All About Cryo
Whole Body Cryo (WBC) was developed over 40 years ago by a Japanese doctor as an adjunct therapy for Rheumatoid Arthritis sufferers. After being used in a clinical setting the technology then migrated to Europe where athletes showed a preference for the efficiency of cryotherapy over traditional ice-baths. The technology has been used in the US for the last decade and has become popular in non-clinical settings by sufferers of a variety of disorders, those looking for relief from inflammation and a competitive edge in training. WBC is not just for athletes, as it reduces inflammation throughout the entire body, and can help those with arthritis, joint disorders, improve post-operative recovery, manage pain, improve mood, boost metabolism and improve sleep.
Cryotherapy advocates and users include Hugh Jackman, Floyd Mayweather, Lebron James, Kobe Bryant, Steph Curry and Usain Bolt, the fastest short-distance runner alive. Tony Robbins has a cryotherapy chamber in his home and refers to cryotherapy as essential to his recovery and daily routine.
Benefits of Cryotherapy
Health & Wellness
Whole Body Cryotherapy is a 100% safe and natural process, where individuals experience a decrease in inflammation, increase cell survival, reduced pain and simply feel their overall health improve. The body’s natural response to the cold draws blood to the body’s core, flushing toxins, improving immune functions, and help release endorphins leaving many clients feeling euphoric and energized.
Sports & Fitness
Cryotherapy is used by pro-athletes, weekend warriors and competitors of all levels as an effective technique to alleviate inflammation after strenuous exercise and training. Cryotherapy speeds recovery by inducing the body to release anti-inflammatory proteins and producing highly oxygenated blood that repairs and strengthen muscles as well as reducing post-workout fatigue. Unlike Ice baths, Cryotherapy does not freeze muscles or tissues which allows for treatments pre-workout and then again post-workout.
Regular exercise and healthy eating are major factors in maintaining a healthy weight, but cryotherapy can help if combined with a proper diet and routine exercise. It is common to burn 500-800 calories each session! In response to the cold the body increases its metabolic rate to produce more heat resulting in burning calories both during and post-session. Also, the increased dilation of blood vessels can help decrease blood pressure and cholesterol. A consistent cryotherapy regimen can contribute to weight loss and increase overall health.
Beauty & Anti-Aging
Cryotherapy is a natural non-surgical process. The body’s natural reaction to experiencing extreme cold temperatures repetitively can reduce unwanted cellulite and can rejuvenate the skin at an accelerated rate. Cryotherapy activates collagen production in the deeper layers of the skin leaving it smoother and firmer. Clients notice improved skin tone and renewed elasticity.
The 3 Types Of Cryotherapy
Whole Body Cryotherapy
Whole Body Cryotherapy is a non-invasive, hyper-cooling process that exposes clients to cold, dry air for up to 3 minutes, promoting natural healing at the cellular level. The body's exposure to extreme cold, triggers a systemic anti-inflammatory response. Exposure to temperatures of below -110°C triggers temperature receptors in the skin to send information to the brain to restore balance ;in an attempt to maintain core temperature, it carries out vasoconstriction of blood vessels and blood is retained in the body’s core as a means of protecting vital organs. Blood becomes enriched with oxygen, nutrients, and enzymes, and there is a release of endorphins and anti-inflammatory proteins after the 90 sec —3 minute treatment is complete. This process occurs when the blood vessels vasodilate causing increased blood flow to the skin and extremities. During the process of severe vasoconstriction and severe vasodilation, the body breaks down toxins, that are then carried away by the vessels.
When the immune system is activated in this fashion, the body is affected positively. The results are an energy boost lasting up to eight hours, and skin rejuvenation due to the production of collagen. Elite athletes realise increased performance and endurance due to faster recovery and healing. Inflammatory, medical and skin conditions have reportedly been significantly alleviated or eliminated through this process. Cryotherapy increases your metabolic rate, as the body encounters the cold, by burning calories to create heat. The estimate of caloric burn is between 400 to 800 calories over the next twenty-four hours.
Local Cryotherapy treatments rapidly cool down the skin using a stream of nitrogen vapour which can can be as low as -160° Celsius. The skin over the affected area being cooled drops to 3-7 ° Celsius. This rapid cooling of the skin takes between 3 and 5 minutes depending on the size of the area being treated.
The treatment is used on targeted areas to reduce inflammation, swelling and pain. It also increases the release of pain relieving hormones and activity in the cells being treated, which accelerates healing. As a result, this is a wonderful treatment option for pain and inflammation associated with arthritic joints, sports injuries, lower back pain, knee issues, neck pain and numerous other musculoskeletal conditions.
Unlike Whole Body Cryotherapy, which triggers an internal systemic anti-inflammatory response in the body, local cryotherapy is similar, but far more powerful, to “icing”. Clients frequently combine this treatment with Whole Body Cryotherapy, to treat specific problem areas.
This treatment involves using a controlled stream of pressurised liquid nitrogen vapour applied to the face and neck to help stimulate and improve the overall appearance of the spine. The treatment produces an increased production of collagen, skin firmness and a decrease in fine lines and wrinkles. In addition, Frotox flushes away built up toxins in the skin and soothes inflammation, eliminating inflammation and puffiness. Pore size is reduced, keeping toxins, dirt and grime out. It is also a perfect treatment for chronic skin conditions such as psoriasis, dermatitis, and eczema.