woman leaving the cryotherapy tank

Cryotherapy


Ancient therapy elevated by modern science

 

Cryotherapy is a clinically researched modality that uses liquid nitrogen to enhance recovery from injury or exercise, sleep quality, mental performance and metabolic health. A few 2-3 minute sessions each week is one of the best investments one can make towards optimizing their health and longevity. And depending on your goal, your provider will put together a personalized program for you.

Cryotherapy


Ancient therapy elevated by modern science

 

Cryotherapy is a clinically researched modality that uses liquid nitrogen to enhance recovery from injury or exercise, sleep quality, mental performance and metabolic health. A few 2-3 minute sessions each week is one of the best investments one can make towards optimizing their health and longevity. And depending on your goal, your provider will put together a personalized program for you.

Key Benefits

Inflammation & Injury

Chronic inflammation can cause pain, injury and discomfort, but numerous studies have shown that cryotherapy can decrease excessive inflammation.

Athletic Recovery

Many athletes utilize cryotherapy to decrease soreness, improve energy and sleep, and enhance performance in competitions or events.

Mental Performance

Cryotherapy has been shown to induce relaxation, mood elevation, memory enhancement; improve energy levels; and decrease tension and fatigue.

Metabolic Health

Not only does it boost your metabolism, cryotherapy has also been shown to lower blood glucose, total cholesterol, LDL, and triglycerides.

Sleep Quality

Cryotherapy improves sleep quality, specifically duration, sleep latency (the time it takes to fall asleep), and the amount of time spent in deep sleep.

Trusted by elite athletes & professional teams

 

In our recovery center, we have the same equipment used by the most elite athletes in the world, including NFL players and U.S. Olympic athletes. Athletes such as Lebron James and Usain Bolt recognize that having access to this innovative technology allows them to compete at the highest levels — and win.

 

Repeated use of whole body cryotherapy increases endorphins and improves energy levels by 25%.

 

Ziemann et al.

 

Backed by advanced clinical evidence

 

Studies show that cryotherapy not only makes a positive impact on metabolic and bone health, but is also a useful tool in improving muscle recovery, sleep, energy levels, and hormone profiles, as well as lessening fatigue, inflammation, and pain. These studies have been published in research publications such as the International Journal of Sports Medicine; Pain and Therapy; Psychology, Health & Medicine; Physical Therapy in Sport; and more.

 

Repeated use of whole body cryotherapy increases endorphins and improves energy levels by 25%.

 

Ziemann et al.

 

A quick, effortless, and painless experience

Private changing rooms,
including robes and slippers

Achieve an hour's worth of benefits in
just two to three minutes

Always accompanied by a professional
throughout the process

testimonial

"I started doing cryotherapy years ago for back pain and after just five sessions, the pain disappeared, and I was hooked! Nowadays, I do it 2-3 days a week to recover from workouts and everyday life. Cryotherapy reduces inflammation, boosts my energy, and helps me sleep better. But what I love most about it is how convenient it is — it only takes three minutes!"

Jen Gallagher, New Canaan Cryotherapy Client - Jen Gallagher, New Canaan Cryotherapy Client
testimonial

"I often prescribe cryotherapy to my clients due to its therapeutic benefits. At times, clients have reservations about the process and extreme cold. However, once they complete their first session, their feedback is universally positive, and their experience only improves as they continue treatment and see amazing results. Plus, it saves them time — it's much more efficient than an ice bath."

Michael Beecher, PT, DPT, OCS, SCS - Michael Beecher, PT, DPT, OCS, SCS

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woman inside a cryotherapy chamber

Whole Body Cryotherapy

This method uses pressurized liquid nitrogen to decrease body temperature, reducing inflammation and alleviating pain. It can also improve your mood, sleep, metabolism and stress load.

man receiving local cryotherapy on his elbow

Local Cryotherapy

Targets specific areas of the body with greater intensity to deliver colder and more consistent temperatures to areas experiencing pain and inflammation.

FAQs

What are the origins of cryotherapy?

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Dr. Toshima Yamauchi originally developed the technique in Japan in 1978 for treating inflammation caused by rheumatoid arthritis. It has been used for years by European health care facilities due to its positive effects on immune, endocrine and musculoskeletal systems. Today, whole body cryotherapy is an internationally recognized restorative treatment for the body and mind.

How does cryotherapy work?

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Cryotherapy is a quick, non-invasive process that exposes your body — or parts of your body — to extreme cold of up to -260°F using liquid nitrogen. Cryotherapy chambers are used for whole body application to reduce overall skin temperature to between 40°F and 50°F while maintaining a healthy core temperature. This sudden drop in temperature signals the brain to go into “fight or flight” mode. This sends blood flow from your extremities back to your vital organs, which may cause a pins-and-needles sensation in your extremities.

What is the difference between icing and cryotherapy?

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Ice packs are a form of local cryotherapy. However, nitrogen-based cryotherapy units allow you to more effectively cover the entire service area around an injury, reaching typically inaccessible areas. For example, for a shoulder injury, local cryotherapy would allow you to treat the entire joint area. Cryotherapy also allows you to better control the temperature during the entire icing period.

How often should I do cryotherapy?

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Everyone's response to cryotherapy is different, so it depends on how your body reacts. This is where our integrated approach makes a difference: our healthcare professionals will help you determine optimal frequency depending on your body’s need. It may take four to six sessions for some people to see signs of change, while others can experience relief after a single session. If your goal is overall health and wellness, you may find that a regular routine works best for you. As with any new regime, consistency is key and you will achieve better results with regular use.

Is cryotherapy safe?

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Yes. Cyrotherapy is an extremely safe modality and has been used for centuries to treat illness and improve health. There are, however, certain medical conditions where cryotherapy is contraindicated. We screen for these conditions, and if there is ever any doubt, we ask that you obtain clearance from your physician.

These conditions include: pregnancy, hypothyroidism, narrowing of valves, crescent-shaped aorta and mitral valve, chronic disease of the respiratory system, severe hypertension (blood pressure >180/100 mm/Hg), acute or recent myocardial infarction (heart attack —need to be cleared for exercise), unstable angina pectoris, arrhythmia, symptomatic cardiovascular disease, cardiac pacemaker, acute or recent cerebrovascular disease (stroke — must be cleared for exercise), peripheral arterial occlusive disease, uncontrolled seizures, fever, symptomatic lung disorders, asthma, venous thrombosis, bleeding disorders, severe anemia, infection, claustrophobia, Raynaud’s Syndrome or intolerance to cold, acute kidney and urinary tract diseases or incontinence.

If you are under the age of 18, we require parental consent.

Should I do cryotherapy before or after a workout?

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That depends on a few things. First, what is the goal of using whole body cryotherapy? Recent studies show that if you are performing a strength training session with the goal of increasing muscle hypertrophy, it is best not to use whole body cryotherapy chamber for at least one hour after completing your workout. In the first hour following an intense strength workout, the body typically produces its own anti-inflammatory response. Using a cryotherapy chamber may interfere with this, though there are exceptions.

For example, endurance athletes or athletes who are training daily with heavy loads or intensities can make the body’s normal anti-inflammatory reaction unable to keep up. In this case, whole body cryotherapy can supplement the body’s natural anti-inflammatory process and help with recovery.

If cryotherapy is being used as a supplemental treatment to a physical therapy or training session to enhance blood flow to the muscle or joint, we recommend a whole body cryotherapy before the exercise session.

One must also remember that people can perspire up to 10–15 minutes after a workout is complete. Any level of perspiration puts you at risk for skin irritation or a cold burn due to cooling of wet skin in the cryotherapy chamber. In those cases, we recommend our clients to shower after a workout or wait until they have stopped perspiring.

Get in Touch

Cryotherapy is available at three convenient locations across Connecticut: Greenwich, Darien, or New Canaan. Each are equipped with state-of-the-art facilities and equipment.

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