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Local Cryotherapy vs. Whole Body Cryotherapy

Cryotherapy is one medium used to address pain, inflammation, and recovery. People of all ages in all walks of life can benefit from this treatment, and it is commonly used by high-level athletes. While you may have heard of cryotherapy, you may also wonder what exactly is it? Additionally, there is both whole body and local cryotherapy.  So what is the difference between the two, and which one is right for you?

In this post, we will explain what local and whole body cryotherapy is. Read on to find out more.

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Cryotherapy is also known as “cold therapy”, and is the process of using cold as a form of treatment. Typically, you expose the body to cold temperatures for numerous minutes.

There are two primary forms of cryotherapy, whole body, and local. We will explain each type in more detail in the subsequent sections. First, it is important to understand why people use this type of therapy.

As you might imagine, cryotherapy is most effective when done on a regular basis. Many athletes use it on a daily basis for their recovery and maintenance.

Some of the top benefits include:

● Treat migraine symptoms

● Numb pain and irritated nerves

● Reduce arthritic pain

● Treat skin conditions like atopic dermatitis

● Boost recovery and reduce soreness

Whole Body Cryotherapy

As you might imagine, the whole body cryotherapy is applying cold therapy to the entire body all at once. When you imagine someone in a big cold tank, it is the whole body method. This type of treatment is great for relieving general pain, like the inflammation that causes soreness. Whole-body cryotherapy is also energizing and vitalizing, in essence, it wakes you up mentally.

Local Cryotherapy

Unlike whole body cryotherapy, local cryotherapy involves applying cold to only certain areas of the body. However, local cryotherapy can be used in conjunction with or independently of whole body treatment. It is a good option for targeting specific areas that need special attention and is a great option for people who cannot physically withstand a whole body chamber. Most times, local cryotherapy is performed with a handheld device that applies a mist of cold air to the specific body part or facial. It helps to reduce pain, promote healing, treat wounds, and rejuvenate skin.

Long Island New York 

Whether you use whole body or local cryotherapy, the treatment is a great option for many different injuries and ailments, and it can also be used for incredible facials. For the best service in all of Suffolk County, look no further than Integrative Family Wellness. To learn more about our services or to schedule your appointment near Smithtown, NY, contact IFW HERE.