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Boost Brain Function and Immune Response with Cryotherapy

Oct 28, 2020 06:45AM ● By Bob Lemon

Whole Body Cryotherapy is an effective tool in the human arsenal for overall wellness, anti-aging and improved athletic performance. It’s also an effective modality for mood enhancement and anti-anxiety needs. Like exercise, extreme heat (saunas), and fasting, science defines cryotherapy as a hermetic stressor. Hermetic stressors work as triggers creating a protective or healing effect within the body by activating a cellular response to what the body perceives as an attack. For example, exposing the body to two to three minutes of subzero temperatures is enough to cause a skin temperature drop of 30 degrees. Applied as a therapeutic, this hermetic stressor can create lasting effects.

Improves brain function

Part of brain functionality is controlled through the hormone and neurotransmitter norepinephrine. Proper levels of norepinephrine are responsible for vigilance, attention, focus, and positive mood – all of which are increased markedly when the body is exposed to extreme cold. Norepinephrine is also clinically proven to reduce anxiety and depression.

Cryotherapy sessions switches on the activity of cold shock proteins (called RBM3) which increase protein synthesis. These proteins protect the brain from cognitive and behavioral deficits associated with some neurodegenerative diseases such as dementia and Alzheimer’s.

Reduces inflammation and increases efficiency of immune function

At the core of many chronic diseases and the aging process is one common symptom: inflammation. Cryotherapy’s influence on norepinephrine also reduces inflammation, which helps to decrease levels of tumor necrosis alpha, a protein in your body that causes inflammation. Norepinephrine inhibits other proinflammatory processes which can reduce the pain and inflammation associated with arthritis and other conditions.

Therapeutically, cryotherapy can also promote the development of a healthy immune cell population, including cytotoxic T lymphocytes, which play key roles in protecting the body from cancer and “nurse cells” which protect our bodies from infections and virus.

Whole Body Cryotherapy sessions are non-invasive and a great therapy to add to any healthy lifestyle regiment for overall wellbeing of the mind and body.   

iCRYO of Port St. Lucie is offering complimentary tours and a 50% discount for first time guests, as well as packages of six sessions for $99. Call 772-237-5092 or visit to find out more. Walk-ins welcome, 1461 St. Lucie West Blvd., Port St. Lucie.