Research shows that Cryotherapy can help to reduce inflammation, therefore, helping to reduce mental health conditions that are caused due to inflammation/pain. Cryotherapy is also said to improve your mood as you have an influx of endorphins and feel-good hormones as it provides you with a mental challenge to withstand extreme temperatures. Cold temperatures can cause a physiological hormonal response; this includes the release of adrenaline, noradrenaline, and endorphins. Studies have also found that Cryotherapy can help to minimize cortisol levels. This is a hormone produced when our body feels nervous or stressed. If you are exposed to prolonged stress, your body can produce high levels of cortisol. Cryotherapy can help to stop the production of this, which, therefore, can help to reduce stress levels.
Furthermore, a study in the National Library of Medicine found that ⅓ of people with depression/anxiety/ stress, cryotherapy reduced symptoms by 50% (at least).
https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/13548506.2013.780130 - WBC exposure of 3 min at –110°C over 10 sessions lifted the overall mood by ∼13% and wellbeing using the World Health Organization Quality of Life-Bref questionnaire and the Psychological General Well-Being Index
https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/34655758/ - Results indicate preliminary evidence for WBC as an efficacious add-on intervention for mental health problems, especially depressive symptoms.
Pournot et al, 2011 - https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3145670/ - Beneficial effects of WBC on psychological recovery within days after exercise included a decreased perception of muscular tiredness and pain.
*Disclaimer, Flow Recovery is not claiming that Cryotherapy definitely promotes this, this is based on any scientific research we have accumulated. Everyone’s experience may differ.*