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Results from Cryotherapy: How long does it take?

Results from cryotherapy: how long does it take?  Woman in XR Cryotherapy chamber.

Are results from cryotherapy noticeable right away? How long does it take to feel less sore, lose weight, or help my skin improve? Certainly there are immediate and long term benefits of cryotherapy for all people. Here are the most common and sought after results from cryotherapy that you can expect.

Results from Cryotherapy: Immediate

A cryotherapy chamber provides immediate results for anyone who is experiencing the below aches and pains:

  • Headaches
  • Muscle soreness from exercise
  • Inflammation
  • Arthritis
  • Lethargy or exhaustion

Cryotherapy is not designed to heal any injury or disease. However, the vast majority of people discover pain relief after a single session. Furthermore, those who want to prevent injury can benefit from cryotherapy’s inflammation reducing results.

Mid-Term Results

Cryotherapy becomes most noticeable after 5 or 6 regular sessions. The earliest noticeable difference is less Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness, or DOMS. This type of soreness is what athletes feel after exercising a muscle group harder than the muscles are accustomed to. Consequently, bodybuilders, fitness models, and professional athletes benefit by being able to recover from extreme exercise faster. Concurrently with less soreness they also will be able to return to workouts with proper form, lessening their risk of injury. Mid-term results from cryotherapy also include:

  • Weight loss assistance (500-700 calories per session)
  • Skin tightening
  • Reduced risk of overuse injury (e.g., tennis elbow)
  • Increased energy
  • Greater gains from more effective exercise
  • Diminishes the production of sebum, which causes acne breakouts

Long-Term Results

The long-term results of cryotherapy are different than those listed above. Long term results are based in injury prevention and joint protection. Professional athletes all over the world use cryotherapy to stay in the game. Entire NFL and NBA teams (e.g., Lakers, Dallas Cowboys) use cryotherapy for their athletes in their full-court press to avoid overuse injuries. Athletes also benefit from their increased confidence that they are less-likely to injure themselves while playing.

  • Overuse Injury prevention
  • Fewer workman’s compensation cases from injuries
  • Bolder and more confident athletes
  • Lessened need for physical therapy

Overall Results

Certainly there is always a cost-benefit-ratio for anyone investing in their health. But an investment in regular cryotherapy sessions makes sense when weighed against other costs:

  • Physical Therapy copay costs
  • Lost work from injury at the gym
  • Weight gain from injury at the gym
  • Dissatisfaction from lack of self-care