Cryotherapy & Wellness Centers located in Washington, DC & Bethesda, MD & Rockville, MD
More than 50 million Americans experience chronic pain on a daily basis. Though common, without early intervention and treatment, chronic pain can negatively affect your mobility and quality of life. At Capital Cryo in the Wesley Heights neighborhood of Washington, DC, and Bethesda and Rockville, Maryland, the team works with adults and teenagers to safely relieve chronic pain with cryotherapy and an infrared sauna. To schedule an appointment, book online or call the nearest office to speak with a friendly administrative staff member today.
Chronic Pain Q & A
What is chronic pain?
Everyone experiences aches from time to time, but chronic pain is persistent. In fact, chronic pain refers to any type of swelling, stiffness, or general discomfort that lasts for 12 weeks or longer.
Acute pain typically subsides as your body heals. Chronic pain is different in that your nerves continue to send pain signals to your brain, even after you recover. These nerve malfunctions can last for weeks, months, or even years. Without treatment, chronic pain can keep you from work, exercise, or other activities you love.
What causes chronic pain?
Chronic pain occurs for various reasons. At Capital Cryo, the team regularly treats chronic pain caused by:
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
- Sports injuries
- Work injuries
- Arthritis (joint pain)
- Slipped or herniated discs (back pain)
In addition, the team treats chronic pain caused by surgery (post-surgical pain) and automobile accidents (post-trauma pain).
Who is at risk of experiencing chronic pain?
Chronic pain affects all types of people, but there are several factors that may increase your risk. For example, you’re more likely to experience chronic pain if you’re over the age of 50, or you've experienced a sports injury in the past.
In addition, chronic pain tends to run in families. If your parents or grandparents experienced chronic pain, you’re more likely to as well.
How is chronic pain treated?
At Capital Cryo, the team treats chronic pain using safe, non-invasive, procedures. Depending on the source and severity of your pain, they might recommend:
Cryotherapy is a modern treatment that’s very similar to an ice bath. It exposes your body to ultra-low temperatures for about three minutes. Following each treatment session, you experience a reduction in soreness, stress, and chronic pain. Cryotherapy can address chronic pain in almost any area of your body.
An infrared sauna uses several special, infrared lights to increase circulation, remove toxins, and promote your body’s natural inflammatory response. During each treatment session, you sit in a special sauna for 20-30 minutes. The light triggers relief from chronic pain, restoring your range of motion and quality of life.
To access relief from chronic pain, schedule an appointment with the team at Capital Cryo. Book a consultation online, or call the nearest office to speak with a friendly administrative staff member today.
Reflexology is an ancient technique based on the theory that the feet and hands contain reflex points that correspond to every muscle, nerve, organ, gland, and bone in the body. Applying light pressure to these points helps to balance the nervous system and stimulates the release of endorphins that help to reduce pain and stress. Reflexology also reduces vascular constriction by improving the flow of blood and lymph in the body. As circulation improves, toxins are released.