The benefits of ice treatments have been around since humans have had aches, pains, and injuries. Ice helps reduce inflammation, reduce swelling, and aid the healing process. In the 21st century, cryotherapy has taken the benefits of ice treatments to a superior level — as well as timely with the average treatment lasting only three minutes.

Flex Chiropractic in Lexington offers cold laser therapy sessions to help improve pain, aches, and mobility. In this blog post, we’ll review in brief just a few of the benefits of cryotherapy. Contact us today to get started!

WHAT IS CRYOTHERAPY?

Cryotherapy is a therapeutic technique where the whole body or parts of the body are exposed to extremely low temperatures in order to solicit a response. Below, we’ll examine just a few of the health benefits of cryotherapy.

THE BENEFITS OF CRYOTHERAPY

  • Decreases inflammation. While your body is experiencing the cold of the cryotherapy, your blood vessels will constrict, which reduces blood flow to inflamed areas. Once you leave the cold therapy treatment, blood flow will return; however, now this blood will be full of anti-inflammatory proteins, which will help reduce inflammation in the treatment area. Chronic inflammation is the root cause of arthritis and a host of other conditions, which are often painful. Thus, cryotherapy helps to not only reduce the pain of arthritis and other conditions, but also helps it to heal as well.
  • Aids in muscle recovery. Athletes have been using cryotherapy for years in order to improve performance through promoting muscle recovery. When athletes exercise at extreme levels, damage is done to the muscle tissue that often leads to DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness). This can cause problems for future training. By using cold laser therapy and the effects of cryotherapy after exercise, the build up of toxins and lactic acid is flushed out sooner, inflammation is less likely to set in, and soreness may not set in with quicker healing. This helps athletes train harder than otherwise would be possible.
  • Promotes mental well-being. When your body is exposed to extremely cold temperatures such as with cryotherapy, the feel good chemical of serotonin is released. This has been shown to improve your mood and cause it to stay elevated for a longer period of time.

Cryotherapy and cold laser therapy both work to help patients in many areas of their well-being, from the physical ailments of pain to depression, which afflicts the brain. Flex Chiropractic in Lexington offers cold laser therapy to help patients who suffer from lower back pain. These low-powered lasers will help to increase blood flow and bring in vital nutrients your body needs to rid itself of inflammation and thus pain. Cold laser therapy also works well on joint pain.

THE FLEX CHIROPRACTIC DIFFERENCE

Flex Chiropractic in Lexington is the best local chiropractor. We offer a variety of services, from chiropractic adjustments on all ages, including pregnancy adjustments, as well as ultrasound, electrical stimulation, and cold laser therapy. Begin your road to recovery. Call to speak with one of our expert chiropractors today!