What Is Cryotherapy?


The word cryotherapy is derived from the Greek words “cryo” meaning cold and “therapia” meaning healing. It refers to a procedure that uses extremely low temperatures to provide therapeutic benefits. In the late 1970’s a doctor in Japan began using freezing sessions of short duration on his patients’ skin surface for immediate relief of rheumatoid arthritis. He soon came to the conclusion that this short-term freezing had a more beneficial effect than submerging the body in an ice bath. Further studies and research in Europe over the last 20-30 years have established whole body cryotherapy as a powerful tool for not only athletic recovery, but also a treatment for a variety of conditions and ailments.

Without getting too scientific, it’s really just all about reducing inflammation. Many of the reasons we get sick, injured, or contract disease is due to excessive inflammation within the body. Think about it, if you twist your ankle or hit your head, one of the first things you do is grab a bag of ice to reduce the swelling.

Here’s how it works- Under incredibly chilly conditions with temperatures about 100 degrees colder than an ice bath, your body begins redirecting blood flow to your core where your major organs are located. Then, the blood vessels in your arms and legs constrict, reducing blood flow to those muscles and alleviating inflammation and the pain that goes with it. The highly oxygenated blood is then recirculated throughout the system.

Besides the obvious help in reducing swelling and pain, WBC has been cited to increase metabolism, reduce recovery time, mitigate depression, improve skin, and help with sleep.

WBC is a way to reduce inflammation throughout the entire body in just a quick 3 minute treatment. Yes, just 3 minutes a few times a week and you will feel amazing!

Frequently Asked Questions

What do I wear during the session?

Everyone wears underwear, socks, and gloves. Please bring a pair of dry socks with you. We will provide gloves, but you are welcome to bring your own as well. We will also provide insulated slippers to wear over your socks. You cannot wear anything with metal attached and cannot wear any jewelry.

Is this like an ice bath?

It’s really quite different. The treatment is only 3 minutes long, whereas an ice bath lasts for 10 minutes or more. The benefits of cryotherapy are felt in all areas of the body, while an ice bath just treats the area submerged in ice. After an ice bath, you are left feel very stiff and it is a treatment that should be done at the end of the day. A cryotherapy session can actually be done 30 minutes prior to working out or at anytime of day.

Can I have more than one treatment in a day?

You cannot have more than 2 treatments in one day. We only recommend 2 treatments in one day if you are in heavy training or severe pain.

Do I need to shower before or after?

No, you do not have to do either. But you cannot be sweaty during a treatment.

Is the Nitrogen dangerous?

No. Nitrogen is a non-toxic gas. The earth’s air that we breathe is made up of 16% Oxygen, 1% Hydrogen, 78% Nitrogen and 5% other components. You are elevated during your treatment so that your head and shoulders are above the nitrogen.

Are there contraindications to WBC?

Whole Body Cryotherapy is not recommended (contraindicated) for those persons with the following conditions: Pregnancy, acute myocardial infarction (MI), unstable angina pectoris, arrhythmia, symptomatic cardiovascular disease, cardiac pacemaker, peripheral arterial occlusive disease, venous thrombosis (blood clots), acute cerebrovascular accident, uncontrolled seizures, Raynaud’s Syndrome, symptomatic lung disorders, bleeding disorders, severe anemia, cold allergy, acute kidney diseases and severe Hypertension (BP>180-100). If you are in doubt or concerned about a condition that you may have, we may ask you to obtain a signed letter of consent from your physician.

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