Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a common autoimmune disease that causes inflammation of the tissue that lines the inside of your joints. RA happens when your body’s immune system sees this tissue as an invader and tries to destroy it.
Patients with RA often experience pain, swelling, and disability as a result of their condition. RA typically affects the fingers, hands, wrists, ankles, and feet.
The condition is progressive, which means it gets more severe over time.
There is no current cure for RA, and most treatments focus on relieving symptoms. Rest is a critical part of RA treatment, as well are pain relievers and anti-inflammatories. Other therapies help patients to continue to use their joints and some treatments aim at slowing the disease.
One of the ways RA patients are fighting back against the disease is by using whole body cryotherapy in combination with their RA other treatments. Because RA causes high levels of inflammation, cryotherapy is ideal for reducing that inflammation. As a result, the pain associated RA is also reduced.
Cryotherapy helps to reset cells that are damaged by temporarily reducing blood flow to the affected area. Cells that are damaged by RA are destroyed, which prompts the body to produce new, healthy cells.
After a whole body cryotherapy session at Elite Cryo, RA patients report a reduction in pain and swelling, improvement in mobility, flexibility, and range of motion. The immune system is also bolstered and many patients report relief for long periods when they regularly undergo cryotherapy.
Some RA patients report that whole body cryotherapy even boosts in their mood. This is because cryotherapy activates endorphins that lift the mood while alleviating pain and inflammation.
Whole body cryotherapy is a great way to treat many autoimmune diseases, like eczema, psoriasis, and ankylosing spondylitis. It is also ideal for individuals suffering from muscle and connective tissue pain, pain from injury and overuse.