Everything you want to know about whole body Cryotherapy
What Is Whole Body Cryotherapy?
WBC was first used in Japan in 1978 by Dr. Toshiro Yamauchi as a means of treating rheumatoid arthritis. The researchers were astonished when test studies began producing other beneficial results beyond Rheumatoid arthritis pain management. The cold therapy is administered in a cryochamber. The chamber utilizes liquid nitrogen to chill the air to –160-220o F. Sessions range from 2 minutes to 3 minutes as this is the amount of time needed for skin receptors to signal the brain to produce positive biological responses.
What Should I Expect During My Session?
As you enter the Cryochamber the sudden drop in heat stimulates the temperature receptors, prompting the brain to transmit messages throughout the body. This draws blood to the body's core to try to regulate the temperature. When you exit the Cryochamber, blood is pumped vigorously around the body, which in turn enhances the oxygen supply and removal of toxins. The cold also triggers the nervous system to release feel-good endorphins, plus the body's natural anti-inflammatory reaction to extreme cold results in a pain reduction.
Who Is It Recommended For?
Whole Body Cryotherapy benefits everybody from elite athletes, those seeking weight loss and skin rejuvenation to people with chronic and inflammatory medical conditions. Younger clients, age 14 and older can use Whole Body Cryotherapy with parent’s consent.
Can I Catch A Cold From The Cryochamber?
The immediate response from the cold therapy will raise the body’s temperature a few degrees for a short period of time. however, the overall stimulation of the immune system can help decrease the severity and frequency of future colds.
How Many Times Can I Get Whole Body
Cryotherapy In A Day? Most clients immediately feel energized after their first session, however it is recommended to have at least 5 sessions consecutively daily or every other day to establish the body’s baseline and to have lasting beneficial effects.
Who Should Not Use Whole Body Cyrotherapy?
Whole Body Cryotherapy is not recommended (contraindicated) for those persons with the following conditions: Pregnancy, acute myocardial infarction (MI), unstable angina pectoris, arrhythmia, symptomatic cardiovascular disease, cardiac pacemaker, peripheral arterial occlusive disease, venous thrombosis (blood clots), acute cerebrovascular accident, uncontrolled seizures, Raynaud’s Syndrome, symptomatic lung disorders, bleeding disorders, severe anemia, cold allergy, acute kidney diseases and severe Hypertension (BP>180/100). Clients should always check with their medical providers regarding their particular medical status.
Is It Comfortable?
Before entering the Cryochamber clients are instructed on proper protective clothing: socks, shoes, gloves and underwear for men. Privacy is always maintained as only the head is visible. The cold, though intense, is a dry, gaseous cold and does not make the skin wet. It is considered well-tolerated by those who are sometimes cold-intolerant.
How Do I Feel After A Session?
During the session, the brain receives cold signals from the skin and triggers the autopreservation mechanism within the body. This causes the release of endorphins into the bloodstream which relax the body and toxins are flushed away. This process is responsible for the feel good and energetic mood of the client which can last up to 8 hours. Many clients expressed having the best night of sleep after a Cryo session.
How Do I Get The Most Out of My Sessions?
To get the most out of your session, perform some light exercise and/or stretching after your sessions (this is why we have a bike for you to utilize in the cryotherapy room). Stay away from sugar, alcohol, artificial sweetener's, and refined carbohydrates as these increase inflammation. With your new found freedom from pain and inflammation you can start a mild exercise program to enhance the sessions and restore your body.
How is All of This Possible in Just 3 Minutes?
All of these benefits are not just happening in the 3 minutes that you are in the cyrochamber. 3 minutes is all it takes to trigger the body’s natural response to begin healing itself. The cryochamber can accelerate the body’s healing, and that’s why so many people find the cryochamber so helpful. As you age, our body’s natural healing slows down. The cryochamber simply speeds it back up!
Do I Have To Take A Shower Before And/ Or After The Procedure?
No, you don’t. This procedure is absolutely dry and does not make your skin wet.
Benefits and Sessions
Health and Wellness
- Relief from rheumatoid arthritis
- Pain relief from joint disorders
- Pain relief from fibromyalgia
- Alleviate symptoms and pain from Lyme disease
- Decreased muscle soreness/spasms
- Improved post-surgery recovery
- Alleviation of depression and anxiety
- Alleviation of stress, fatigue, insomnia
- Alleviation of migraines
- Lower incidents of cold and flu
- Prevention of osteoporosis
- Support treatment of multiple sclerosis
- Help solve asthma
Beauty and Anti-Aging
- Cellulite reduction
- Boosted metabolism
- Weight loss
- Psoriasis and skin conditions improved
- Collagen production/skin toning
Sports and Fitness
- Faster recovery from training
- Reduced inflammation, swelling, pain
- Enhanced energy and endorphins
- Improved muscle and motor unit
- Greater testosterone levels in men
Recommended Number of Sessions
- Arthritis: 15-20 sessions
- Fibromyalgia: At least 10 sessions
- Psoriasis: 15-30 sessions
- Joint Pain: 5-10 sessions
- Sports or Injury Recovery: As needed
- Improved Performance: 5-10 sessions
- Weight Loss: 30 sessions
- Cellulite Reduction: 10 sessions
- Metabolic Boost: 10 sessions