Cryotherapy, depression and sleep
The effects of partiel and full body cryotherapy (CEC/CCP) on well-being, quality of life, and the mind can be explained by the hormonal response of the human body following a cryotherapy session. Indeed, CEC/CCP increases plasma concentrations of catecholamines (adrenaline, noradrenaline), corticotropic hormones (ACTH), cortisol and endorphins. Depression could be due to neurobiological dysfunction resulting from deregulation of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis, which plays an important role in :
- response to stress and pain.
The positive effects of CEC on depression are due to an activation of the endogenous opiod system (physiological control of reward brain circuits) and the “pain control system”. This multiple reactivation of the systems could play a role in the treatment of mental disorders. Finally, a reactivation of the parasympathetic nervous system could have a positive effect for people suffering from burn-out, anxiety or sleep disorders.