Whole Body Cryotherapy
What is Whole Body Cryotherapy?
Cryotherapy originated in Japan in 1978 as a treatment option for those with serious cases of rheumatoid arthritis, inflammation and muscle pain/fatigue. Due to its high level of success, it quickly spread to Europe (where it is covered by medical insurance) becoming a staple for trainers, athletes, and physical therapists. Today, it has spread throughout the United States, and is becoming a popular, natural treatment for a variety of problems.
Whole body cryotherapy is the practice of using cold temperatures to promote natural healing and wellness. The modern cryotherapy experience is better than ever! By using extremely dry air, the cold temperatures are tolerated extremely well and the user experiences all of the rejuvenating and refreshing benefits – in just three minutes. Reaching temperatures as low as around -300 degrees F, cryotherapy is a fast and effective alternative to traditional ice baths. Cryotherapy users say they experience a multitude of benefits offering a new option to promote mental and physical wellness.
Step into our hyper-cooled cryochamber and experience what Tony Robbins says makes him “feel like a kid again.”
Benefits In Just 3 Minutes…
Removal of toxins and inflammatory agents
Stimulates the bodies natural filtration
Oxygenated blood promotes healthy skin and muscles
Increases range of motion
Reduces pain & inflammation
Increased energy levels
Shortens injury recovery times
Who Can Benefit?
1. Chronic Pain
Whole Body Cryotherapy as a pain management technique has shown promising results in relieving chronic pain not only for arthritis, fibromyalgia and other rheumatoid diseases, but also due to migraines, muscle soreness, multiple sclerosis, and other chronic pain syndromes. After a series of 5-10 sessions, patients are shown to have decreased pain intensity and frequency with daily activities, improved blood circulation and increased energy levels.
2. Health & Wellness
Cryotherapy also stimulates the vagus nerve, reducing anxiety and fatigue. According to research the vagus nerve is literally the captain of your inner nerve center — the parasympathetic nervous system, to be specific. And like a good captain, it does a great job of overseeing a vast range of crucial functions, communicating nerve impulses to every organ in your body. New research has revealed that it may also be the missing link to treating chronic inflammation, and the beginning of an exciting new field of treatment that leaves medications behind. Stimulation of the vagus nerve also helps reduce anxiety and fatigue.
The term cryotherapy comes from the Greek words cryo, meaning “cold” and therapy, meaning “cure.” Ice packs and ice baths have long been used to reduce swelling and inflammation. Whole Body Cryotherapy (WBC) is a much faster and more effective way to cool damaged tissue and effectively treat a number of conditions. Recovery from an injury or surgery can be much faster when WBC is utilized in combination with your therapy program. Or for those with an inflammatory overuse injury, such as tendinitis or bursitis, Cryo can interrupt the pain cycle and allow your body to heal.
Professional athletes have been using Whole Body Cryotherapy (WBC) for years! They understand that faster recovery permits a consistent and frequent training schedule which is central to quicker skill development and performance, and that WBC is THE tool to accelerate recovery.
Athletes seeking maximum performance and competitive fitness advantages should utilize WBC in their training and recovery regimen to help attain their goals. Whether you desire better muscle healing, decreased fatigue, or accelerated recovery time, connect with our trained team members at Restore to try it for yourself.
5. Beauty & Anti-Aging
While the results of cryotherapy can be impressive inside the body, they can be equally as stunning on the surface as WBC tricks body sensors to implement the same response it would if you were freezing, thereby jump-starting the body's natural healing, detoxification and rejuvenation processes. Due to the improvement of circulation as your body works harder to reheat and transport blood, and the rush of oxygenated, nutrient-rich blood back to the surface of the skin following a treatment, many have experienced the following dramatic results.
Reported benefits include the following:
Increased collagen production
Reduced signs of aging
Increased metabolism and weight management benefits
Reduced appearance of cellulite
More youthful complexion
What to Expect
Dr. Giovanni Lombardi
Director of the Laboratory of Experimental Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
"The majority of evidence supports effectiveness of WBC in relieving symptomatology of the whole set of inflammatory conditions that could affect an athlete. Furthermore, with evidence that WBC somehow mimics exercise, at least in its ability to induce a pulsatile expression of myokines (IL-6, irisin), open another window of possible therapeutic strategies for obesity and type 2 diabetes."
Dr. Rhonda Patrick
Doctor of Biomedical Science
"Cold shock is a type of stress that, in the right doses, is enough to shock the body and kick off adaptive processes and response mechanisms that are hardwired into our genes, and, once on, are able to create a resilience that actually exceeds what was needed to counter the initial stimuli. Cold exposure increases norepinephrine up to 5-fold in the brain and has an effect on mood, vigilance, focus, and attention. Furthermore, cold exposure increases cold shock proteins including one in the brain that repairs damaged synapses and prevents muscle atrophy. Also, cold-induced norepinephrine lowers inflammation and pain by decreasing the levels of 3 inflammatory mediators.
Chronic cold shock may increase immune cell numbers and particularly a type of immune cell that kills cancer cells. Cold exposure increases metabolic rate, the number of mitochondria, and the burning of fat."
Commonly Asked Questions
Is Cryotherapy the same as an ice bath?
Whole Body Cryotherapy is an advanced form of ice therapy but not the same as an ice bath. Ice baths can last up to 20 minutes and are painful and damaging to the skin. In the Cryosauna, the skin is never penetrated, yet the body responds on a deeper level, and improves the skin's overall condition.
Cryotherapy will induce a short duration temperature stress to the body.The hormones released during stress — cortisol, adrenaline, and dopamine — increase our ability to withstand pain, fatigue, and hunger. They also decrease inflammation and related symptoms
What should I expect after my session?
Immediately after your 2.5 - 3 minute session, you should experience noticeable improvements in pain and joint discomfort and notice measurable reductions in joint swelling. Most patients also experience endorphin releases that are normally experienced only after intense exercise.
How long will I feel the effects of Cryotherapy?
For first time patients, the effects will last anywhere from six to eight hours, where the muscle spasticity is being reduced, when you feel endorphins and adrenaline release. After 10-20 treatments, the effects will start to last around two to three months.
How often can I do Cryotherapy?
The impact of Cryotherapy is cumulative, so it is important to do multiple sessions in a relatively short period of time before assessing how your body responds. The number of sessions and frequency depends on your goals.
For general well-being and health benefits: 5-10 initial sessions, then 1-2 sessions per week as maintenance.
For athletes: 10-15 sessions initially, then after each intense training session. Professional athletes also use Cryo before competitions due to the natural hormonal benefits and improved muscle performance that has been proven by research.
For patients suffering from auto-immune diseases, arthritis and other conditions, it is suggested that you work closely with your doctor to establish an optimal program.
In severe cases where a disease involves highly active processes, treatments can be done 2-3 times a day for 2-3 weeks before reducing the frequency.
Can I use cryotherapy if I am claustrophobic?
Yes, you can. The door to the Cryo cabin is never locked, and you can exit at any time. It is open at the top and your head is raised above the rim, allowing you to see in all directions and breathe natural air in the room.
Can I get in Cryo with my jewelry on?
You do not want to get in Cryo with any metal that is touching your skin. The freezing temperatures will cause the metal to freeze and are likely to burn your skin.
Metal implants are fine as the cold temperatures are unlikely to reach far enough beneath the surface of your skin.
Skin burns or irritation can also happen if lotions have recently been applied, or if there is any moisture on the skin, such as perspiration.
Your Cryotherapist will provide you with a towel to dry off with.
Will Cryotherapy strengthen my immune system?
When you subject your body to freezing cold temperatures, after about 30 seconds, your skin feels cold enough to send warning signals to your brain.
The brain reacts by sending about 80% of your blood to your organs, in order to protect them. It’s important to note that even though your skin feels cold – triggering this message to the brain – in reality, the cold has only gone about 1/5 of an inch deep.
Once your session has ended and you begin to warm up, the rush of new, circulating blood helps rid your body of toxins.
With less toxins in it, your immune system is stronger. The immune system then increases the white blood cell count causing reduced inflammation and a positive, powerful immune system response.
How will Cryotherapy improve my skin?
Regular Whole Body Cryotherapy users with acne problems notice fewer skin blemishes over time. Those who have acne scars might also be pleasantly surprised by a reduction of their appearance.
Treatments speed up the natural biological cell regeneration process, efficiently eliminating dead cells in favor of new ones. This triggers an increased production of collagen, resulting in smoother, tighter, more even skin tone. This, in turn, reduces visible signs of aging, and help improve and reduce the appearance of fine wrinkles as a result of regenerated cells and enhanced collagen production.
As your immune system and general wellness naturally improve thanks to regular Cryo treatments, so will your hair and nails that will eventually get fuller and stronger.
Will Cryotherapy help me lose weight?
Regular Cryo treatments have shown promising results in stimulating weight loss by boosting metabolism. During a 3-minute treatment, you burn approximately 500 to 800 calories.
It requires a lot of energy to reheat your body back to normal temperature. This, consequently, helps reduce fat deposits. Improvements in skin elasticity and a decreased appearance of cellulite will then follow.
How does Cryotherapy reduce inflammation?
One of the most popular Cryotherapy benefits that has been observed across numerous types of health issues, is the reduction in recurrence of internal and external inflammations.
Cryo helps to soothe skin redness for those with acne problems, and repress inflammatory symptoms of inflammatory diseases, including eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis and even psoriatic arthritis.
Weekly Cryo treatment sessions will help halt the autoimmune process of excessive cell growth in the skin, common in diseases such as eczema, with no side effects.
Can I do Cryotherapy if I have high blood pressure?
Blood pressure is calculated by the amount of blood pumped by the heart and the amount of resistance to blood flow in the arteries. The more blood that the heart pumps and the narrower the arteries, the higher the blood pressure.
Before every Cryotherapy session, your Cryotherapist will take your blood pressure. Your therapist will not permit you to do Cryo if your blood pressure is above 180/100 as a Cryo session is likely to raise blood pressure and put extra stress on your heart.
Fluctuations in blood pressure during the procedure by up to 10 points systolically are likely to occur but are not considered dangerous. This effect reverses after the end of the procedure, as peripheral circulation returns to normal.
Inflammation has been implicated in high blood pressure because it constricts blood vessels and contributes to the formation of cholesterol plaques. The vasoconstriction/vasodilation sequence initiated by Whole Body Cryotherapy can expand constricted arteries, therefore lowering cardiac workload and high blood pressure over time.
Will Cryotherapy help with chronic conditions?
Whole Body Cryotherapy can help alleviate the symptoms of chronic conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, autoimmune disorders, ankylosing spondylitis, ankylosing spondylosis, psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis, dermatitis and osteoporosis.
Studies have also shown that whole body cryotherapy is beneficial in the treatment of mood disorders, anxiety, and depression. This is because the procedure releases endorphins into the bloodstream, and one feels their mood increasing after a cryotherapy session. The endorphins interact with pain receptors, reducing pain perception. Cortisol levels are reduced, leaving you in high spirits.