Undergoing surgery can be quite stressful. Whether the surgery is big or small, cosmetic or intense, there can be a period of swelling, bruising and pain. Of course you want to do everything possible to get back to full fitness safely and ensure your systems are running smoothly.
Talking to your doctor in detail about what benefical activities you can enlist for your post surgery recovery has two benefits, one, to protect you from doing any unwanted damage, and two, to enable you to familiarise yourself with new opportunities for health and wellbeing.
As part of your return to health, you might like to mention the possibility of cryotherapy treatment to your doctor and look into the potential benefits of cryotherapy that can include improved recovery after surgery.
Cryotherapy takes place in a purpose built cryosauna, found at specialised health spas and health clinics in Australia. In the US they are also found in weight loss centers, sports training studios and cosmetic surgery offices (to boost healing after a nip and tuck). Cryosaunas are widely used in European and Japanese hospitals to aid recovery and ease the pain of inflammation.
Benefits of Cryotherapy After Surgery
Completing a cycle of Cryotherapy sessions can have multiple benefits in accelerating the body’s natural healing process and ease pain and bruising following surgery and injury. Cryotherapy may reduce swelling, and promote an anti-inflammatory function in the body’s healing blueprint.
Consider it to be like a super advanced and highly effective ice pack, only it goes on your entire body and works on a much deeper level, at a more controlled rate, without the burning sensation of ice.
A cryotherapy treatment lasts three minutes and in that time there can be multiple benefits. We recommend you test Cryotherapy out on your own body and see if it works for you. Benefits may include:
• Reduced pain from inflammation
• Reduced muscle and joint tenderness
• Immune system boost
• Increased healing to muscles and tendons
• Reduced severity of bruising
• Increased flexibility and muscle endurance
• Renewed skin and blood cells
• Reduced swelling from injury
While surgery might well be beneficial and even life saving, it’s not a natural process. This is why it’s such a relief to your body and your mind that Cryotherapy is non-invasive and natural. The only ingredient used is cold air. That cold air is made only of nitrogen mist (which makes up 70% of the earth’s atmosphere). The last thing your body needs after surgery is even more pressure or trauma. Rest assured, cryotherapy treatments are safe, simple, quick and can spark an all natural reaction internally that will bring much needed nutrients, fresh oxygen and enzymes rippling through your blood stream.
There is an added relief as well. After the two to three minutes of exposure to chilled temperatures, the body can keep releasing endorphins, a natural feel good that can produces a high and may alleviate pain.
It’s very normal for people to experience pain from inflammation after surgery. It’s part of the healing process, or rather, healing side effect. While the red blood cells and white blood cells are much needed and desired at the point of injury, to fight infection and deliver much needed care, often the fluids surrounding those cells can get in the way, which may cause pressure, stagnation and pain.
When the body experiences the blast of cold in the cryosauna, those fluids can be decreased and redistributed, which can allow circulation to improve, toxins to be flushed and fresh healthy blood to increase to all areas of the body. As a result, Cryotherapy sessions may allow you to heal more rapidly, naturally, without pain and pressure.
For best results you will need to complete a cycle of sessions, while it is not recommended to use the cryosauna more than once a day, it is completely safe to use frequently. You may find a session every few days for a few weeks in total is all you need to reduce your healing time, get back in motion and feel fitter faster.