Using Cryotherapy to Freeze Away Fat Cells and Reduce Inflammation

I started using cold therapy during my competitive triathlon days when my coach would make the team and I have an ice bath right after swim practice. I remember jumping in an ice bath and hot spa for 3 minute rounds every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. It became my most wanted biohack, I loved every minute of it because the immediate benefits were huge! 

So let’s begin… What the hell is cold therapy? Well, here is some research to start with. 

One study carried out by Llion Roberts et al in 2015 produced some pretty astonishing results.

In the first part of this study, researchers set out to see how regular cold water immersion effected changes in the muscle mass and strength of participants following a 12‐week lower-body strength training program.

The sample was split into two groups. The first group performed ten minutes of active recovery on a stationary bike after their workout, whilst the other group took a ten-minute ice bath. After the 12 weeks, they checked to see which group saw the greatest increase in muscle mass and strength.

The second part of this study examined the effects of cold-water immersion on hypertrophy signaling pathways and satellite cell activity in skeletal muscle during recovery from an acute bout of strength exercise. They divided their sample based on post-exercise recovery, again using stationary bikes and ice baths. The goal of this section of the study was to see the immediate effects from a single strength training session on mechanisms in the muscle that help build and repair.

What is cryotherapy? 

It's an ice bath for the 21st century. Cryotherapy is a pain treatment that uses a method of localized freezing temperatures to deaden an irritated nerve. Cryotherapy is also used as a method of treating localized areas of some cancers (called cryosurgery), such as prostate cancer and to treat abnormal skin cells by dermatologists. Cryogenically cooled air reduces inflammation and stimulates collagen production. This reduces inflammation which accelerates injury recovery. Collagen helps reduce the signs of aging and cellulite. 

Cryotherapy & fat loss

The theory is that your body goes into survival mode when exposed to the brutal cold; this supercharges your metabolic rate and torches about 800 calories in the process. Cryo spas claim this type of therapy can also boost energy, banish stress, improve sleep, and alleviate skin conditions like psoriasis. Not bad for a three-minute spa treatment.

Cryotherapy and inflammation

So—ice and low temperatures to reduce inflammation? Well, it works. After an especially nasty bump on the head or punch in the face, you would apply ice, wouldn’t you? That’s what cryotherapy is—but for the whole body. Turns out whole body cryotherapy in a cryotherapy chamber, where temperatures reach a chilling -140° C, or -284° F, can do so much more. Inflammation is a biological response of tissues and cells to injury and cellular damage, and acts as a protective attempt by the body to remove the injurious stimuli and to initiate the healing process. The problem is that the receptors involved in pain are also present in inflammation; their activation causes the inflammatory reaction. These chemical signals released by damaged cells result in dilation of blood vessels, accumulation of white blood cells, warming of tissue and swelling. Cryotherapy combats this response by constricting the blood vessels, thus decreasing inflammation. Whether pain or inflammation is keeping you from your favorite activity or hobby such as sports, biking, running or gardening, or if you are simply finding yourself less active and more irritable due to chronic debilitating pain and inflammation, then Cryotherapy is your answer.

When used in conjunction with other therapies, like physical therapy, for patients who suffer from chronic pain conditions (e.g. fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis), it can make other therapies and activities more manageable.If you try cryotherapy for acute inflammation, it will reduce pain and speed up the recovery process after a muscle injury. Cryotherapy for chronic inflammation can significantly increase a person’s quality of life by reducing the constant pain and discomfort they experience daily.

Best cryotherapy in NYC?

I have been a fan of cryotherapy for years and I can safely say that my go-to cryo is cryofuel. They use cutting-edge technology to empower you to achieve more. Their cryotherapy chambers in New York City rapidly cool the body, accelerating muscle recovery and skin rejuvenation. Its an ice bath for the 21st century.

And that's not all they have… 

Their infrared saunas decrease stress, encourage glowing skin and muscle relaxation – improving your performance and wellbeing. Their CryoSkin 2.0 will naturally destroy fat cells, remove cellulite and reduce the signs of aging. When put together these treatments work to help you attain higher energy, a sharper mind, and a killer body.

Recover faster. Feel Invincible. Look Incredible. Cryofuel