Cryotherapy is said to help relieve pain and improve muscle healing. There are studies to show that it can help with disorders such as arthritis.
A study in 2000 (https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/10832164/) showed that cryotherapy provided temporary relief from rheumatoid arthritis.
Cryotherapy works by reducing blood flow to a particular area, which can significantly reduce inflammation and swelling that causes pain, especially around a joint or a tendon. In the instance of WBC, the periphery (arms & legs) may feel the cold greater than the core but as you step out you may find that any aches or pains you do have may be reduced. Moreover, cryotherapy can help to reduce swelling, therefore, helping to ease pain and strain placed on muscles.
https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/15496998/ - Based on the available evidence, cryotherapy seems to be effective in decreasing pain.
https://www.thieme-connect.com/products/ejournals/abstract/10.1055/s-0043-114861 - These results suggest that WBC may improve recovery from muscle damage, with multiple exposures more consistently exhibiting improvements in recovery from pain, loss of muscle function, and markers of inflammation and damage.
Hausswirth et al, 2011 - https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/22163272/ - comparing three different recovery modalities: WBC, far-infrared (FIR), and passive. The runners performed three identical repetitions of a simulated trail run on a motorized treadmill. Recovery was evaluated 1, 24, and 48 h post-exercise. The eventual decrease in maximal isometric force, after three isometric voluntary contractions of knee extensor muscles, was used for judging muscle damage due to strenuous exercise. The best results were observed after WBC at 1, 24, and 48 h post-exercise. WBC-enhanced psychological recovery within days after the exercise including decreased perception of muscular tiredness and pain, already after the first session of WBC.
Rose et al, 2017 - https://www.thieme-connect.com/products/ejournals/abstract/10.1055/s-0043-114861 -These results suggest that WBC may improve recovery from muscle damage, with multiple exposures more consistently exhibiting improvements in recovery from pain, loss of muscle function, and markers of inflammation and damage.
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.*