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.

Cryotherapy Treatment Expedites Recovery Process of Athletes

Originally developed to help treat certain medical conditions, cryotherapy has become a saving grace for injured athletes. Cryotherapy involves exposing the body to subzero temperatures, sometimes as cold as negative 200 degrees Fahrenheit. Extreme cold activates the central nervous system response, which has been found to speed up the healing and recovery process in athletes.

Cryotherapy and Its Effect on Recovery

Similar to a traditional ice bath, cryotherapy uses cold temperatures to heal. Instead of water, a “cryosauna” uses liquid nitrogen to cool the air. When you step into a cryotherapy chamber, your body instantly goes into survival mode. Your brain gives the command to send blood to your vital organs and retrieve extra nutrients and oxygen. Once you step out of the chamber, the enriched blood flushes back into your body.

“Cryotherapy works fast to send nutrients and oxygen to damaged areas of the body, while boosting blood flow and circulation.”

Athletes can suffer from a wide range of injuries, from common sprains and strains to more complex ACL tears and rotator cuff damage. If an injury doesn’t properly heal, it could mean the end of a sports career. Cryotherapy works fast to send nutrients and oxygen to damaged areas of the body, while boosting blood flow and circulation. These processes also help reduce inflammation and swelling, which leads to a faster recovery.

With the number of benefits cryotherapy provides, it’s no secret why this innovative technology has become a go-to treatment for athletes at all skill levels. If you can make it through a two-to-three minute teeth-chattering cold treatment, you may be one step closer to recovery.


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What is Whole Body Cryotherapy? And How Does it Help?

Cryotherapy promises pain relief, enhanced energy, and weight loss. It’s also an effective way to speed up recovery following an intense workout or sports injury. The popular treatment involves standing in a special chamber that exposes the body to freezing temperatures. The chilling environment has an instant anti-inflammatory effect that reduces swelling, boosts metabolism, improves sleep, and makes skin appear younger and smoother.

“Cryotherapy promises pain relief, enhanced energy, and weight loss”

When you step into a cryotherapy chamber, liquid nitrogen is released to reach temperatures as low as negative 250 degrees Fahrenheit. The treatment lasts just two to three minutes, which is just enough time to cool your surface temperature without affecting your body’s core temperature. As your surface temperature plummets, blood and oxygen rushes to your vital organs in attempt to keep your core temperature up. Once you step out of the cryotherapy chamber, the richly-oxygenated blood rushes back to your extremities.

“Cryotherapy is an effective way to speed up recovery following an intense workout or sports injury”

Whole body cryotherapy first emerged in Japan in 1978. It was first used for rheumatoid arthritis but was later adopted in Europe for the use of physical therapy and sports training. Since then, athletes at all fitness levels have adopted the growing technology to provide faster pain relief and help them perform at their best.

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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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What Makes Cryotherapy Treatments So Effective

Heal the Body Naturally With Whole Body Cryotherapy

What makes cryotherapy so effective is the temperatures that the body is exposed to during the process. Air that has been cooled to temperatures of -140°C and below are impossible to reach in a normal, outdoor environment. The cooled dry air used by our cryotherapy chamber makes it possible. Cryotherapy has taken the age old concept of the ice bath and combined it with the latest cutting edge technology in order to make the cold more beneficial. With cryotherapy the cold penetrates deeply enough to speed up the muscle recovery process but not deep enough to cause any damage.

Cryotherapy Increases Blood Flow and Heals the Body

When the body is exposed to temperatures as low as those used in cryotherapy it goes into survival mode. This causes blood to rush to the core of the body, circulation to increase, and it causes the body to burn calories in order to stay warm. The external impacts of cryotherapy are just as great as the internal. The most profound benefits include a reduction in signs of aging and an overall improvement in the skin. cryotherapy is able to achieve these results because cold air causes an increase in the production of collagen, the protein that prevents the skin from ageing. Cryotherapy also causes the pores to shrink and an increase in blood circulation which lead to a flawless appearance of the skin.

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.