It’s been a hot summer in Indiana, and thanks to the reality of climate change, sweat-before-you-get-to-your-car degree temperatures don’t appear to be leaving anytime soon. While this may mean more pool days and sunshine for most, it can mean something much worse for an annoyingly large segment of the population. By “something much worse,” I (of course) am referring to heat rash, eczema and a plethora of other forms of Atopic dermatitis that are worsened by extreme temperatures. Speaking from exceedingly personal experience, September’s extension of swimsuit weather is nothing short of unpleasant when dealing with skin irritation on the feet, legs, arms, back, etc. However, there may be glimmer of hope for those of us who have been doomed to a life of overtly sensitive skin; a glimmer originating from nonother than the stainless-steel handle of a cryotherapy tank.
While cryotherapy is often associated with its beneficial effects on the muscular system, its impact goes far beyond that. According to a group of doctors in Finland, cold temperatures are shown “to reduce the conduction velocity of peripheral nervesand the nerve ganglia capacity to synthesize acetylcholine, which is considered a neurotransmitter in atopic pruritus.” If you’re anything like me, you have no idea what that means — let me break it down. Under extremely cold temperatures, aspects of the body’s nervous system become less able to receive signals that cause inflammation. Basically, the cold causes your neurotransmitters to say “no thanks!” and turn in for the day, meaning they won’t be receiving the body’s messages to itch or become inflamed. As great as they are, these findings are nothing short of predictable. Cryotherapy has been used to treat rheumatic inflammation and pain since the 1970s, so its only feasible that the skin would be receptive to these benefits as well.
Cryotherapy’s effect on various forms of Atopic dermatitis go beyond the obvious soothing of pain and inflammation. The aforementioned Finnish study noted that “very cold air has been reported to increase the body’s antioxidative capacity.” That’s great and all, but what do antioxidants have to do with your pesky rash?Evidently, a decent amount! A study published in The Journal of Clinical & Diagnostic Research found that antioxidants may be beneficial in the treatment of Atopic dermatitis. So – for those of you keeping track – cryotherapy boosts antioxidant levels which aid in combatting inflamed skin.
I know what you’re thinking. So cryotherapy can really benefit my joints, muscles, mood AND skin? REALLY? Well, to put it shortly, yes! Cryotherapy has an incredibly wide span of benefits, and though you should certainly consult your dermatologist, ice cold temperatures can play an essential role on your journey to soft, swimsuit-ready skin for the rest of the summer.
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Super relaxed environment and the facility was super clean which is key when it comes to comfortablity. Love the employees, they were super helpful and knowledgeable about the process. Definitely coming back.
Fantastic experience. The float was very relaxing.
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Awesome experience. Staff is amazing and happy to be there. Very knowledgeable. Will keep coming back for cryo.
Andrew was a great help while I was there!
Just did my 1st Crotherapy session!!! Only lasted 2 minutes but still can feel a big difference in my body!!!! Looking forward to session 2!!
Did not enjoy cryotherapy myself- but the staff was amazing and very accommodating!
Very nice staff! Very informative and kind. Loved the IV therapy!
First time at cryotherapy indy...just what i needed. Infrared sauna to release the toxins. Great experience. Look forward to my next session.
After four sessions, I no longer have pain in a knee bursa that has been painful for 20 years. What else can I say except, Thanks so much.
Great customer service! Professional and the cryotherapy is definitely better than an ice bath!
I purchased a Groupon and had my first visit this morning and am already scheduled to return tomorrow for another treatment. The staff was knowledgeable and welcoming and I would highlight recommend giving it a try if you are considering.
Feeling nice and relaxed — hoping that the sauna helps with my infection.
Friendly, professional staff with cutting edge technology. Highly recommend cryotherapy Indy!