
  • Eat an anti-inflammatory diet
  • Get 7 hours of sleep per night
  • Don’t buy products with parabens and fragrances/phthalates
  • Try cryotherapy

If you’re suffering from an inflammatory condition and your body feels achy and weak—or you have inflammation due to in injury—cryotherapy may just be the perfect remedy.

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What is Cryotherapy?

Cryotherapy is not a new concept. The use of very low temperatures to ease pain and reduce inflammation has been around for centuries. In fact, according to Bulletproof staff, “the ancient Romans would take plunges in frigidarium baths and the Nords would crack open icy lakes for a winter swim.” (source: Whole body cryotherapy as we know it today was developed by a Japanese professor in 1978 to treat rheumatoid arthritis.

So—ice and low temperatures to reduce inflammation? Well, it works. After an especially nasty bump on the head or punch in the face, you would apply ice, wouldn’t you?

That’s what cryotherapy is—but for the whole body. Turns out whole body cryotherapy in a cryotherapy chamber, where temperatures reach a chilling -140° C, or -284° F, can do so much more.

When used in conjunction with other therapies, like physical therapy, for patients who suffer from chronic pain conditions (e.g. fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis), it can make other therapies and activities more manageable.

If you try cryotherapy for acute inflammation, it will reduce pain and speed up the recovery process after a muscle injury.

Cryotherapy for chronic inflammation can significantly increase a person’s quality of life by reducing the constant pain and discomfort they experience daily.