It might sound odd to willingly put yourself into a freezing cold cryotherapy chamber, but it could do wonders for your health. At Progressive Medical Center in Atlanta, Georgia, Benjamin Johnston Sr., MD, and the team use cryotherapy to treat a wide variety of conditions, from chronic pain to mood disorders. It can even help you lose weight. To find out more about cryotherapy or book an appointment, call Progressive Medical Center or use the online form today.
Cryotherapy exposes your body to extreme cold for several minutes. You're probably familiar with using ice packs to treat a sprained ankle; cryotherapy takes that a step further.
Progressive Medical Center uses a special kind of cryotherapy called whole-body cryotherapy (WBC). It involves immersing your entire body in an extremely cold environment, which could have numerous health benefits.
The treatment takes place in a cryotherapy chamber, where you stay for just three minutes. During that time, the temperature inside the chamber could reach – 200°F.
Whole-body cryotherapy could offer several benefits:
Pain relief is the chief function of WBC. Many patients find their chronic pain diminishes with regular cryotherapy sessions, mainly as a result of the treatment's ability to calm your body's inflammatory response and regulate pain signals coming from your nerves.
Being able to recover more quickly between workouts is essential for professional athletes, many of whom train two or three times a day. When you're physically active, your body needs time to repair muscle damage, so supporting natural healing can be critical. Cryotherapy reduces the length of time your body needs to make repairs to your muscles.
The very low temperatures used in cryotherapy can assist your weight loss efforts by forcing your body to warm itself. In theory, it also naturally boosts your body's metabolism, so the effects continue between sessions. While cryotherapy isn't a weight loss solution, it is a beneficial side effect.
Cryotherapy isn't a mainstream treatment for mood disorders like depression, anxiety, and other mental health conditions. However, many people report feelings of elation and joy after their treatment.
Your cryotherapy takes place in a large chamber or booth, where you stand for the duration of your treatment. You wear a thick dressing gown, earmuffs, and slippers, and the booths are large, with clear glass fronts, so you shouldn't feel claustrophobic.
Treatments last just a few minutes, so not long after you feel cold, it's time to come out. You don't need any special preparations beforehand or downtime afterward; you just go about your day as normal.
Most people feel relief from sore, aching muscles after a single treatment. However, for optimal results, the Progressive Medical Center team recommends that you use cryotherapy regularly. Many professional athletes have two or three cryotherapy treatments every day.
Your cryotherapy experience at Progressive Medical Center is simple and straightforward. You can book a cryotherapy session and purchase packages online, then bypass the check-in procedure and go straight through to the cryotherapy suite.
A cryotherapy session at Progressive Medical Center is easy, fun, and a completely private experience. Book your first session now using the online form or call today for more information.