generally speaking ice is used for acute injuries with inflammation and swelling.
Heat on the other hand for muscular pain and stiffness.
Heat improves circulation and is employed either via dry or moist heat.
However the main focus of this article is Cryotherapy becoming know as a potent anti-aging technique, being a topical application of nitrogen vapour that penetrates only the surface layers of the skin. A cryofacial cools the skin to minus 2-6 degrees C and accordingly stimulates deep layers of collagen production. The constriction of capillaries followed by an increased rush of blood to the surface increases oxygen and nutrients to skin cells and promotes tissue detoxification.
Clients undergoing treatment have commented on reduction of lines, puffiness and inflammation. Success with psoriasis, eczema and acne and a stubborn condition, fibromyalgia has been noted.
Full body Cryotherapy neither burns the skin or turns one into an icicle !
Suitable protectively “ dressed “ for the session one steps into what looks like a padded spce age cubicle with head elevated above the sides. the chamber is filled with up to – 160 degrees C dry nitrogen steam for up to 3 minutes. The first reaction is vasoconstriction follows by a rebound of vasodilation . once laving the cubicle blood surges through the body promoting cardiovascular health, hormone and nervous system homeostasis.
Apparently in 30 years of use there have been no negative , side effects of this procedure.
However those with poor circulation and any organ disease should not try this chilling treatment.