Benefits of Localised Cryotherapy

When you think ‘cryotherapy’ you might think of people stripping down to their undies and jumping to a freezing chamber to chill themselves to arctic temperatures. While Whole Body Cryotherapy undoubtedly has become the ‘cool’ new way to treat muscle fatigue, boost energy and help shed a few kilos, you may not necessarily need to go to this extreme to reap the benefits of cryotherapy.

There are many forms of localised cryotherapy that can be used to treat various injuries, skin conditions and problem areas. Why treat your whole body when it’s only one specific area that’s the issue? Targeted treatments can precisely tend to problems such as inflammation and pain in your joints and muscles, stubborn fat, cellulite, aged skin, psoriasis, eczema and rheumatoid arthritis.

Apart from being more effective at targeting local problem areas, localised cryotherapy may also be more suited to you for other reasons. For starters, localised treatment doesn’t involve as much stripping off, depending on the area you’d like to target. Understandably, many people don’t particularly enjoy feeling exposed during treatments. So, you can keep your gear on, for now.

Secondly, receiving a more localised treatment can be more cost-effective and efficient. Smaller areas typically don’t involve as much time or large-scale equipment, so choosing localised treatments means that clinics don’t have to start shoveling ice from the south pole into body-sized tanks… only kidding, that’s not how the technology works, not exactly. Trying out this smaller dose also lets you test out results and see how you handle the cool temperatures. You might be surprised to find it’s actually not painful!

So if you don’t want to fork out for the whole-body option, or you’re not ready to get your kit off to walk into a human-sized refrigerator, you have the choice of sampling a localised treatment first. To help you narrow down what you’re looking for, we’ve compiled a list of treatments to guide you in finding the right cryotherapy for you.

Freeze fat one area at a time

If you have stubborn fat around your body that has become immune to all of your dieting and exercising efforts, Cryolipolysis will be perfect for you.

Cryolipolysis is a safe and effective way to target fat loss. Forget liposuction or other invasive surgeries which put your body through unnecessary trauma. With cryotherapy technology, it is possible to literally freeze fat away. Working well within anyone’s busy schedule, a Cryolipolysis treatment only takes 45-60 minutes to complete and the recovery time is non-existent. For reference, it takes two whole weeks to recover from lipo – is beauty really worth that much pain?

Popular areas for Cryolipolysis include the abdomen, back, love handles, inner thighs and outer thighs. Of course, treatments are available for both men and women. And the best part, the results are long-lasting, remaining visible for up to 6 months.

Reduce cellulite efficiently and effectively

If you’re tired of experimenting with Pinterest’s latest “proven” cellulite hack (coconut oil won’t do it, trust me), then it’s time to see the professionals. Thankfully, most of us don’t have cellulite all over our bodies, so localised treatment is perfect for targeting the exact areas of concern.

Though cellulite is a completely normal and common phenomenon, many men and women feel self-conscious about it, sometimes to the point where they don’t feel comfortable wearing certain clothes. This is obviously not ideal – Queensland is way too hot for long pants in Spring, let alone Summer.

Localised cryotherapy treatments can treat white fat trapped under the skin by cooling it, converting it to brown, calorie-burning fat which is naturally shed by the body. This leaves the treated area smooth, toned and ready for the shortest shorts you feel you’re ready to attempt.

Get a face-lift without the surgery

All surgeries are invasive, risky and expensive, and come with an extensive recovery. And when it comes to your face, you don’t want to risk being botched. For a quicker, cheaper and safer solution to achieving a more youthful appearance, you can instead try a cryofacial.

A cryofacial works by cooling your face with bursts of compression liquid nitrogen vapours. These vapours work to reduce puffiness, boost circulation, and stimulate your collagen production. The end result? Fewer lines and wrinkles, and glowing skin.

Clear up unwanted acne

If you’ve dealt with acne, then you know what a struggle it is to find something that works in removing it. Those who suffer can spend hundreds of dollars on different face washes and creams, medications and procedures, which may not only be ineffective, but may lead to further complications.

Medication and laser treatments are the more serious alternatives to combating acne. These procedures cost hundreds of dollars and can lead to unwanted and sometimes unsightly side-effects. Not to mention, laser in particular can be very uncomfortable. Overall, many of these extreme procedures are expensive and can be emotionally draining.

But there is another way, and contrary to what Kendall Jenner says, we don’t mean Proactive. Localised cryotherapy can be used to treat the inflammation and redness produced by acne. The boost of circulation to your face also helps your skin heal and rejuvenate.

Recover from injury faster

athlete recover injury

If you’re an athlete, or just really rely on your body being in prime condition, than you know how frustrating injury can be. Localised cryotherapy treatment can be used to help your body recover and bring it back to its original state. While whole body cryotherapy is now widely used in sports medicine to effectively relieve pain, inflammation, swelling and spasms, sometimes this large-scale option isn’t completely necessary.

Localised cryotherapy can speed up your recovery and get you back on the field, office, home, pub, where ever you like. This cryotherapy works by stimulating your body’s natural ability to heal and refresh from the inside out. I’m sure you’ve heard of sports stars using ice baths to recover? Well, essentially, this works the same – minus the mess and fuss, and definitely with less discomfort.

Treat general pain and inflammation

People can experience pain and inflammation for a number of reasons – from being sick, suffering from a medical condition, and sometimes as an unfortunate side-effect from medication. Most of the time, mild pain-killers can help. However, for some sufferers, this pain and inflammation can be chronic, leading to continuous discomfort.

Localised cryotherapy alleviates this discomfort by exposing skin to extremely cold temperatures for short periods of time. This leads to your body releasing nutrients, oxygen and healing enzymes, which relieve pain. This option, however, is best accompanied by whole body cryotherapy, for best results.

Muscle recovery

If you’ve ever gone a little bit too hard at the gym, you’ve probably experienced DOMS, or delayed onset muscle soreness. It’s that pain that hits you a little too long after you’ve exercised. One day you’re wondering if you should’ve added more weights to the leg press; the next day you’re hobbling around like your legs are made of delicate china.

Well, there’s a cryo treatment to fix this too. Localised cryotherapy has been proven to effectively treat muscle recovery. It makes complete sense if you think about it – cold and muscle therapy go together like nutella and, well, pretty much anything you can put nutella on. Working a little better than your classic ice gel or ice pack, cryotherapy is a great alternative to heal your muscles.

Effective management of rheumatoid arthritis

Effective management of rheumatoid arthritis

Did you know, before it was discovered that cryotherapy could target weight loss and muscular pain, its original use focused on alleviating some of the symptoms for rheumatoid arthritis? Rheumatoid arthritis is a debilitating condition that causes chronic inflammation between the joints and significant discomfort for many sufferers. Thankfully, a course of cryotherapy can be used to help manage pain and discomfort.

Not only does research suggest that cryo treatments effectively alleviate rheumatoid arthritic pain and joint inflammation, it has also been reported that cryotherapy treatment can be a more tolerable form of treatment compared to corticosteroids or NSAIDs (Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) for many patients. Of course, each case of arthritis is taking seriously and assessed before deciding on the best course of treatment.

Psoriasis and Eczema

Finally, there’s psoriasis and eczema – two of the most common and irritating skin conditions affecting many Australians. While the causes of both of these conditions isn’t completely understood, there are plenty of treatments available today ranging from vaseline, to steroid, to light therapy. However, these treatments often don’t provide instant relief and can take some time to be in full effect.

Once again, cryotherapy comes to the rescue. What’s better than the cool relief of cryotherapy against a hot, itchy, irritated rash? It’s exactly the kind of relief many psoriasis and eczema sufferers long for.

Final thoughts

While whole body cryotherapy is a great option for treating a wide range of skin, muscle and joint issues, it is not the only option. If you really only want to target one particular area then why spend the extra money? Save that for yourself. Get something nice.

Localised cryotherapy might just be what you need for your skin, joint or muscle condition. Cryo Australia offers a variety of localised cryotherapy treatments to help Australians return to optimal health.

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