We hear all the time that inflammation is bad — we’ve heard it’s what causes pain, and you may have even heard that it’s what certain modalities like cryotherapy and photobiomodulation therapy can help fight against. But do you actually know what inflammation is, or how these modalities can help?
To sum it up, inflammation is the body’s natural response to outside threats on it such as stress, infections, chemicals, etc. When your immune system senses one of these dangers, it responds by protecting cells and tissues, which in turn causes inflammation.
Did you know?
Here are some things you may not know about inflammation:
- It can be a good thing. Next time you have a fever or sore throat and feel swollen glands, take a second to be thankful for inflammation, because without it, we’d never heal. The swelling and redness you experience are signs that your immune system is sending white blood cells and nutrients to the affected areas to help them heal.
- Inflammation of the joints can cause serious damage. Conditions like rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia can be caused by inflammation of the joints, which can mean serious pain, discomfort, loss of mobility, and even depression.
- Obesity can cause inflammation. Many people with chronic inflammation can have a slower metabolism as well as higher hunger signals, meaning more eating and fewer calories burned. That’s why it’s so tough for people with chronic inflammation to lose weight. It can also increase insulin resistance which can raise the risk for diabetes and mean more weight gain down the road.
- Inflammation can mean your body is repairing itself. The inflammation you feel after an exercise (AKA muscle soreness) is actually a good sign that your body is repairing itself. While the pain and discomfort can be managed, this is typically not a cause for concern.
How cryotherapy can help
For years, studies have shown that cryotherapy can help relieve pain and inflammation. Cryotherapy is said to have an analgesic and pain-blocking effect, and it’s made it easier for sufferers to move joints. Many have even reported that the effects last a minimum of three hours. These studies also found a significant functional improvement in joints affected by rheumatoid arthritis.
We’ve also seen results in real sufferers of arthritis and fibromyalgia. Photobiomodulation therapy, or PBM therapy, which is the technology behind the NovoTHOR, is the application of red and near-infrared light to tissue where there is degeneration or injury. This helps improve, repair, and reduce inflammation and pain through its ability to reduce oxidative stress — which is accepted as the underlying trigger for most diseases and degenerative conditions.
Take Ann’s story for example. She’s suffered from arthritis and fibromyalgia for years and has seen incredible results from the NovoTHOR bed.
If you’d like to talk more about how our modalities can help treat and relieve symptoms of inflammation, reach out to us here.