What Can Cryotherapy Do for You?
Cryotherapy is a natural treatment that stimulates the body’s natural healing potential and activates the immune response. Proven to reduce pain, minimize inflammation, and enhance sports performance, cryotherapy is popular amongst high-performing athletes, models, celebrities, and Olympians.There is no other therapy known to elicit such a powerful, positive and holistic response.
Benefits of Cryotherapy
- Increases metabolic rate (each session burns 500-800 calories)
- Reduces overall inflammatory response in the body
- Improves circulation
- Higher sports performance and recovery
- Stimulates the body’s natural healing abilities
- Stimulates the circulatory system, energy meridians, and the nervous systems
- Releases endorphins, producing an overall higher sense of well-being
- Alleviates pain from chronic injury
- Promotes the production of collagen and reduces pore size
- Increases skin elasticity
- Increases oxygenation throughout the body
- Improved mood and decreased risk of depression
- Promotes a more restful night’s sleep
Have Questions? Browse our FAQs Below.
WHAT IS CRYOTHERAPY?
Whole body cryotherapy (WBC) was originally developed in Japan in 1978, the benefits have been studied and refined in Europe since that time. Whole body cryotherapy has recently been introduced in the US and is currently popular among doctors, chiropractors, physical therapists and professional athletes.
First introduced in the late 1970s in Japan and subsequently refined in Europe, cryotherapy is an innovative and natural healing technique in which a patient enters a special chamber where nitrogen gas lowers his or her surface temperature from the normal 30 degrees Fahrenheit to minus 166 degrees Fahrenheit. Doing so reduces muscle pain, swelling and inflammation. Cryo comes from the Greek word “kurios,” which means “icy” or “cold,” and this therapy is rooted in the long-time practice of icing sore muscles after exercise or injury. Cryotherapy has been embraced by elite athletes representing eclectic sports, from basketball Kobe Bryant and LeBron James to baseball’s Texas Ranger pitcher C.J. Wilson.
WHAT HAPPENS DURING A TREATMENT?
The patient enters the cryochamber as the nitrogen gas fills and cools the chamber to approximately -250 Fahrenheit. Over a period of 3 minutes the patient’s skin surface is lowered approximately 30-40 degrees. This sudden drop in temperature triggers the body’s survival mechanisms. As a result, there is a release of endorphins as well as a rapid circulation of oxygen rich blood throughout the body. Capillaries will expand up to four times their natural diameter, which enables your white blood cells to access and heal your injuries up to five times faster.
IS NITROGEN DANGEROUS TO HUMANS?
WHAT DO I WEAR?
ARE THERE ANY AGE RESTRICTIONS?
WHAT DOES IT FEEL LIKE POST TREATMENT?
IS THERE ANYTHING I SHOULD AVOID FOLLOWING A CRYOTHERAPY TREATMENT?
HOW MANY CRYOTHERAPY SESSIONS CAN I UNDERGO DAILY?
I HEARD WORKING OUT AFTER TREATMENT IS A GOOD IDEA?
HOW MANY TREATMENTS SHOULD I TAKE TO ACHIEVE OPTIMAL RESULTS?
CAN I CATCH A COLD BECAUSE OF THIS PROCEDURE?
I'M CLAUSTROPHOBIC. MAY I USE WHOLE BODY CRYOTHERAPY?
DO I HAVE TO TAKE A SHOWER BEFORE AND/OR AFTER THE PROCEDURE?
WHAT ARE THE RISKS OF WHOLE BODY CRYOTHERAPY?
WHO SHOULD NOT USE WHOLE BODY CRYOTHERAPY?
The following conditions are contraindications to whole body Cryotherapy:
- Severe Hypertension (BP> 180/100)
- Acute or recent myocardial infarction
- Unstable angina pectoris
- Symptomatic cardiovascular disease
- Cardiac pacemaker
- Cardiac Stent
- Peripheral arterial occlusive disease
- Venous thrombosis
- Acute or recent cerebrovascular accident
- Uncontrolled seizures
- Raynaud’s Syndrome
- Tumor disease
- Symptomatic lung disorders
- Bleeding disorders
- Severe anemia
- Cold allergy
- Acute kidney and urinary tract diseases
- Open wounds
- Ischemic heart disease