Whole Body Cryotherapy
Benefits of Whole Body Cryotherapy
With Whole Body Cryotherapy (WBC) the body is exposed to ultra-low temperatures, triggering a systemic anti-inflammatory response. The client is placed in Cryotherapy Chamber for a short duration of 1.5-3 minutes which lowers the client’s skin surface temperature significantly and stimulates receptors without damaging any tissue.
This modality was first utilized in Japan in 1978 to treat rheumatoid arthritis. European studies conducted over the last two decades have established WBC as a powerful treatment for inflammatory disorders and injuries. The accelerated production of collagen improves skin elasticity and texture, reversing skin aging and the appearance of cellulite. WBC boosts the body’s metabolic rate, accelerating weight loss outcomes. Professional athletes have discovered WBC as a powerful treatment to decrease recovery time and increase athletic performance. Although Whole Body Cryotherapy originated in Japan, it was a group of Polish scientists who took the idea and made Whole Body Cryotherapy the physical therapy it is today. The Olympic rehabilitation center in Spala, Poland opened in May 2000 and has been used as a training and injury rehabilitation center for many sporting bodies.
In the Cryochamber, the patient is protected from acute frostbite with socks. Clothing worn during the treatment is minimal: for women clothing is optional while for men genitals have to be covered with cotton underwear. During treatment the average skin temperature drops to 10°C (50°F), while the coldest skin temperature can be 5°C (41°F). The core body temperature remains unchanged during the treatment, however it may drop slightly afterwards. Therapy triggers the release of endorphins which induce analgesia (immediate pain relief).
Patients report that the experience is invigorating and improves a variety of conditions such as psychological stress, insomnia, rheumatism, muscle and joint pain, fibromyalgia, itching, and psoriasis. The immediate effect of skin cooling and analgesia lasts for 5 minutes, but the release of endorphins can have a lasting effect, where the pains and signs of inflammation as found in blood tests remain suppressed for weeks. The effects of extreme cold and endorphin release are scientifically studied. Additionally, there is a 500-800 calorie after-burn associated with the body warming itself up, thus jump-starting the metabolism helping reach weight-loss goals.
Sports and Training Benefits
Professional teams and elite athletes have been using Whole Body Cryotherapy to win championships and Olympic Gold Medals. Cryotherapy has been used for decades in sports and training to treat and relieve chronic pain symptoms associated with competitive injury and overuse and has been proven in sports medicine as a recovery modality from muscle and ligament damage due to the anti-inflammatory and restorative properties of intense cold treatment.
Gain The Competitive Edge
When the body is exposed to Whole Body Cryotherapy, the result is vasoconstriction of the blood vessels followed by vasodilation. This process helps the body rid itself of toxins and speed distribution of pain reducing endorphins. Highly oxygenated blood is presented to the affected areas helping the body repair and strengthen itself as well as increasing stamina during completion.
Cryotherapy sessions before or after completion or workouts help to increase your energy, stamina and metabolic rate. Post-sport sessions will aid in recovery an injury repair.
Spa and Beauty Benefits
Anti-Aging and Skin Rejuvenation
The Nitrogen environment and intense cold of nearly -250*F activates collagen production in the deeper layers of the skin, leaving it smoother, firmer and tighter. After a series of treatments, clients notice more even tone and renewed elasticity and an improved overall ‘younger’ appearance. A reduction in cellulite has also been noted as another benefit.
Increased Caloric Burn Aids in Weight Loss
The exposure to the extreme cold tricks the body into thinking that it is in Hypothermia, causing it to increase heat production to protect the core of the body. This is accomplished by way of muscle contractions, which requires energy and this process causes the body to ‘burn’ between 500-800 calories in addition to skin improvement. The release of endorphins into the body leaves many clients with a feeling of being energized and a positive outlook.
Health and Wellness Benefits
Whole Body Cryotherapy treatment is great for your health and wellness. The outer surface of the skin is lowered to nearly 35*F for 2-3 minutes by way of a Nitrogen mist. During this time, the vessels and capillaries in the skin undergo a period of vasoconstriction followed by vasodilation. This causes toxins in the body to be broken down and carried away and signals the brain to release highly beneficial biochemical into the bloodstream.
Chronic Medical Conditions
European medical studies have shown that Whole Body Cryotherapy can help to alleviate the symptoms of chronic conditions such as Rheumatoid Arthritis, Osteoarthritis, Fibromyalgia, Multiple Sclerosis, Auto-immune disorders, Ankylosing Spondylitis, Ankylosing Spondylosis, Psoriasis, Psoriatic Arthritis, Dermatitis and Osteoporosis. Studies in Europe have also shown that Whole Body Cryotherapy is beneficial in the treatment of mood disorders, affective disorders, anxiety and depression.
The exposure to the extreme cold tricks the body into thinking that it is in Hypothermia, causing it to increase the metabolic rate in order to increase heat production to protect the core of the body. Although the body is not at risk, this process causes the body to ‘burn’ between 500-800 calories. Most clients notice a sound nights sleep and the release of endorphins into the body leaves many clients with an immediate feeling of being energized and a positive outlook.