WHOLE BODY CRYOTHERAPY
At Therapy Cryosalon, we're passionate about the benefits of cyotherapy and have seen it help many people recover from injury, surgery, acute and chronic pain.
Whole Body Cryotherapy is the body's exposure to subzero temperatures, which triggers a systemic anti-inflammatory response. This causes the release of endorphins, the body's natural pain inhibitors and mood elevators, while the enhanced circulation activity decreases inflammation by flushing out toxins and metabolic waste with a supply of oxygen and nutrient-enriched blood to stimulate cellular regeneration (faster healing).
Whole Body Cryotherapy is used for athletic performance and recovery, inflammation and pain management, beauty and weight loss, and overall health and wellness.
CRYOTHERAPY CAN HELP THE FOLLOWING CONDITIONS:
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Musculoskeletal injuries
- Autoimmune and other inflammatory disorders
- Skin disorders such as eczema, dermatitis and psoriasis
- Skin aging, skin elasticity, and cellulite
- Athletic performance
- Pain management
- Improve sleep and mood
- Weight management
- Postsurgical recovery
The History of Cryotherapy
It may seem like something straight out of a science fiction movie, but cryotherapy was originally pioneered in 1978 by Dr. Yamaguchi of Japan, who started using extremely cold temperatures to treat his patients who were suffering from rheumatic diseases. He noticed that the treatment was extremely successful not just for rheumatic diseases but for a number of other conditions as well. He found that cooling the surface of the skin significantly reduced the soreness and pain his patients were experiencing in their joints. Drawing on this successful method of treatment, Dr. Yamaguchi and his team came to the conclusion that using a cryosauna to rapidly cool the skin surface was much more effective than immersing a patient in an ice bath. This research led to the advancements in whole body cryotherapy which we now have today.
Over the past four decades numerous studies have confirmed the benefits of whole body cryotherapy. Cryotherapy has become the go-to method for recovery from sports injuries, chronic pain, and inflammation. And it's not only for pain; it's a holistic approach to health and wellness with numerous other positive effects on the body including weight loss, collagen production in the skin, an increase in energy, and boosting the metabolism.
Athletic & Sport Benefits
- Increased ability and performance
- Quicker recovery time
- Reduction of inflammation and muscle soreness
- Improved joint function
- Increased muscle stamina
- Boosted energy
Skin & Beauty Benefits
- Increased collagen production
- Reduction of skin blemishes
- Reduction of cellulite, spider veins, and varicose veins
- Increased weight loss and caloric burn
- Stronger, fuller hair
- Stronger fingernails and toenails
- A more youthful complexion
Health & Wellness
- Improved sleep
- Increased energy
- Pain relief from chronic medical conditions
- Accelerated weight loss
- Increased blood circulation
- Resetting of the body's immune processes
- Treatment of anxiety, depression, and mood disorders
- Quicker recovery from surgery
WHAT TO EXPECT ON YOUR VISIT
Our trained staff will meet with you to discuss your goals, answer any questions you may have, and to ensure that you are completely comfortable. The cryotherapy treatment will be explained to you before beginning your session.
You will complete and sign the waiver which confirms whether there are pre-existing conditions that would preclude you from using cryotherapy. We will provide you with a robe, socks and gloves to protect the extremities from the extreme cold. Men need to wear cotton briefs or boxers. Women can wear cotton underwear but it is not necessary. Any jewelry will be removed. Once you enter the cryosauna the door will be closed and you can take off your robe and hand it to the technician.
Your privacy is very important to us and only your head is visible throughout the entire process. Before you know it, you will be feeling the invigorating and healing effects of the cryotherapy and the entire 3-minute session will be completed.
After the session ends, the cryosauna will automatically lower and the adjustable height platform to floor-step level, and you can then exit the chamber. You will feel aches and pain dissolve as your body quickly returns to normal temperature. The refreshing and energizing feeling from the brain-released endorphins can last up to 8 hours, and most people experience a sound night's sleep. Continued regular treatment can alleviate symptoms from chronic pain, injuries and medical conditions.
Frequently Asked Questions
How does Whole Body Cryotherapy work?
The client steps into the cryosauna which uses gasiform nitrogen to rapidly lower the skin surface temperature to about 32°F. The cryosauna temperature ranges between -238°F to -274°F for the two to three minutes of treatment. The brain reacts to the skin sensors by stimulating the regulatory functions of the body and releasing anti-inflammatory proteins and endorphins into the bloodstream.
How does Cryotherapy compare to an ice bath?
Whole Body Cryotherapy treatments result is a very different response from the body. Three minutes of extreme, dry cold reaches only the top skin layers and cold receptors causing the brain to restrict blood flow to an internal cycle. WBC causes the body to release anti-inflammatory proteins and endorphins resulting in super-charged blood. In an ice bath, fifteen minutes of cold water initially causes the body to move blood to the extremities and results in a chilled lowering of the body's core temperature. Ice baths do not supercharge the blood.
Is nitrogen gas dangerous?
No, nitrogen is a friendly, non-toxic gas. Nitrogen composes 78% of the air that we breathe. The other components are 16% Oxygen, 1% Hydrogen and 5% other gases. Nitrogen is as common and safe as Oxygen.
What do I wear in the Cryosauna?
We provide you with dry socks and slip-on sandals for your feet. We also provide light cotton gloves for your hands. Men should have a dry undergarment; not required for women. All jewelry, watches, chains, bracelets are removed. The idea is to expose as much skin surface as possible so that the body's reaction is optimized.
Is Whole Body Cryotherapy comfortable?
Yes. WBC involves dry, hyper-cooled air flowing over the skin surface; so the process never freezes skin tissues, muscles or organs. The result is only a "feeling" of being cold. The body is being tricked into believing that this extreme cold is life threatening. Cryotherapy is a dry cold with no moisture and tolerable even to those who consider themselves cold intolerant. Towards the end of the treatment, you may get a "pins and needles" sensation which will dissipate after the treatment.
What if I get cold easily?
Since the cold from WBC only penetrates the surface of the skin, you will only experience a slight chill. Cryotherapy improves circulation throughout the body and stimulates production of brown fat, so your future ability to tolerate cold should improve.
Can I catch a cold from Whole Body Cryotherapy?
No. The immediate cold impact of the cryotherapy will raise the internal body temperature for a short period of time. The stimulation of the immune system can help decrease the severity and frequency of future colds.
I'm claustrophobic, can I use Whole Body Cryotherapy?
Yes. Your entire head remains exposed to the room and above the Cryosauna. The door cannot lock and the staff member is there through the entire process until the session has ended.
How will I feel after a session?
WBC stimulates the body to release endorphins, the hormones that make us feel alert and energetic. The buoyant effects from each session typically last for six to eight hours. Many clients report improvements in their sleep quality after cryotherapy.
Do I have to take a shower before or after a session?
Showering is not necessary before or after cryotherapy. The entire procedure is dry and does not make your skin wet. Many clients come by during their lunch break since the entire treatment is only 3 minutes long. We can accommodate your specific scheduling request.
Can I exercise after the cryotherapy session?
Yes, an advantage of cryotherapy over ice therapy is that tissues and muscle are not frozen. Ten minutes of light exercise post cryotherapy will induce more rapid vasodilation of the blood vessels and capillaries, and extend the period of analgesia.
How many treatments are needed to achieve optimal results?
Depending upon the condition being treated, it should initially take five to ten treatments in close succession (every other day). After this initial loading period, maintenance treatments should be at least once per week.
Who should use Whole Body Cryotherapy?
WBC is ideal for athletes seeking muscle recovery, people with chronic pain and inflammatory conditions, and those seeking weight loss and skin rejuvenation. Cryotherapy is used post-surgery to accelerate healing and reduce pain without the side effects of pain medications. Younger clients, ages 10 to 18, can use WBC with parent’s consent.
What are the risks of Whole Body Cryotherapy?
WBC is very well tolerated and has minimal risks. Fluctuations in blood pressure during the procedure by up to 10 points systolically (reverses after the procedure as peripheral circulation returns to normal), allergic reaction to extreme cold (rare), claustrophobia, anxiety, activation of some viral conditions (cold sores, etc.) due to stimulation of the immune system. Protective clothing (socks, gloves, undergarments) must be dry in order to avoid frostbite.
Who should not use Whole Body Cryotherapy?
The following conditions are contraindications for WBC: Pregnancy, severe hypertension (BP > 180/100), acute or recent myocardial infarction (heart attack: need to be cleared for exercise), narrowing of valves, crescent-shaped aorta and mitral valve, unstable angina pectoris, arrhythmia, symptomatic cardiovascular disease, cardiac pacemaker, peripheral arterial occlusive disease, venous thrombosis (blood clots), acute or recent cerebrovascular accident (stroke: must be cleared for exercise), uncontrolled seizures, Raynaud's syndrome, fever, tumor disease, symptomatic lung disorders, bleeding disorders, severe anemia, infection, claustrophobia, cold allergy, acute kidney and urinary tract diseases, incontinence, age less than 18 years (parental consent required). Clients should always check with their medical providers regarding their particular medical status.