What Makes Cryotherapy So Effective

Cryotherapy has been around since the seventeenth century. Over time, it has advanced from traditional ice baths to cutting-edge cryogenic chambers. The term “cryotherapy” is derived from the Greek word cyro meaning cold, and therapy meaning cure. Today, whole body cryotherapy (WBC) is performed by exposing the body to chilling temperatures of colder than negative 200 degrees Fahrenheit for two to four minutes. While we know that cryotherapy works, what exactly makes it so effective?

Just a single treatment of cryotherapy can help reduce inflammation, relieve muscle aches

Whole body cryotherapy penetrates only the outer layer of skin. Just a single treatment of cryotherapy can help reduce inflammation, relieve muscle aches, release endorphins, and aid in athletic recovery. While traditional ice baths can offer similar benefits, they have some major pitfalls. Within 20 to 30 minutes in an ice bath, the muscles begin to stiffen and can stay rigid for several hours. A whole body cryotherapy session takes mere minutes and treatment recovery is nearly instantaneous.

Blood rushes to the body’s internal organs, circulation increases and the body is forced to burn more calories to keep warm

The secret to cryotherapy’s effectiveness is the bone-chilling temperatures. While the liquid nitrogen used to cool the air is cold enough to penetrate the skin for rapid muscle recovery, it doesn’t go deep enough to damage the body internally. As the blood rushes to the body’s internal organs, circulation increases and the body is forced to burn more calories to keep warm. With the average session lasting just three minutes, whole body cryotherapy sure beats taking an ice bath.

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Wholebody Cryotherapy: What Is It Like?

Is it possible to freeze your way to better health? Many health professionals think so. Cryotherapy involves standing nearly nude in an enclosed chamber while it’s blasted with liquid nitrogen to temperatures as low as -280 degrees Fahrenheit. While the benefits of a brief cryotherapy session are clear, most people want to know how it really feels to get cryogenically frozen.

Minute 1

After shedding most of your clothes minus some socks, slippers, and a pair of gloves for protection, you’ll be led into a stall-shower-sized chamber with the door closed behind you. The arctic chill will likely take your breath away upon entry. As your body is not used to enduring through sub-zero temperatures, you might shiver.

Minute 2

As you move into minute two, the technician will remind you to keep moving. Turning in small circles around the chamber helps prevent you from freezing in one spot. You’ll likely notice white smoke filling in the space around you. As you continue spinning, the chamber will reach its maximum temperature.

Minute 3

As you hit minute three, you may be feeling the effects of your session. During cryotherapy, the body releases endorphins that make you feel happy and energetic. Clients suffering from chronic pain will experience relief almost immediately. It’s almost like an adrenaline rush that pushes you to power through the treatment.

After a successful session, you’ll step out of the chamber and warmth will quickly spread throughout your body. As your body “thaws” out, you’ll feel a rush of energy and a decrease in pain. While there’s no doubt you’ll feel chilled during your treatment, most clients find the aftereffects to be well worth the bitter cold experience.

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How Cryotherapy Reduces Inflammation

If you’ve ever suffered from a temporary injury like a strained back or joint, you’ve likely resorted to classic remedies like rest, ice, and compression. Today, there are other safe and natural treatments that work even better to reduce inflammation and promote overall well-being. Cryotherapy has been proven to relieve inflammation due to injuries and certain health conditions by accelerating the body’s ability to repair itself.

How Cryotherapy Fights Inflammation

During whole body cryotherapy, your entire body from the neck down is cooled in a chamber as cold as -240 degree Fahrenheit for two to three minutes. Exposing your body to freezing conditions forces it to enter emergency survival mode. To keep the body functioning, blood rushes to your core to protect your internal organs. Endorphins, adrenaline, hormones, and enzymes are mass produced to better oxygenate and nourish your blood.

Once you leave the chamber, your body continues to normalize. Your exterior blood vessels expand, allowing blood to rush back to exterior regions of the body, such as your skin and extremities. The entire process aims to increase circulation and optimally oxygenate blood. In turn, cryotherapy treatment accelerates the healing process which improves joint function, diminishes pain, and reduces inflammation.

Cryotherapy Treats Chronic Pain and Inflammation

Cryotherapy was initially developed to treat the uncomfortable side effects associated with certain conditions like osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Today, the revolutionary treatment can benefit individuals suffering from a wide range of injuries and conditions, including those struggling with chronic pain. If you can handle the cold, you can reap the benefits of cryotherapy.

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All About Whole Body Cryotherapy

Do you want to alleviate muscle soreness, improve circulation, or even boost your immune system? With cryotherapy, you can. Practiced in parts of Japan and Europe for more than three decades, whole body cryotherapy involves immersing the body in a chamber where the temperature drops to 200 degrees below zero. After just two to four minutes in the chamber, the treatment is complete.

How Does Cryotherapy Work?

If you’ve ever twisted an ankle, you know that applying something cold to the injury is highly-effective for pain, swelling, and inflammation. The same concept applies here. A whole body cryotherapy chamber is essentially a big cold box, helping to relieve muscle soreness and aid in the recovery of injuries. It has been used to treat conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis in Japan since the late 70s.

Is Cryotherapy Safe?

During a cryotherapy session, a person stands in a chamber as liquid nitrogen-chilled air quickly reduces the temperature. Nitrogen is a non-toxic gas. In fact, it’s the same nitrogen that makes up 78 percent of the air we breathe. Clients are typically provided with socks, slippers, and gloves to prevent discomfort. Whole body cryotherapy is considered safe if you follow time recommendations and provide complete disclosure during pre-screening.

What are The Benefits of Cryotherapy?

Exposing the body to extremely cold temperature for just a few short minutes has been found highly effective in treating chronic pain, fatigue, skin conditions, inflammation, and sports injuries. If you have a pain that just won’t go away, experience the benefits of whole body cryotherapy.