What & Why
What is Cryotherapy?
Cryotherapy, a pain management technique that involves exposing the body to extreme cold, has a history that dates back to the late 1970s. A Japanese rheumatologist first used short-duration freezing sessions on patients’ skin to alleviate pain. Later, physicians in Europe developed whole-body cryotherapy to treat inflammatory injuries and disorders, as stated by manufacturers’ and distributors’ websites.
What to Expect During Cryotherapy
Before your first Cryotherapy session, you will be required to complete a consent and physical readiness form. Our staff will review this form to ensure that you are a suitable candidate for the treatment. Once approved, our technician will explain the procedure and address any questions or concerns you may have.
You will then proceed to one of our changing rooms, where you will be asked to remove all clothing and jewelry from the neck down. Clients presenting with male genitalia are required to wear underwear (briefs, boxers, or jockstraps), and Clients presenting with female genitalia may use the cryo-sauna naked or wear underwear as long as it contains no metal. Gloves, warm socks, slippers, and a robe will be provided by our staff. Once the cryo-sauna is sufficiently cooled, you will be asked to step into the chamber. Our staff will ensure that your head/nose is above the nitrogen gas level by elevating the floor so that your head is above the rim of the cryosauna. You will be asked to remove the robe and hand it to our staff member before the chamber is filled with nitrogen gas.
Nitrogen gas fills the chamber, causing the temperature to drop to an average of negative 200 to 220 degrees Fahrenheit. This rapidly lowers the surface skin temperature. The extremely cold temperature on the thermo receptors of the skin triggers a response in the brain that makes the body believe it is in distress. The brain signals the body to move blood to the core to keep the vital organs and core temperature warm enough to survive. Blood remains close to the body’s core, filtering through the cardiovascular system much faster than normal. Upon exiting the cryosauna, the blood vessels quickly dilate (vasodilation) as the skin’s thermo-receptors detect the return to room temperature. This stimulates natural blood circulation, delivering highly oxygenated blood to the peripheral tissues.
After Your Cryotherapy Session
Immediately following their first session, most individuals experience a rush of endorphins and a glowing sense of well-being. Many experience an immediate increase in range of motion, reduced pain, and a high level of energy throughout the day. It is also common that clients report having a more restful night’s sleep. Increased hunger due to a higher metabolism is also common.