Ice Baths vs. Whole Body Cryotherapy
We love a good wellness trend and 11 minutes of cold exposure is now it! Cold therapy via Cryotherapy is a core service provided at Clean Market at our Midtown East and Brookfield Place locations in New York City. However, cold therapy can be administered in a variety of ways. Read below to learn more.
What are the main benefits of cold therapy?
Cold therapy is becoming more popular among people looking to improve their mental and physical wellbeing. It has the potential to be an alternative treatment or preventative treatment for many health issues. There are many physical and mental health benefits that can come from cold therapy. Potential benefits can include:
- A decrease in recovery time after injury
- Improved circulation and metabolism
- Pain relief from muscles and joints
- An increase in alertness and energy levels
- Improved skin tone & skin conditions
- Reduced stress and anxiety
- Boosted immune system functioning
- Weight loss support
- Reduce migraine pain
- Better sleep
How often should cold therapy treatments be administered?
Cold therapy utilizes cold temperatures to treat specific symptoms. The one way you may have experienced it before is with an ice pack for an acute injury, but it can also be done in a whole body cryotherapy booth or chamber, with a cryotherapy wand, or in an ice bath. How often cold therapy is done depends on the individual and the condition you are trying to treat.
For Whole Body Cryotherapy, 2-3 minutes is recommended per session. Weekly sessions are recommended for those looking for holistic wellness benefits while those with joint or muscle pain may benefit from daily sessions.
For ice baths, up to 10 minutes is recommended per session. People who are unaccustomed to the cold may find it unpleasant at first but this tends to get better with each session as the body adjusts to the low temperature. Start for shorter amounts of time and build up as your body gets more comfortable.
What are the benefits of Ice Baths vs. Whole Body Cryotherapy?
Ice baths and Whole Body Cryotherapy are both popular treatments for muscle pain, ailments, and injury recovery. Both methods involve exposing the body to cold temperatures, but the method is different. Ice baths involve submerging the body in a tub of cold water for up to ten minutes, while Whole Body Cryotherapy involves using chilled air in a cryotherapy chamber for up to 2-3 minutes. Despite the difference in the way they are used, both have potential benefits and you should try both to find your preferred method They can also be used in conjunction with each other.
The primary benefit of ice baths is that they can reduce inflammation and improve muscle recovery after intense workouts or injury.
The primary benefit of Whole Body Cryotherapy is that it may be beneficial in treating conditions like depression, anxiety, arthritis, and skin conditions, as well as weight loss.
The two types of Whole Body Cryotherapy offered at Clean Market.
Nitrogen Whole Body Cryotherapy uses nitrogen-cooled air to expose the body to sub-zero temperatures of up to -220°F (choice of -160°F, -180°F, or -220°F). Available at Clean Market Midtown East.
Electric Whole Body Cryotherapy uses electricity to power the cryotherapy chamber, which maintains at a cool -190°F. Up to four people can go into the cryotherapy chamber at once – making it the perfect happy hour activity or group recovery post-marathon race. Available at Clean Market FiDi at Brookfield Place.
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