what is whole body cryotherapy?
Cryotherapy is the general use of low temperatures in medical and aesthetic therapy. The term "cryotherapy" comes from the Greek cryo meaning cold, and therapy meaning cure.
Research into extreme cold therapy began in 1978 by Dr. Yamaguchi, a rheumatogist in Japan. He started using freezing treatments of short duration on his rheumatoid arthritis patients' skin surface for pain management purposes. He concluded that rapid short-term freezing of the skin’s surface led to immediate release of endorphins and is more effective than gradual cooling in an ice bath. Further research conducted over the last 20 plus years in Europe has established Whole Body Cryotherapy as a powerful treatment for a range of illness, issues and needs.
Whole Body Cryotherapy is the modern day, cutting edge hypothermic application designed to reduce muscoloskeletal pain and inflammation. The therapy stimulates the body’s natural healing and rejuvenation processes by exposing it for short periods of time to extremely low temperatures. Whole Body Cryotherapy has multiple therapeutic results by inducing responses on Three Levels: the Circulatory System, the Energy Meridians and the Nervous System. There is no other therapy known to elicit such a powerful, positive and holistic response.
What to Expect
Whole Body Cryotherapy treatments are administered individually via a cryosauna. The units are cooled with the assistance of liquid nitrogen to a temperature of -180°F (-117°C) to -240°F (-150°C). During the treatment, client’s extremities are protected with gloves and knee-high socks. Other clothing worn during treatment includes underwear.
Whole Body Cryotherapy Sessions last between one and a half to three minutes ONLY which rapidly lowers the skin's top layer to between ~52°F (11°C) to 32°F (0°C) . Core body temperature remains unchanged. This short exposure to extreme cold causes the brain to stimulate the body's organ regulatory functions resulting in energy increase, cell rejuvenation, immune system boost, and overall system self healing.
The immediate effect of skin cooling and analgesia lasts for a several minutes post treatment but the release of endorphins can have a lasting effect. The signs of inflammation, as found in blood tests, remain suppressed for weeks per various scientific studies.
The Tipping Point
After years of being utilized in Europe, Whole Body Cryotherapy has recently come to the U.S. and has quickly become one of the most sought-after treatments for a variety of individuals seeking help related to sports performance, injury recovery, chronic illness maintenance, wellness and health seekers to anti-aging enthusiasts.