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How Cryotherapy Helps Back Pain & Inflammation – Full Breakdown

Interestingly enough, Back Pain is actually one of the things that Cryotherapy handles best – having originally been intended for Rheumatoid Arthritis & Scoliosis Patients, meaning patients with inflammation and back problems.

A few interesting facts about back pain:

  • Low back pain is the single leading cause of disability worldwide, according to the Global Burden of Disease 2010.
  • Back pain is one of the most common reasons for missed work.  In fact, back pain is the second most common reason for visits to the doctor’s office, outnumbered only by upper-respiratory infections.
  • One-half of all working Americans admit to having back pain symptoms each year.2
  • Experts estimate that as much as 80% of the population will experience a back problem at some time in their lives.3
  • Most cases of back pain are mechanical or non-organic—meaning they are not caused by serious conditions, such as inflammatory arthritis, infection, fracture or cancer.
  • Americans spend at least $50 billion each year on back pain—and that’s just for the more easily identified costs.4

What Causes Back Pain?

The back is a complicated structure of bones, joints, ligaments and muscles. You can sprain ligaments, strain muscles, rupture disks, and irritate joints, all of which can lead to back pain. While sports injuries or accidents can cause back pain, sometimes the simplest of movements—for example, picking up a pencil from the floor— can have painful results. In addition, arthritis, poor posture, obesity, and psychological stress can cause or complicate back pain. Back pain can also directly result from disease of the internal organs, such as kidney stones, kidney infections, blood clots, or bone loss.

What Causes Back Pain

How Cryotherapy Reduces Back Inflammation

When your body is exposed to cold temperatures, especially for long periods of time, it reacts by restricting veins in what’s called “Vasoconstriction”.

This in turn reduces the amount of blood flow to the area, and all operations in the area slow down.

When doing Cryotherapy your entire body reacts in this way – all of your blood and resources are pulled from your extremities to your core.

As you can imagine this has a massive impact on inflammation, as the excess chemicals destroying your body in the swollen areas are pulled away as well.

How Cryotherapy Helps Back Pain

Cryotherapy reduces back Pain in 2 Ways

1. Reduced Inflammation

During Vasoconstrition – when your blood is being pulled from your extremities to your core – it’s also pulling pain causing chemicals released by white blood cells.

White Blood cells release these chemicals to deter you from using something – usually because the area is damaged.

But in the case of a chronic problem, like in many situations involving back pain, these chemicals are counter productive.

2. Norepinephrine

This is Every Single bit as powerful and as important as the reduce of inflammation(and pain with it).

During every Cryotherapy session your body releases 3-5x’s the normal amount of a hormone called Norepinephrine.

This Hormone is what causes vasoconstriction, and reduces inflammation.

In addition to this though, it’s also a potent pain killer, and is commonly injected into peoples backs to relieve them.

Check out our Full Blog on how Cryotherapy Help with Pain Relief

Pain Relief

How Long do the Effects Last?

We hate to say this, but it depends on how severe your situation is.


If you have very large amount of inflammation, or it’s been building up for sometime, it may take more sessions to fully reduce and get your life back to normal.

Each Session will reduce the inflammation, consecutive sessions will further lower it, until it’s completely gone – if you’re situation is chronic however, it will return, and additional cryotherapy sessions may be needed.

Once it’s fully reduced though it’s much easier to just keep up with maintenance, and you’ll more than likely be able to reduce the number of croytherapy sessions down.

Pain Relief

As with the above, the relief you feel is going to be somewhat determined on you – reduced inflammation will give you a longer term pain relief, while the build up of norepinephrine will work more in the short term.

in both of these cases (inflammation & norepinephrine) more sessions will lead to more relief, and once you’re down to zero – just like with your inflammation – you’ll be able to reduce the number of sessions you need

Total Relief

For Best Results (Conclusion)

Cryotherapy is one of the best, if not THE best alternative to pills or surgery.

It has a huge impact on inflammation, and with it pain.

For best Results it’s recommended you start with 1-3 sessions cryotherapy sessions in close succession, you’ll be able to gauge your pain & inflammation levels from there and see how many sessions you’ll need total to fully reduce the pain & inflammation, and from there move into a maintenance mode.

Hope you enjoyed this article!

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IceHouse Team

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