There have been numerous studies that show that Whole Body Cryotherapy is beneficial to those who suffer from depression, anxiety or both. The reason for this response is attributed to hormonal benefits that occur as a result of the Whole Body Cryotherapy treatments.
Clients report that after finishing a session, they feel an improvement in mood, a deeper sense of relaxation and euphoria, all as a result of the aforementioned hormonal benefits.
Increases Endorphins / Serotonin. Produces Feeling of Well-Being
Cryotherapy Sessions Lead to Long Term Stabilization of Mood
Decrease Symptoms of Depression and Promote Mental Health
Shown to Inhibit the Release of Cortisol. Stress Hormone
Routine use of Cryotherapy Promote Stress and Anxiety Relief
Reduced Pharmaceutical Dependency and Intake of Drugs
The reason for this response is attributed to hormonal benefits that occur as a result of just 2-3 minutes in the Whole Body Cryotherapy Chamber.
In one particular study, patients who had 15 Whole Body Cryotherapy treatments over three weeks reported that their depression / anxiety decreased by 52%. That’s a staggering amount of change given the short period of time plus the fact that it takes most classic anti-depressive medications twice as long to achieve any benefits.
Clients report that after finishing a Whole Body Cryotherapy session, they feel an improvement in mood, a deeper sense of relaxation and euphoria, all as a result of the aforementioned hormonal benefits. They also report that it lasts a long time and, with repeated use, the results last even longer.
A control of 34 and a study group of 26 people, both consisting of outpatients 18–65 years old with depressive and anxiety disorders, received standard psychopharmacotherapy. The study group was additionally treated with a series of cryotherapy sauna treatments (2–3 min, at -220 F).
The Hamilton’s depression rating scale (HDRS) and Hamilton’s anxiety rating scale (HARS) were used as the outcome measures. After three weeks, a decrease of at least 50% from the baseline HDRS-17 scores in 34.6% of the study group and 2.9% of the control group and a decrease of at least 50% from the baseline HARS score in 46.2% of the study group and in none of the control group were noted. The study reported here was an initial approach to whole-body cryotherapy (WBCT) as a potential treatment modality for depression and was expected to provide rough data helping to design a future project with extended methodology, larger sample groups and longer follow-up.
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