Signs and Causes of Worn Joint Cartilage

Even if you’re not the sporty kind, healthy joints are very important for a high standard of living.

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Knowing what you’re dealing with is very important and it’s good to keep a lookout for the symptoms of cartilage wear as well as to know the causes.

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The 3 most fattening Christmas dishes. Have you had them?

Christmas is a time for celebration with your loved ones – and what better way of doing it than feasting on sumptuous christmas meals? We are sure you’ve had your share of great dishes, but your waistline may be less appreciative of your indulgence. Let’s find out which food items rank the highest in terms of packing pounds on your frame:

1. Alcohol

Few of us could resist the urge to imbibe over this festive season – what is Christmas without spiced wine, after all? But watch it: alcohol is one of the main culprits causing you to pile on weight during the holiday season. Some alcohol contain a shockingly high amount of calories, which you might want to think about before you grab that second round of irish coffee!

2. Mashed potatoes

We all know that excess carbs contribute to weight gain, but imagine loading that with milk, butter, and salt. Well, that’s how you make mashed potatoes! It is even more fattening with added gravy on top. A healthier substitute would be to replace potatoes with sweet potatoes.

3. Cake

A Christmas without a buche noel wouldn’t be the same. But perhaps keep it at one slice – this sugary concoction of flour, eggs, milk and sugar is sure to make you gain unwanted pounds if you don’t keep an eye on how much you are eating!

If losing weight and keeping fit is on your list of New Year resolutions, you might want to consider cryotherapy for weight loss and fitness. Not only can cryotherapy aid in boosting metabolism (so you can burn all those excess calories away), it can also help you train harder and recover faster while exercising. Let us help you fight that post-holiday paunch!

Interested? Simply contact us to find out how cryotherapy can aid in weight loss!

Skin Freeze: 3 ways cryotherapy can help improve your skin

Out of all of cryotherapy’s applications, pain-relief is perhaps its most well known use – but did you also know that cryotherapy can be used to improve the appearance of your skin as well? In fact, Hollywood A-listers have been using it for years to keep their skin in top-notch condition. Let’s find out how cryotherapy can be used to improve your skin!

Iron out wrinkles:
Did you know that localised cryotherapy can be used to smooth out wrinkles and furrows on your face? Not many people know this, but cryotherapy can stimulate collagen production to fill out fine lines and restore vitality back into your appearance. Improved blood circulation also means that you can finally get rid of those dark eye circles, and even achieve a rosy complexion.

Decrease pore size:
Everyone knows the age-old trick of extracting blackheads after a hot shower – but do you know the rationale? It is because pores dilate with heat, making blackheads easier to extract. Conversely, cold can aid in reducing pore size, and not just temporarily. Cryotherapy can encourage collagen production, allowing previously slack skin around your pores to tighten and reduce the appearance of enlarged pores.

Eczema:
Topical creams are a shallow solution – literally. Those suffering from skin conditions such as eczema or atopic dermatitis are probably familiar with the hundreds of creams out there that claims to solve your problem. While these creams may be useful in providing temporary relief, you may have to look deeper for the real solution to these skin problems. Cryotherapy aims to boost your body’s immune functions from within, which can lead to a marked improvement in the above skin conditions by targeting the root of the problem.

Interested in using cryotherapy to improve your skin? Contact us now to find out what cryotherapy can do for you!

A cold that heals

Everything is muti-functional these days: your phone doubles as a camera, and your laptop has long replaced your television. Why should your healthcare routine fall behind? Take a simple, tried-and-tested solution and combine it with modern technology, and you will get Whole Body Cryotherapy – your all-in-one solution to improving your overall health and performance. Here are three ways Whole Body Cryotherapy can help you:

1. Decrease recovery time

One of the main functions for Whole Body Cryotherapy is pain relief, but do you also know that it can aid in recovery as well? Many athletes use Whole Body Cryotherapy as a way to take care of their bodies post-exercise – the cold temperature serves to kick start your immune system and reduce inflammation, so you can return to training faster and harder than before.

2. Burn Calories

Whole Body Cryotherapy (WBC) isn’t just for athletes or gym rats – many other types of people use it as a way to keep their bodies in optimum condition. WBC can kick start your metabolism, allowing your body to burn up to 800 calories in just minutes in the cryochamber. It is a great treatment for those who exercise and are also looking for additional avenues of weight loss.

3. Improve mental well-being

Being stressed almost feels normal these days for many people. Juggling work and personal life definitely takes a pretty big toll on our mental health. Mental health is every bit as important as our physical health and we should take care to not neglect it. Besides meditation, you can also try Whole Body Cryotherapy – it has been reported to improve mood and concentration significantly lasting up to hours after the session.

Interested in cryotherapy? Contact us now and let us see how we can help!

3 Weird Pain Relief Methods People Try at Home

From rubbing a hard boiled egg on bruises to putting a raw steak on your face – I’m sure we have all heard of weird pain relief methods before. Have you tried these bizarre home remedies for pain management?

Biting on a pencil to cure headaches.
Sometimes headaches can be brought about when you clench your jaws too hard due to stress. This strains the muscles, which in turn can trigger tension headaches. This housewives’ trick suggests that you put a pencil between your teeth to relax jaw muscles, which can prevent headaches.

Alternatively… Whole Body Cryotherapy can be used to reduce headaches, and even bring about a temporary sense of euphoria that can last for hours after treatment! No biting down on pencils – we are sure that tastes iffy anyway, and looks even sillier.

2. Tennis Balls to massage sore muscles.
Sore muscles from working out, or perhaps you are suffering from chronic aches? Some suggest that you look for help in a tennis ball. Roll a tennis ball on sore muscles to massage them for temporary pain relief. You can lean against a wall with the tennis ball pressing on your back to massage achy backs, or even step on it and roll it around with your foot to help achy feet.

Alternatively… Both localised and whole body cryotherapy have been proven to be effective treatments for both chronic pain management as well as muscle soreness post exercise. With Olympic athletes opting for this treatment to help their body recover post-exercise, you can be sure that it is good enough for you.

3. Magnets…how do they work?
It sounds bizarre, but some swear that magnets can help in pain relief. Simply place a magnet on achy parts, and they may affect how nerve cells function by blocking pain signals. They may also encourage blood flow to tissue to tissues. But beware – they may be unsafe for those with medical devices such as a pacemaker!

Alternatively… why not try cryotherapy? Whole Body Cryotherapy and Localised Cryotherapy have been scientifically proven to reduce pain and aid in recovery by encouraging circulation and numbing pain sensors. Opt for a method that has decades of research to prove that it works!

Contact us to find out more about how cryotherapy can benefit you. With a repertoire of users ranging from Hollywood celebrities to Olympic athletes, you too can enjoy this A-lister treatment.

These food you are eating could be causing joint pains!

Those who have experienced joint aches know how much it hurts and affects your life. Even simple things like bending down to put on your shoes, or picking up items can send unbearable pain through your joints. Chronic pain is a terrible thing to live with, so it is important to be educate yourselves about what you are doing that could be making it worse, and what you could do to help alleviate the pain! Reduce joint pain now by understanding more about it.

  1. Sugar

Yup, sugar is bad for your waistline AND your joints. Not only does excessive sugar consumption increase your chances of developing diabetes and coronary diseases, it also encourages inflammation of your joints. Researchers have found a link between the consumption of sugary drinks and arthritis, so think about that the next time you pick up a can of soft drink! This is one of the causes of joint pain and you definitely don’t want to make it worse.

  1. Omega-6 fatty acids

You may not have heard of it before, but it can be found in lots of food that you consume on a daily basis. Omega-6 fatty acids can be found in soybeans, corn, sunflower oil, which are components of a lot of groceries you are consuming. It can also be found in fried food, egg yolks, and meats. Research has found a correlation between Omega-6 fatty acids and health problems like asthma, cardiovascular diseases, and yes – inflammation! If you have arthritis, you may want to watch what you eat!

  1. Tomatoes

Yes – surprising, isn’t it? We have often associated tomatoes with healthy food, but it could spell bad news for those suffering from gout. Research has shown that tomatoes could actually be a trigger for as high as 20% of people suffering from gout – but you don’t have to cut tomatoes out entirely. Simply reducing the intake would be sufficient.

Now that you know what food you should avoid making joint pains worse, you should also learn about how you can lessen joint pain with tried and tested treatments. Cryotherapy has been used for decades to help people living with joint pain, and we have refined the technology to be more effective than ever. With localised cryotherapy, we can accurately target joint pains to help reduce inflammation, encourage recovery, and alleviate pain. Combine localised cryotherapy with a healthy diet to embark upon your journey to a pain-free life!

Could you freeze your way to a slimmer figure?

We’ve heard about Bikram yoga and how heat can help you (literally) sweat pounds off your frame – but what about cold? There is a common misconception that people put on weight when the weather gets cold, but do you know that you can harness the power of cold to burn off fats too? Don’t worry – lots of people are surprised by this benefit of cryotherapy. Find out more about how you can use cryotherapy for weight loss below!

The principle behind how cryotherapy for weight loss works is simple: by bringing your surface temperature down, your body is shocked into kick starting your metabolism – and we all know what that means. Let your body burn off the fats as easy as that!

This treatment is especially useful for people who may not otherwise be able to dedicate hours every week going to the gym. Perhaps you simply have too much work to do, perhaps you need to pick your kids up after school, or maybe you even suffer from chronic health problems that makes most form of exercise an impossibility. There are various reasons why some people cannot realistically pursue exercise as a method for weight loss, but that does not mean they don’t deserve to have a slim and svelte figure!

Cryogenic therapy has been employed for decades by doctors as an effective method to alleviate pain, there has been evidence indicating that it aids in weight loss as well. Cryotherapy to lose fats is especially useful for people looking to lose fat deposits in stubborn areas, such as the back, upper arms, and even around the armpits.

Got stubborn fat deposits too that you want to get rid of? Why not give Whole Body Cryotherapy a try? Contact us to find out more now!

5 celebrities and athletes who use cryotherapy – could your idol be one of them?

We may not experience winter here in Singapore, but there’s no reason why you can’t give your body a wintry treat with cryotherapy. After all, plenty of stars are freezing themselves to get their bodies in top conditions! Find out which of these celebrities and athletes are harnessing the power of whole body cryotherapy – could your idol be amongst one of them?

  1. Daniel Craig

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Who is cooler and more suave than James Bond himself? Daniel Craig is said to have used whole body cryotherapy treatments to get his physique in tip-top condition for his role in Skyfall. If it’s good enough for James Bond, it’s definitely good enough for us.

  1. Cristiano Ronaldo

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There’s no denying that football is a strenuous sport, and injuries frequently occur on pitch. So how do star footballers stay in top shape and recover quickly from sports-related injuries? Cryogenic therapy, of course. Arguably one of the world’s most famous player – Cristiano Ronaldo – is such a big fan of cryotherapy that he bought a machine just for himself. For those of us who lack the space (and the dough) for our own machine, fortunately there’s Absolute Zero, your solution to cryotherapy in Singapore.

  1. Kobe Bryant

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The laundry list of elite athletes using cryo treatment includes star NBA player Kobe Bryant, who uses this chilling technology to ease post-workout soreness. With benefits like fighting inflammation and boosting the body’s immune system, it’s no wonder that whole body cryotherapy is the go-to treatment for sports stars.

  1. Usain Bolt

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With cryotherapy listed as one of the recommended recovery technique by none other than the International Olympic Committee, it is no surprise that Olympic medalists turn to Whole Body Cryotherapy as well. Usain Bolt is amongst one of the most notable believers of whole body cryotherapy – and with so many medals and world records to back him up, who is to challenge his beliefs?

  1. Jessica Alba

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Cryogenic therapy is not just for men – various female Hollywood A-listers have been known to turn to liquid nitrogen cryotherapy to boost their looks and well-being. Ever wondered how Jessica Alba seem to stay permanently youthful and svelte? Well – cryotherapy may be the answer to that! Demi Moore, Lindsay Lohan, and Demi Lovato are amongst others who were seen to also freeze themselves into shape.

You don’t have to be a celebrity or elite athlete to try out Whole Body Cryotherapy – contact Absolute Zero now to see how you can too benefit from it!

Happy Deepavali!

All of us at the ONLY Group wishes you a very happy Deepavali! May your weekend be filled with light, love, and happiness.

It is especially important to prioritise your mind and health in this increasingly stressful world. Having to juggle work with personal life can sometimes bring an inordinate amount of stress to our lives, and our health usually suffers as a result of that. Lots of us turn to Yoga to stay fit and healthy both physically and mentally, but do you know that you can combine Cryotherapy with Yoga to amplify the benefits? It is no longer a treatment just for top athletes and Hollywood celebrities: let us show you how you can fuse Yoga with Cryotherapy to keep your body and mind in the best condition always!

Be Mindful:

Yoga is a mind-body practice that combines physical exercise with breathing control, and mental meditation. Studies have shown that yoga and meditation is useful in lowering stress levels in a variety of populations. People suffering from chronic anxiety, insomnia, and even bipolar disorder have benefited from this exercise. But did you know that Cryotherapy can also bring you similar benefits? Stay for a couple of minutes in our CryoChamber, and you can feel your stress and anxiety melt away. Walk out feeling more energetic, relaxed, and recharged, ready to take on the day and all its challenges!

Boost Immunity:

Besides alleviating the effects of mental conditions, there is evidence that yoga can contribute towards reducing risk factors for chronic diseases, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and heart diseases. Researchers have found that yoga is as effective in lowering blood pressure as some nutrition or weight counselling programs. Cryotherapy works in very much the same ways – by lowering the body’s temperature, cryotherapy treatment triggers your body’s regulatory reactions, boosting your immune function. Better yet, it can also kick start your metabolism, allowing you to burn more calories than baseline function. Just imagine how much more effective your routine would be if you add a few minutes of cryotherapy to it!

A song of Ice and Fire:

Bikram Yoga involves stepping into a sauna-hot room and flowing through a series of 26 poses. It is purported to allow the body to stretch, detoxify, relieve stress, build strength, and even heal chronic pain such as back problems, knee problems, arthritis – why not harness the power of both fire and ice and add cryotherapy to this routine? Whole Body Cryotherapy was originally developed to alleviate pain for patients suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, and can do wonders to help reduce chronic pain especially in the joints. Let Cryotherapy pave the way for you to a pain-free life!

Discover these benefits of cryotherapy for yourself, and see how it can help you achieve the optimum state your body and mind could be at. Find out more about this cool treatment now!