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.
Local cryotherapy acts as a higher intensity, more efficient form of “icing.” The treatment delivers colder, more consistent temperatures, targeting areas experiencing pain and inflammation.
WHOLE BODY CRYOTHERAPY
Cryotherapy chambers are used to reduce your overall skin temperature of your whole body 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.
When you exit the chamber again and begin warming up, your blood is pumping vigorously through the body, creating a flushing effect. This overall enhanced circulation accelerates the body’s natural healing process by increasing the oxygen and nutrient supply to the bloodstream. This in turn reduces inflammation, relieves pain and alleviates sore muscles.
The process can also trigger the autonomic nervous system to release stress hormones and endorphins. These hormones can influence your body to improve mood, arousal, improve sleep, balance stress loads on the body, and improve metabolism.
A study found that whole-body cryotherapy is a preventative measure for reducing inflammation and soreness in athletes, and can improve recovery as well.
Local cryotherapy acts as a higher intensity, more efficient form of “icing.” The treatment delivers colder, more consistent temperatures, effectively targeting areas experiencing pain and inflammation. This application is prominently used in cases such as golfer’s or tennis elbow, post-operative knee cases, low back pain and ankle sprains.
Cryofacials apply pressurized liquid nitrogen vapors to the face, neck and scalp to help stimulate and improve the overall appearance of the skin. Regular treatments help stimulate the production of collagen, shrink pores and diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, leaving a youthful, healthy glow. In addition, cryofacials can be used to treat inflammatory skin conditions, including acne, psoriasis, eczema and rosacea.
OPTIMAL HEALTH UNCOVERED
Recovery Services Specialist Zack Buechner joins our hosts Todd and Mike to discuss how cryotherapy can help your day-to-day life. They also review research on how it can improve respiratory function, prevent disease and boost the immune system.