Cryotherapy and infrared sauna are innovative wellness treatments that have wide variety of benefits for your health.
What is cryo?
Cryotherapy, also sometimes known as cold therapy, is the local or whole body use of cold temperatures to support health.
How does cryo work?
Very cold temperatures are used in cryo to constrict the blood vessels and in doing so, the blood moves away from the limbs and goes towards where all your organs are. This then increases oxygen and anti-inflammatory proteins while reducing pain, inflammation, and more.
Benefits of cryo
Cryotherapy offers whole body benefits for sports recovery, inflammation reduction, and improved circulation. Localised cryo treatments also help tone and slim trouble spots on the body.
What are the key benefits?
- Improved mental wellbeing: Cryotherapy can help improve your mental wellbeing as exposure to cold temperatures releases endorphins (essentially our bodies' natural morphine) and adrenaline, both of which impact mood.
- Eases pain and supports injury recovery: If you’re experiencing pain because of a condition or injury, it can be reduced with cryotherapy. It works by reducing the number of pain signals your brain receives and easing inflammation and swelling. Arthritis, migraines and fibromyalgia are just some of the painful conditions this treatment can help. For athletes, this treatment option is particularly good because it also helps heal tender and painful muscles.
- Weight management: Cryotherapy can also help with weight management as the exposure to cold temperatures burns calories and promotes a healthy metabolic rate. This will only show results if you also eat a balanced diet and exercise regularly.
What is infrared sauna and how does it work?
An infrared sauna heats the body directly through long-wave photon energy rather than warming up the air surrounding you. They are considered to be more effective than regular saunas; you get a deeper penetration with less exposure time to the heat which is better for your skin and health in general.
Benefits of infrared sauna
The science on the benefits of infrared sauna use is growing all the time. There are many studies that now show how infrared sauna treatments can help with pain relief, athletic recovery, stress management, collagen production, weight management, detoxification and overall health.
These hot houses can also help in the treatment of depression, fatigue, insomnia and other stress-related conditions while improving your mood by increasing serotonin production in the brain. Beneficial responses to infrared sauna include:
Heat shock proteins, which help prevent muscle damage from inflammation or injury and help protect the body from foreign invaders like viruses or bacteria.
Nitric Oxide production: A substance that dilates pores and makes them wider for up to 24 hours so we sweat more efficiently, improving performance (you should always aim for sweaty workouts!)
Vascular tone increases due to higher core/lower extremity temperatures. This causes the muscles to expand maximally without the risk of developing cramps.
Increased Brain Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF): You know that feeling when your favourite song is playing and suddenly everything feels right? Well, the same thing happens to our brains with the infrared sauna. The sauna increases neurotrophic factor which helps us feel better by releasing endorphins.
What is LondonCryo?
LondonCryo offers a range of tried-and-true wellness services such as cryotherapy and infrared sauna that provide maximum benefits for overall health and wellbeing as well as recovery from sports or other injuries.
LondonCryo also offers a variety of other services that focus on light and oxygen therapy, lymphatic drainage, and vitamin, mineral, and antioxidant drips and shots that deliver essential nutrients directly to the bloodstream in high doses. They are now offering the Zooki range after their treatments to maximise impact and give their clients a post-treatment boost.
Book an appointment at LondonCryo and receive a free Zooki gift. Experience the additional benefits of these post-sauna shots that improve recovery and boost wellness for you.