Cryotherapy is a research-proven cold therapy that activates your body’s natural pain and inflammation fighters. Chilling just 3 minutes in a cold air sauna activates its healing and recovery processes. The end result is relief from pain and inflammation, accelerated muscle recovery, decreased joint pain, boosted energy levels, increased metabolic rate and enhanced complexion.
Relieves Pain & Inflammation
Accelerates Workout Recovery
Increases Caloric Burn
Improves Sleep Quality
Rejuvenates Skin Complexion
BENEFITS OF CRYOTHERAPY
This 40-year, research-proven therapy is used for athletic recovery, pain management, health and wellness, injury rehabilitation and skin beauty. Come try what elite athletes in the NBA, NFL, MLB, U.S. Track and Field and others have been using to elevate their performance!
Reduces inflammation, swelling, pain and muscle soreness
Enriches blood with oxygen, nutrients and enzymes
Accelerates recovery from athletic training and competition
Enables the body to handle more intense and higher volume training
Boosts energy & improves muscle unit activation (allows for immediate post-therapy training)
Rheumatologist-developed to relieve pain from arthritis and inflammatory disorders
Provides relief from musculoskeletal pain and inflammation
Reduces pain sensitivity by increasing nor-epinephrine levels
Improves post-surgery recovery
Accelerates recovery from jet lag, travel discomfort and fatigue
HEALTH & WELLNESS & SKIN CARE
Activates natural elimination of toxins and replenishment of oxygen, nutrients and enzymes
Increases metabolic rate and caloric burn
Provides comfort and relief from some skin conditions
Enhances complexion and skin elasticity through collagen production
Improves sleep quality
HOW CRYOTHERAPY WORKS
STEP ONE: ELIMINATE
Step into our cryosauna, which rapidly chills your skin using cold vapor at temperatures of negative 185˚F for 3 minutes. The cold air causes blood to flush from the skin surface, muscle tissue, and joints to the vital organs. Your body's cardiovascular system naturally eliminates toxins and replenishes the blood with oxygen, nutrients, and enzymes.
STEP TWO: ACTIVATE
Once you step out of the cryosauna, your body immediately begins vaso-dilation, returning the enriched blood to peripheral tissues that have been cleansed of toxins. This physiological response activates your body's natural restorative process and reduces the inflammation causing pain.
STEP THREE: ELEVATE
Over the next 24-48 hours this restorative process elevates your body to a better condition, with reduced pain and inflammation, with replenished blood and increased energy levels.
HISTORY OF CRYOTHERAPY
The term cryotherapy comes from the Greek cryo meaning cold and therapeia meaning cure. The history of cryotherapy can be traced back to ancient Greece when it is reported that Hippocrates prescribed the use of ice and snow to treat inflammation and pain.
Whole Body Cryotherapy (WBC) originated in Japan in 1978 when Dr. Yamaguchi started using freezing treatments of short duration on his patients’ skin surface for pain management of rheumatoid arthritis. Dr. Yamaguchi found the rapid decrease of temperature of the outer layer of skin led to the immediate release of endorphins and therefore less sensitivity to pain.
His research led to the exposure of the entire body to these extreme temperatures with the development of cryotherapy chambers. Further research in Europe and in Soviet Russia revealed the benefit of Whole Body Cryotherapy on patients suffering from chronic inflammatory conditions all the way to elite athlete’s ability to recover from their intense training programs.
Q: How Does cryotherapy work?
Our cryosauna works by using cold dry air to expose your body to temperatures of negative 240˚F for 2 ½ to 3 minutes. Your body responds by constricting peripheral tissues sending blood from the skin surface, muscle tissue, and surrounding joint space to the vitals to protect core temperature (vasoconstriction). As the blood travels to the core it passes through the cardiovascular system where it is cleansed of toxins and supplied with oxygen, nutrients, and enzymes. Once you step out of the cryosauna, your body immediately begins vasodilation, returning the enriched blood to peripheral tissues that have been cleansed of toxins. This physiological response stimulates the healing process.
Q: When was cryotherapy developed and by whom?
Whole Body Cryotherapy (WBC) originated in Japan in 1978 when Dr. Yamaguchi started using freezing treatments of short duration on his patients’ skin surface for rheumatoid arthritis pain management. Further research in Germany and in Soviet Russia revealed the benefit of Whole Body Cryotherapy on patients suffering from chronic inflammatory conditions and on elite athlete’s training programs.
Q: Is cryotherapy research proven and safe?
Whole Body Cryotherapy has been research proven and tested since 1978 in Japan, Germany and Soviet Russia. The liquid nitrogen that is used as a chilling agent does not come into contact with your skin, and it is the same nitrogen that makes up the air we breathe (actually 78% of it). You will breath filtered room-air. For added safety, chambers are equipped with an oxygen monitor. A trained operator is always present during the treatment so to control the temperature levels and monitor your comfort.
Q: How does cryotherapy compare to an ice bath?
It doesn’t. It is not possible to achieve the same temperatures and effect with an ice bath. Furthermore, an ice bath is generally an uncomfortable 20 minute or longer wet process, whereas WBC is only a 2½ to 3 minute completely dry session.
Q: How cold will I feel?
Even if you don't like being cold, you will be amazed at how your body responds to WBC. The treatment is a short duration of 2 ½ -3 minutes, and the cold is completely 'dry', so it is not only tolerable—it is refreshing.
Q: I am claustrophobic. Will I be able to do this?
Yes. The cryosauna door is never locked—you may step out at any time. Additionally, the sauna has an open top and your head is above and outside the sauna at all times.
Q: Do I need to shower before and/or after?
No, you don't. This therapy is totally dry and does not make your skin wet.
Q: Who should not use cryotherapy?
The following conditions are contraindications to whole body cryotherapy:
Pregnancy, severe hypertension, acute or recent myocardial infarction, unstable angina pectoris, arrhythmia, symptomatic cardiovascular disease, cardiac pacemaker, peripheral arterial occlusive disease, venous thrombosis, acute or recent cerebrovascular accident, uncontrolled seizures, Raynaud's Syndrome, fever, tumor disease, symptomatic lung disorders, bleeding disorders, severe anemia, infection, claustrophobia, cold allergy, age less than 18 years (parental consent to treatment needed), acute kidney and urinary tract diseases. You will not be allowed to use WBC with any of the above conditions.
US National Library of Medicine: Empirical Evidence and Theoretical Perspectives
US National Library of Medicine: Whole Body Cryotherapy in Athletes