What Is Cryotherapy?

Cryotherapy is the therapeutic use of cold, which provides a large range of health benefits. Whole Body Cryotherapy (WBC) is a specific cryotherapy process that utilizes liquid nitrogen to cool your entire body in just three minutes. This type of cold therapy uses a state of the art chamber to administer the liquid nitrogen. It is distributed into the chamber in gas form that surrounds your entire body from the neck down. This method is similar to taking an ice bath, but offers increased benefits in a reduced amount of time. It also delivers the therapy in a more streamlined process compared to using traditional water and ice.

Although, WBC is not yet approved by the FDA there have been studies conducted that exhibit a wide range of potential benefits. These benefits include:

  • Reduced muscle and joint pain
  • Reduced inflammation in the body
  • Promoted weight loss
  • Reduced signs of aging
  • Increased metabolism
  • Enhanced sleep patterns

There are other benefits that can come from a regimented routine using WBC, but the benefits listed above are among the most popular reported benefits. Cryotherapy is not a new form of therapy, but the cryosaunas that have been developed by our partner, Impact Cryotherapy, have been technologically refined over the past decade.

What Does Cryotherapy Feel Like?

Cryotherapy of course feels cold, but a Cryotherapy session provides a variety of other sensations as well. Initially, the nitrogen gas feels as if you are standing in a chamber of dry ice. It feels cold immediately, but only as if you briefly stepped outside in athletic clothing while there was snow on the ground.

The next 30 to 45 seconds feel progressively colder as time goes on throughout your 3 minute session. Once the cryosauna gets to temperature, the outer part of your body feels like someone lightly frosted you. Imagine the light frost layer you see on grass early in the morning during the winter and attribute that to your skin. There is no actual frost on your body, but it feels as if there could be a light layer swept over the outside of your skin.

Throughout the entire therapy session, you will feel cold, but it should never be painful. Some individuals express different external reactions from being cold such as a shivering jaw or wanted to scream explicative words at the top of their lungs. The reaction to being cold will always vary from person to person.

Another interesting aspect of a Cryotherapy treatment is at the end of your first treatment session your legs may get tingly. The sensation you experience when your foot or hand is falling asleep, that “pins and needles,” white static type of feeling may occur in your legs right before your session is complete. The tingling sensation is significantly more therapeutic than the typical “pins and needles” you are probably familiar with.

As soon as the 3 minute session is over, you step out of the chamber and the tingling sensation drips away as your body starts to warm up from your head to your toes. After your Cryotherapy session, your body returns to its natural temperature in approximately 10 to 15 minutes. By the time you get dressed and check out at reception your body will feel warm again.

What To Expect In A Cryotherapy Treatment Session

While you are participating in this treatment method, you are monitored by a technician at all times. These individuals talk to you, check on you and monitor the entire process from beginning to end to ensure you are taken care of. It is recommended that you bring a dry set of clothing, such as a sports bra and athletic shorts if you are a female and boxer shorts or briefs if you are a male. You will be given socks, booties, fleece gloves and a robe to wear before and after you receive your Whole Body Cryotherapy treatment.

You will wear the fleece gloves, socks and booties throughout your treatment session, but not your robe; Cryotherapy works best with direct contact to as much skin as possible. Once you are in the standing chamber, the Cryotherapy technician will close the door of the unit behind you. They will then ask you to hand them your robe through the opening in the top of the chamber. They will return this robe to you before you step out of the chamber at the end of your session.

Overview Of A Cryotherapy Session

Cryotherapy is an exciting process and much like anything else, your body gets more accustomed to it over time. By participating in reoccurring Cryotherapy sessions, you are more likely to reap the reported benefits. Some individuals experience different benefits than others since all of our bodies react differently to various forms of wellness treatments and stimulation.

If you are an individual who suffers from inflammatory diseases, such as eczema, or someone who experiences chronic pain, adding Cryotherapy to your weekly or daily regiment could provide you with an improved quality of life. Whole Body Cryotherapy has the ability to reduce inflammation throughout your entire body as well as ease muscle and joint pain. It also has the ability to aid in reducing recovery time after workouts and injuries.

Overall, Cryotherapy can provide a plethora of health benefits that can impact your daily life in a positive way. If you are interested in learning more about our state of the art facilities and therapy treatments email us at admin@brightviewmedical.com or check out our Services and Technology page.

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