About Cryotherapy

Understand the science behind the treatment

What is Whole Body Cryotherapy?

 

Cryotherapy translated literally means “cold cure” and uses hyper-cool nitrogen gases to stimulate the body’s natural healing mechanisms. Whole-body cryotherapy is as an alternative to cold water immersion or ice packs. You stand in a cryosauna for a short duration (i.e. no more than three minutes). The use of cryotherapy has been around for thousands of years, but the modern day treatment of whole body cryotherapy and the technology of the cryosauna was developed by a group of Polish scientists who took the idea and made it the physical therapy it is today.

 

During a 3-minute session, the chamber is hyper-cooled with liquid nitrogen to temperatures of -240° F. When the body is exposed to this cold of a temperature, it reacts by undergoing vasoconstriction and centralizing blood around key internal organs as a survival mechanism. Blood becomes super-oxygenated and nutrient-rich as it circulates around the core. Once the treatment is over and temperatures rise, normal blood flow resumes immediately and the oxygen-enriched blood rushes back into circulation. This reduces inflammation, boosts energy and increases the body’s natural healing abilities. Cryotherapy triggers the release of endorphins which induce analgesia (immediate pain relief). Cryotherapy can help manage the symptoms of certain conditions such as psychological stress, muscle and joint pain,insomnia, fibromyalgia, rheumatism, itching, and psoriasis.  Certain signs and markers of inflammation found in blood tests remain suppressed for weeks after routine cryotherapy treatments.

 

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The whole-body cryotherapy cryosauna machine.

The History of Cryotherapy

While the technology of whole-body Cryotherapy is new, the use of cryotherapy as a treatment for health purposes is not a new-age health craze. Take a look back  to understand the evolution of cold therapy treatments over the years:

 

3500BC:

Ancient texts discuss cold therapy

400BC:

Cold therapy taught in Hippocrates school

1812:

Napoleon’s troops utilize cold streams for recovery

1895:

First ice bath in US recorded

1938:

The chilled blanket is invented

1978:

Whole-cryotherapy invented by Japenese doctors

2011:

NBA Champions Dallas Mavericks use cryotherapy

2016:

Chill CryoHealth opens its doors in San Antonio, TX

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