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Cryotherapy for MS

May 3, 2016

Many people are turned off by cryotherapy due to the unpleasant ice cold temperatures. It may not be the most pleasant thing in the world, but it is thought that this therapy boosts the immune system, heals damage caused to the nerves, helps to ease pain, rejuvenates tired skin, and reduces inflammation.

Many MS patients will give this therapy a try because of the effects it has on their symptoms, but it also thought to allow for better sleep and reduces stress. There are several places in the US as well as Europe and the UK that offer Cryotherapy to treat multiple sclerosis. If you can't get to one of these places or can't afford it, you can try this at home by gradually increasing time in a cold shower or bath. Start with a few seconds in a cold shower after your usual bath. Then work your way up to a 20-30 minute cold bath with ice cubes once a day.

The extreme cold boosts blood circulation. This will increase the oxygen in your blood as well as help speed up the delivery of nutrients. A treatment of cryotherapy consists of a few minutes in a cold chamber. The patient will wear protective clothing to avoid frostbite.

Cryotherapy is definitely not for everyone, but it is something to consider if you want to lessen symtpoms. Watch this video to see a session for yourself!