What is Cryotherapy?
Cryotherapy, or “cold therapy,” was developed in Japan in 1978 and migrated to Europe in the early 1980’s. It utilizes extreme cold to activate the central nervous system, which can help optimize the body's natural healing ability. The brief application of an extreme drop in temperature causes a narrowing of the blood vessels and a subsequent decrease in circulation. When the cold stimulus is removed, a dilation of the blood vessels occurs and may last for 2-3 hours.
During this re-warming phase, a dramatic increase in blood flow to the muscles causes a significant increase in the delivery of oxygen and nutrient rich blood to all areas of the body. Metabolic waste removal can also become enhanced. The result of this massive shunting of blood, oxygen, and nutrients throughout the body is a significant alteration in the hormones and cellular proteins that fight inflammation. This has the potential to result in a decrease in chronic and acute inflammation, increased cell regeneration, improved athletic performance, and elevated energy levels.
Clients enter the cryo chamber wearing socks, insulated footwear, gloves, and ear protection for a maximum of 4 minutes. Our nitrogen-free cryo reaches average temperatures of about -115 to -135°F by an electrically cooled system. The experience is truly unique and exhilarating.
An invigorating rush of cold air engulfs you, which often makes you feel more excited than uncomfortable. The air inside the chamber is dry, so it doesn't seem as uncomfortable as submersion in an ice bath may feel. The intensity of the cold sensation increases during the last 30 seconds, then as you open the door following your session, a surge of warmth will dominate the next 10 minutes and can last up to 2-3 hours.
*Must be at least 13 years old to enter the cryo chamber.
Local cryotherapy targets specific areas of inflammation by applying -30°F air to a concentrated area of the body. Treatments range about 2-3 minutes, depending on the area, and can be effective at decreasing joint pain and swelling, improving range of motion, alleviating inflammatory skin conditions, treating acute athletic injuries, and generalized pain relief.
For those who are unable to enter the cryo chamber, local treatments may provide a safe alternative to whole body cryotherapy.