Inflammation

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Capital Cryo

Cryotherapy & Wellness Centers located in Washington, DC & Bethesda, MD & Chevy Chase, MD

Inflammation is a common side-effect of injuries and illnesses. It’s your body’s natural response to cell damage. At Capital Cryo in the Wesley Heights neighborhood of Washington, DC, and Bethesda and Chevy Chase, Maryland, the team treats inflammation using safe, outpatient procedures, including cryotherapy and the infrared sauna. To schedule an appointment, book a consultation online or call the nearest office to speak with a friendly administrative staff member today.

Inflammation Q & A

What is inflammation?

Inflammation is a natural immune response. It helps you fight back against illnesses, injuries, and toxins. 

When your cells experience damage, your body releases chemicals that increase blood flow in a particular area. This process relieves pain and typically resolves in a few days or a week. However, if you experience a severe injury or illness, inflammation may become chronic. Over time, chronic inflammation can trigger serious health problems.

 

What are the symptoms of inflammation?

Common symptoms of inflammation include:

  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Pain
  • Joint stiffness
  • Decreased mobility

When left untreated, inflammation can also cause more serious health problems, including fever, chills, loss of appetite, or fatigue.

 

What causes inflammation?

Inflammation occurs for various reasons. Sometimes it’s due to a work or sports injury. Other times, it points to a chronic underlying health problem like diabetes or arthritis. Lifestyle factors can also play a role.

For example, you’re more likely to experience inflammation if you’re overweight, use tobacco, or drink alcohol regularly.

 

How does inflammation affect my health?

Almost everyone experiences inflammation from time to time, but if your symptoms persist for weeks or even months, it can negatively affect your health and quality of life.

Research shows that long-lasting inflammation increases your risk of chronic ailments like heart disease, diabetes, and kidney failure. 

By taking steps to get your inflammation under control, you can lower your risk of these and other complications in the future.

 

How is inflammation treated?

Treatment for inflammation depends on the intensity of your symptoms and the underlying cause. Following a comprehensive exam, the team might recommend:

Infrared sauna

The infrared sauna uses 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 room for 20-30 minutes. The light triggers relief from chronic pain and inflammation, restoring your mobility and quality of life.

Cryotherapy

Cryotherapy exposes your body to ultra-low temperatures for about three minutes. Depending on your symptoms, the team at Capital Cryo might recommend full-body or targeted cryotherapy. Brief exposure to freezing temperatures provides a safe and effective way to alleviate inflammation, soreness, and chronic pain.

Don’t wait to receive treatment for inflammation, schedule an appointment at Capital Cryo. Book a consultation online, or call the nearest office to speak with a friendly member of the administrative staff today.