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Whole Body Cryotherapy Similar to the concept of a traditional ice bath, the therapy is designed to lower your body surface temperature approximately 35-40 degrees in just three minutes. In response, the metabolic rate increases and stimulates rapid vasoconstriction of the blood vessels. As blood moves away from peripheral tissues towards the core to regulate body temperature, the body’s natural filtration system works to expel toxins and inflammatory properties in the blood and speed the distribution of pain reducing endorphins.
As highly oxygenated blood flows back to the extremities through vasodilation, peripheral tissues and the brain are enriched with oxygen, nutrients and enzymes. The body also releases adrenaline and endorphins and norepinephrine (NE) providing euphoric burst of energy. As the process of restoration occurs over the next 48 hours, range of motion increases, depleted ATP (energy) levels are replaced, and anti-oxidant levels expedite the body’s natural ability to heal. The body and the brain are reset.
The treatment lasts only 2-3 minutes. Hands, feet, and ears are covered, and a medical grade mask is worn to reduce direct inhalation of the cool air. You can select any choice of music inside the chamber or chose to complete the treatment in silent meditation. You may go in alone or with up to two other people.
Localized Cryotherapy is an isolated cold exposure therapy focused on one specific area of pain or inflammation. This can be used as a stand alone therapy much like a concentrated ice pack; however, exponential healing happens when administered immediately after a whole body cryotherapy session. Why? the vasodilation (widening of blood vessels) during the whole body sessions opens the capillaries up to 400% allowing deeper penetration of the isolated cold air treatment to treat inflammation. Localized is also often used to treat migraine headaches.
Inflammation is caused by an overactive immune system. It is the body’s way of eliminating cell injury and initiating tissue repair. When nerves are damaged or not functioning properly, pain messages are passed along the nociceptive fibers to the central nervous system. The extreme cold temperatures cryotherapy numb the nerves to slow the messages passed along the nociceptive pain fibers, reducing stimuli to the central nervous system. The release of endorphins also helps dull pain in the body. By reducing pain and allowing for more aggressive physical and occupational therapies, customers can enjoy faster recovery and accelerated post-surgery recovery to return to normal activities sooner.
Oxidative stress is the main factor affecting performance. Intense muscle activity breaks down muscle fibers and generates oxidants into the intercellular space. This damages membranes, cellular structure and DNA. Pro-inflammatory tissue chemicals form to begin the process of tissue repair; however, these chemicals must be neutralized in order to begin repair. Cryotherapy enhances anti-oxidants to relieve accumulated metabolic inflammation and decrease soreness and swelling. Following metabolic overload, the extreme cold exposure lowers the amount of post-external pro-inflammatory tissue chemicals and induces the body to release anti-inflammatory proteins. Cryotherapy enhances psychological recovery, decreases perception of muscular tiredness and pain, and induces analgesia.
Athletes report improved motor unit activation, a significant decrease in Delayed Muscle Onset Soreness (DOMS), With the reduction in inflammation, clients experience increased endurance and accelerated injury repair and recovery. Many athletes also use cryotherapy for pre-workout stimulation to enhance anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant barriers to prevent chronic injuries due to overload. Weaving cryotherapy into a strength and edurance routine provides athletes the ability to obtain peak performance with less mandatory rest time and enjoy greater frequency and intensity to maintain stamina during competition.
One anti-inflammatory response associated with whole body cryotherapy is the increased production of norepinephrine (NE). Evidence shows norepinephrine deficiencies are linked to variety of attention, mood and sleep disorders. Using routine whole-body cryotherapy has shown to regain norepinephrine balance which increases mental clarity and focus. Clients report longer and more restful sleep and the ability to manage a variety of mood disorders including anxiety, depression and PTSD. Norepinephrine also acts as a neurotransmitter to inhibit inflammatory pathways addressing inflammatory diseases and aging. Preliminary studies also show routing use of whole-body cryotherapy improves memory in older patients with cognitive impairment.
Chronic Pain and Disease
While whole body cryotherapy is primarily associated with pain associated with acute injury and muscle injuries, medical studies report routine use of whole-body cryotherapy reduces inflammation to alleviate chronic conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, and ankylosing spondylosis. Inflammation is also believed to be at the center of many diseases associated with aging and disability, including heart disease, diabetes stroke, cancer and Alzheimer’s. Use of whole-body cryotherapy on a regular basis has not been clinically proven a as a cure for any diseases; however, studies are underway regarding the effectiveness of routine cold exposure as a preventative course.
In response to the rapid cold exposure of whole-body cryotherapy, the body increases its metabolic rate in order to produce more heat and protect the core. On average, clients burn between 500-800 calories per treatment session. Add an infrared sauna session, vibration therapy or cardiovascular exercise immediately after a whole body cryotherapy session for additional calorie burn. The metabolic boost also increases endorphins resulting in improved sleep and overall mood enhancement. With any method targeting weight loss, a healthy diet and regular exercise will create and maintain optimal results.
Whole body cryotherapy is used to detox and rejuvenate the skin by stimulating collagen - the most important component to healthy and youthful skin. While your skin is made up of many layers, the dermal (middle) layer contains an intricate collagen matrix. As your ages, the production of collagen slows down and the matrix becomes less firm and resilient. The result is a loss of elasticity and thin skin which is vulnerable to environmental damage. Fatty deposits also build up over time resulting in unsightly cellulite. Whole body cryotherapy increases blood flow and stimulates collagen production in the deeper layers of the skin. Oxygenation of the dermal cells reduces pore size and leaves skin tighter and smoother with increased elasticity. After a series of treatments, clients report improved skin tone, a brighter complexion and a noticeable reduction in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Skin elasticity is increased and visible cellulite is reduced. Cooling the skin also improves anti-oxidant levels which has been claimed to reduce acne and dry skin conditions such as psoriasis, eczema and rosacea.
*Cryotherapy can be used as a stand-alone treatment or in conjunction with other holistic therapies, physical therapy, chiropractic care, or massage. Combining treatment modalities enhances effectiveness and maximizes client benefits.