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Cryotherapy treatment is the practice of using cold temperatures to promote natural healing and wellness that dates back to ancient civilizations. Whole body cryotherapy is the modern experience which stimulates the same rejuvenating and refreshing benefits at a whole new level of cold — in just three minutes. Some of the conditions Cryotherapy is used for include:
Chronic Inflammation Treatment
Depression Symptoms Treatment
Some of the many benefits of Cryotherapy include:
Speed up sports and workout recovery
Treat sore muscles
Reduce inflammation naturally
Increase cognitive functioning and focus
Improve your mood and treat depression
Increase metabolism naturally
Improve sleep quality
Reduce cellulite and improve skin appearance
Enhance immune system response
Whole Body Cryotherapy (WBC) involves exposing patients to extremely cold dry air. At The Hormone Center, this treatment is carried out during three minutes of exposure, with three levels of cold; -90 degrees celsius, -110 degrees celsius, and -120 degrees celsius, based on the patient's level of familiarity with cryotherapy, to maximize the effects. We see a variety of patients with ailments such as arthritis, chronic inflammation, fibromyalgia,and fatigue. Athletes of many different backgrounds also utilize cryotherapy to aid in muscle recovery and peak performance preparation. Patients seeking the general wellness effects of WBC immersion also utilize our cryosauna.
The physiologic effects of cold application include immediate vasoconstriction with reflexive vasodilation, decreased local metabolism and enzymatic activity, and decreased oxygen demand. Cold decreases muscle spindle fiber activity and slows nerve conduction velocity, therefore it is often used to decrease spasticity and muscle guarding. It is commonly used to alleviate the pain of minor injuries, as well as decrease muscle soreness. (1)
A New Crysauna Solution
Reaching temperatures as low as -120ºF, whole body cryotherapy is a fast and effective alternative to traditional ice baths. Cryotherapy participants say they experience a multitude of benefits and is the driving force behind a new lifestyle of wellness.
At The Hormone Center we utilize liquid nitrogen to reach these sub zero temperatures. The first WBC chamber was built in Japan in the late 1970s, but WBC was not introduced to Europe until the 1980s, and has since been introduced in the United States and Australia in the past decade. (2)
History of Cryotherapy
Whole body cryotherapy was initially intended to treat patients with conditions such as multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis. WBC is provided in over 50 European hospitals and medical clinics, and has now been implemented in many spas, and athletic training facilities around the world. Elite athletes have recently reported using the treatment to alleviate delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) after exercise. Recently, recreational athletes have started to emulate elite athletes in using these treatments after exercise. Reductions in muscle and skin tissue temperature after WBC exposure may stimulate cutaneous receptors and excite the sympathetic adrenergic fibres, causing constriction of local arterioles and venules. Consequently, WBC may be effective in relieving soreness, or muscle pain, through reduced muscle metabolism, skin microcirculation, receptor sensitivity and nerve conduction velocity. There is also a body of evidence to suggest that WBC stimulates the autonomic nervous system (ANS), with a predominance of parasympathetic tone activation, after exposure. (3)
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- Swenson, C; Sward, L; Karlsson, J (1996). "Cryotherapy in Sports Medicine". Scandinavain Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports
- Costello, Joseph T.; Baker, Philip Ra; Minett, Geoffrey M.; Bieuzen, Francois; Stewart, Ian B.; Bleakley, Chris (18 September 2015). "Whole-body cryotherapy (extreme cold air exposure) for preventing and treating muscle soreness after exercise in adults". The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews.
- Savic, Miroslav; Fonda, Borut; Sarabon, Nejc (1 May 2013). "Actual temperature during and thermal response after whole-body cryotherapy in cryo-cabin". Journal of Thermal Biology.