Chill Out and Relax: Unleashing the Stress-Relieving Benefits of Cryotherapy

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Our species, humans, have been in existence for approximately 65,000 years, while our predecessors can be traced back 200,000 years. Before the advent of medical professionals and healthcare facilities, our physical forms developed mechanisms to handle both stress and physical harm and there are treatments like cryotherapy relieve stress.

Inside our brains and bodies are very special chemicals specifically there to help us mend ourselves. But, how does one trigger the release of these wonderful chemicals?

Who Does Cryotherapy Relieve Stress?

By engaging in activities that promote relaxation and well-being, such as cryotherapy. Cryotherapy involves exposing the body to extremely cold temperatures, which stimulates the release of endorphins and other beneficial chemicals in the brain. These chemicals have been shown to reduce pain, improve mood, and enhance overall physical and mental well-being. As a result, cryotherapy has gained popularity as a natural and holistic approach to stress relief and healing. So, if you're looking for a way to tap into your body's innate healing mechanisms, cryotherapy may be worth considering.

After a strenuous workout, you may have experienced the “runner’s high”, which is a release of endorphins into the blood stream. The feeling is euphoric; some say it’s a second wind. You feel energetic and focused. Your mood is calmer and you sleep much better.

Cryotherapy Relieve Stress by helping the brain release endorphins.

Following an intense exercise session, you may have encountered the phenomenon known as the "runner's high." This occurrence involves the release of endorphins into your bloodstream, resulting in a euphoric sensation similar to a renewed burst of energy. It imbues you with increased vitality and concentration, while also promoting a sense of tranquility and improved sleep quality.

This natural high can be attributed to the release of endorphins, which are chemicals produced by the body to reduce pain and induce feelings of pleasure. Endorphins act as natural painkillers and mood enhancers, helping to alleviate stress and promote overall well-being. So, if you're seeking a natural and holistic way to enhance your mood, boost energy levels, and improve sleep, tapping into your body's endorphins through activities like exercise can be highly beneficial. Give it a try and experience the positive effects of these natural chemicals firsthand.

In the 1970’s doctors in Japan found that by super-cooling the human body for up to 3 minutes causes the brain to go into survival mode releasing the body’s own support chemicals to repair and reset the physiological workings of the brain and body. Endorphins are released as well as neurohormones from the hypothalamus. After four decades of research by European scientists, Whole Body Cryotherapy (WBC) evolved into what today has become the new standard for recovery and rejuvenation.

Dovepress, The Open Access Journal of Sports Medicine states: “Although it was originally developed to treat chronic medical conditions, such as multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis, WBC is being increasingly employed by athletes. Its effects include a reduction in inflammation, analgesia, and enhanced recovery following exercise. WBC is typically initiated within the early stages (within 0–24 hours) after exercise and may be repeated several times in the same day or multiple times over a number of weeks. WBC modifies many important biochemical and physiological parameters in human athletes.”

According to Dovepress, an Open Access Journal of Sports Medicine, athletes are increasingly using Whole Body Cryotherapy (WBC) for its various benefits. Originally developed for treating chronic medical conditions like multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis, WBC can now also aid in reducing inflammation, providing pain relief, and promoting post-exercise recovery. Typically, WBC is started within the first 24 hours after exercise and can be repeated multiple times within the same day or over several weeks. This treatment effectively alters several significant biochemical and physiological factors in athletes.

Whole Body Cryotherapy (WBC) has gained popularity among athletes due to its numerous benefits. While initially designed for chronic medical conditions, such as multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis, WBC is now being used to reduce inflammation, alleviate pain, and enhance post-exercise recovery. Athletes typically begin WBC within the first 24 hours after exercise and can undergo multiple sessions in a day or over several weeks. This treatment effectively modifies various biochemical and physiological parameters, contributing to its effectiveness in athletic performance and recovery.

Dr. Oz recommends Cryotherapy for relief from pain and chronic inflammation. Tony Robbins, Padraig Harrington, and Kobe Bryant each have their own Cryosauna at their homes. And recently, LeBron James and Floyd Mayweather are now using WBC.

Stop Restless Leg Syndrome With Whole Body Cryotherapy

Restless legs syndrome (RLS) is a neurological disorder characterized by throbbing, pulling, creeping, or other unpleasant sensations in the legs and an uncontrollable, and sometimes overwhelming, urge to move them. Symptoms occur primarily at night when a person is relaxing or at rest and can increase in severity during the night. Moving the legs relieves the discomfort. The sensations range in severity from uncomfortable to irritating to painful.

Lying down and trying to relax activates the symptoms which causes people with RLS to have difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep. Left untreated, the condition causes exhaustion and daytime fatigue. Many people with RLS report that their job, personal relations, and activities of daily living are strongly affected as a result of their sleep deprivation. They are often unable to concentrate, have impaired memory, or fail to accomplish daily tasks. It also can make traveling difficult and can cause depression.

Until recently, there were various competing theories as to the causes of RLS. Prominent theories included:

  1. Iron deficiency;
  2. Dopamine dysregulation;
  3. Infection;
  4. Chronic diseases-kidney failure, diabetes & peripheral neuropathy;
  5. Certain medications;
  6. Pregnancy.

New research, however, indicates that although the above conditions are highly associated with Restless Leg Syndrome, it is underlying chronic inflammation that is causing these conditions in addition to the RLS. Therefore, RLS and the above conditions are actually concurrent side effects of underlying, chronic inflammation.

Groundbreaking research conducted in 2012 revealed “The fact that 95% of the 38 highly-associated RLS conditions are also associated with inflammatory/immune changes suggests the possibility that RLS may be mediated or affected through these mechanisms. Inflammation can be responsible for iron deficiency and hypothetically could cause central nervous system iron deficiency-induced RLS. Alternatively, an immune reaction to gastrointestinal bacteria or other antigens may hypothetically cause RLS by a direct immunological attack on the central or peripheral nervous system.” (1)

Current research suggests that inflammation is the root cause of RLS, as well as the concurrent conditions (once thought to be the source of RLS).

  1. The inflammation causing RLS can also affect iron levels. The scientific community agrees that inflammation can affect iron levels (2). The causality is often confused here: low iron appears to be one of the guilty parties when it comes to RLS symptoms but it is inflammation that is causing the low iron levels. Increasing iron levels will improve RLS symptoms, but addressing the underlying inflammation can actually cure the condition.
  2. Dopamine imbalance and RLS are both caused by inflammation. There are many scientific studies that show that a dopamine imbalance can be due to either low iron levels or caused directly from inflammation (3) (4). Increasing dopamine levels helps with the symptoms, but does not deal with the actual cause. The inflammation that is causing the dopamine imbalance must be dealt with directly if the levels are ever to stabilize.
  3. Infection causes chronic inflammation throughout the body and RLS is simply a “biomarker” revealing the high inflammation.
  4. Chronic conditions such as kidney failure and diabetes are associated with high inflammation throughout the body which then causes the RLS;
  5. Medications hypothesized to cause RLS are known to increase inflammation;
  6. RLS is caused by the higher inflammation found in pregnant women. Many scientific studies show that RLS symptoms are at their worst in the third trimester of pregnancy (5).Studies also show that inflammation levels tend to be higher in pregnant women, especially the third trimester (6).

At CoeurCryo, we have developed a treatment program to address Restless Leg Syndrome without the use of drugs. Pharmaceutical treatment for RLS comes with significant side effects. Our treatment program utilizes whole body cryotherapy to reduce systemic inflammation throughout the body. We see a dramatic improvement in symptoms related to RLS:

  1. pain and tingling is reduced;
  2. mental and physical energy increases;
  3. healthy sleep is restored.

Clinical trials show that whole body cryotherapy reduces inflammation by activating anti-inflammatory processes in the body. These processes include the anti-inflammatory effects of vasoconstriction and bio-chemical responses to cold.

We have experience treating clients with Restless Leg Syndrome and are confident that we can help you! We offer many treatment options to fit in with your budget and schedule. We are open 12 hours/day, 5 days a week to ensure that you receive the most effective, efficient and reliable cryotherapy treatment. Our cryotechnicians are trained in the technology of cryotherapy—but also in the biological science. CoeurCryo offers the safest and most effective cryotherapy for Restless Leg Syndrome and a host of other inflammatory-related health conditions and injuries.

(1) Sleep Med Rev. 2012 Aug;16(4):341-54. doi: 10.1016/j.smrv.2011.09.003. Epub 2012 Jan 17. Restless legs syndrome–theoretical roles of inflammatory and immune mechanisms. Weinstock LB1, Walters ASPaueksakon P.

(2) Journal of the American Geriatrics Society Chiari et al 1995  Influence of Acute Inflammation on Iron and Nutritional Status Indexes in Older Inpatients

(3) Journal of Sleep Research : Mizuno et al 2004 CSF iron, ferritin and transferrin levels in restless legs syndrome

(4) J Neurochem. 2007 Mar;100(5):1375-86. Epub 2007 Jan 23. Inflammation induces mitochondrial dysfunction and dopaminergic neurodegeneration in the nigrostriatal system.Hunter RL1, Dragicevic NSeifert KChoi DYLiu MKim HCCass WASullivan PGBing G.

(5) “A common sleep disorder in pregnancy: Restless legs syndrome and its predictors.” Balendran J, Champion D, Jaaniste T, Welsh A. Aust N Z J Obstet Gynaecol. 2011 Jun;51(3):262-4. doi: 10.1111/j.1479-828X.2011.01294.x. Epub 2011 Mar 16.

(6) 2008 Jul;149(7):3470-7. doi: 10.1210/en.2007-1695. Epub 2008 Mar 27. Prokineticin-1: a novel mediator of the inflammatory response in third-trimester human placenta. Denison FC1, Battersby SKing AESzuber MJabbour HN.

Why You Should Be Drinking Bone Broth

What makes bone broth so beneficial? 

Here's the deal: Bone broth is catching on because people know that it tastes fantastic and keeps them healthy. But bone broth isn't just warming and nutritious; it actually turns back the clock. A healthy aging expert, Dr. Kellyann Petrucci, M.S, M.D made bone broth a core of her program for years—and it works. Why is bone broth one of her most powerful clinical tools? First, it's packed with healthy-aging nutrients. Here are just some of them:

What's more, bone broth is rich and soul-satisfying. It fills you up and warms you down to your toes, so you're never tempted to overeat or snack on junk that ages your face and body.

In clinical experience, bone broth reverses signs of aging better than any powder, pill, or serum. And unlike expensive creams and prescription medications, bone broth costs next to nothing. Finally, think about this: How many amazing anti-aging treatments can you make in your own kitchen from stuff you'd usually throw away? (It's the ultimate recycling project!)

So give it a try, and see what happens. Dr. Kellyann drinks at least one cup of bone broth every day, and that's the same healthy aging prescription she gives her patients, too. If you need help managing healthy weight, try adding in one or two bone broth "micro-fasts" each week. Within days, you'll start to feel a difference—and within weeks, you'll start to look it too.

Your Brain on Houseplants

An indoor Garden enhances more than just the decor.

Having pretty plants in your home is a nice perk of indoor gardening, but research suggests that maintaining them can boost your health, too. "Gardening has been shown in multiple studies to be associated with a reduced risk of cognitive decline or dementia in older adult", says David Carr, M.D., a professor of geriatric medicine at Washington University in St. Lous. "Plants help you become more competent and give you something meaningful to do and take care of," notes Patty Cassidy, a registered horticulture therapist. Try these: