What All You Need to Know About Cryotherapy?

Cryotherapy is a comparatively new treatment used by physicians as a pain management technique. It mainly freezes your pain-causing nerves and also treats some types of cancer. This method safely and effectively reduces nerve irritation.

Because it is a new method of treatment, people do not know much about this process. So, some of the most asked questions related to it have been answered.

What is Cryotherapy?

In Cryotherapy, your body is exposed to extremely cold temperatures that range from -110 degrees Celsius to -180 degrees Celsius for 2 to 3 minutes. You get numerous psychological and biological advantages because of the cold treatment. 

It boosts your immunity, improves your blood circulation, speeds up your muscle recovery, makes your skin glow, and uplifts your mood. Doctors often recommend whole body Cryotherapy to their patients because of its amazing benefits. 

Is Cryotherapy a safe process?

Before your session, the therapist will inform you about all the safety measurements that you must follow. They use liquid nitrogen to chill the chamber. When you enter the chamber, only this chilled air comes in contact with your skin.  

Nitrogen is a safe gas, so exposing yourself to it will not cause any harm. It is more like the air we breathe regularly. Moreover, the chamber only covers up to your neckline, so you are free to breathe normal room air during the treatment. For extra safety, no locks are used on the doors of the chamber.

Is Cryotherapy comfortable?

This therapy is mainly for relaxing. As mentioned above, Cryotherapy has many psychological benefits, one of which is that it calms your mind. The cold is completely tolerable and pain-free. If you are trying this treatment for the first time, the extremely cold temperature may sound discomforting, but you will understand how relaxing it is once you enter the room. 

The dry air makes this treatment relaxing. You only spend 3 minutes in the room, so your treatment is done before you start feeling anything. Near the end of your treatment, you may feel a tingling sensation that goes away once you come out of the chamber.

If someone has claustrophobia, can they opt for this treatment?

Yes, you can opt for cryotherapy treatment even if you are claustrophobic. This first thing is, during the treatment, your head will always be outside of the chamber so you can breathe normally. Moreover, your physician will be with you so you can get help from him. 

The doors of the chamber are never locked, so if you feel any problem, you can step out of the chamber immediately. Apart from all this, the treatment only lasts for 3 minutes, so the time passes before you know it.

What will happen during the treatment?

Because of such cold temperatures, our skin temperature drops down to the point of freezing. All our skin receptors start sending signals to our brain, and our survival instinct kicks in. It stimulates our blood flow and activates the production of natural hormones. 

All the toxins get flushed from our blood due to heavy blood flow. Thus, our body tries to heal itself, and we feel better.

What will happen after the treatment?

Immediately after the treatment, you will feel happier and more energetic. When the natural hormones are released into your body, you feel good instantly. You will also feel less joint pains and more flexibility. Your skin will glow, and you will feel fresh. 

These effects will stay for 24 hours. If you take this treatment continuously, you will see a visible change in your mood, fitness, energy, and weight. 

How many sessions are required to get an effective result?

The required number of sessions depends on the individual. If you are a sports person, you can get this treatment on a weekly basis. It will help you to recover from your muscle pain faster. After a single session, you will feel more energetic, happy, and active.  

But it only lasts for 24 hours. If you are suffering from rheumatism, you should take this treatment for 2 to 3 weeks. So, you should discuss with your therapist before you decide about the number of sessions.

Are there any risks involved with Cryotherapy?

Cryotherapy involves very low risks, and most of us can tolerate it. You may feel a change in blood pressure during this therapy, but everything will become normal once the therapy is over. People with heart problems, high blood pressure, chest pain, pacemaker, fever, lung problems, anemia, kidney problems, and cold/allergy should avoid this treatment. 


Before opting for any treatment, one must clear all their doubts. These are some of the most popular questions about Cryotherapy. These answers will help you to know about the treatment. You should also consult with your therapist before taking any step. So, understand all the aspects and have a safe treatment.


Fay Martinez, PhD, is Carmona Nutrition’s director of curriculum. She leads the development of the organization’s educational programs and courses.

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