You may have noticed that cryotherapy is all the rage on social media, finding fans in models and elite sportsmen alike. Here in Victoria, the much-loved Peninsula Hot Springs recently introduced cold therapy to their range of spa offerings, with cold and ice plunge pools, an ice room and deep freeze room bringing the benefits of cold therapy to the Peninsula.
But what is it, and what health benefits are its followers reaping?
What is it?
Cryotherapy is any treatment that involves the use of freezing or near freezing temperatures to assist in the treatment of illness and injury. The treatment can be delivered in one area, or in a whole-body treatment. Localised cryotherapy can be administered in a number of different ways, including ice packs, ice massage, cooling sprays and ice baths.
What can it do for me? Benefits – Cryotherapy Melbourne
The cold activates the sympathetic nervous system, instantly releasing anti-inflammatory properties in the brain and blood stream. Cryotherapy can:
- Reduce inflammation
- Increase brain function
- Assist in immune function and metabolism
- Increase anti-oxidants
- Performance enhancement
- Improve sleep quality
- Increase the production of collagen
Risks – Cryotherapy Melbourne
The most common side effects of cryotherapy are numbness, tingling, redness and skin irritation.
Cool therapy – what other treatments involve cold treatment?
At ENRICH Clinic, we know the benefits of cold and freeze therapies. Fat freezing, or cryolipolysis, removes stubborn fat deposits in a comfortable, non-surgical way. Cooltech at ENRICH Clinic Melbourne will help you target those stubborn fat deposits that do not seem to shift, despite regular exercise and a well-balanced diet, by freezing the fat in the area.