Muscle and joint repair

The Cold That Heals

Quite simply, people feel less pain and soreness in their injured or affected areas after Cryotherapy.

Whole Body Cryotherapy reduces inflammation, promotes rapid healing and minimizes pain. You may add a second procedure with Local Cryotherapy to provide more direct cool to the very specific area which accelerates healing to get you back to full mobility as soon as possible.

When you place force against a muscle, you create tiny little microscopic tears, which then must repair. By utilizing either of the two Cryo modalities, you work out more effectively by healing your muscles at a faster rate.

Less soreness = more productive workouts!

Cryotherapy Treatments to promote Muscle and Joint Health

For joint repair, whether it is the result of an injury, overuse or a form or arthritis, you have two options. First, you may elect Whole Body Cryotherapy, which will reduce inflammation, promote rapid healing and minimize pain. Second, you may add an additional treatment with the hand held wand to provide more direct cool to the very specific area. Cryotherapy is also an excellent choice post-surgery as it accelerates healing to get you back to full mobility as soon as possible.

The key to gaining strength, leanness and appearance is lean muscle tissue. Lean muscle tissue is also the engine of your metabolism and optimizing it is essential to reducing body fat and weight. When you place force against a muscle, you create tiny little microscopic tears, which then must repair. By utilizing Cryotherapy you accelerate this muscle repair process so that you achieve your specific goals that much faster.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How does Cryotherapy work?
Cryotherapy uses the gaseous form of nitrogen to lower the client’s skin surface temperature from normal body temperature to 40-50 degrees Fahrenheit in 30 seconds or less and keeps it that way for two-three minutes. The skin reacts to the cold and sends messages to the brain that acts as a stimulant to the regulatory functions of the body. It produces the scanning of all areas that may not be working to their fullest potential.
Is it comfortable? What do I wear?
Before entering the Cryo Chamber, clients are required to dress in protective clothing composed of cotton socks and gloves. Men are required to wear underwear while in the Cryo Chamber. You will also be provided with a robe, which you will remove once you are inside the Cryo Chamber and the door is closed. Only your hands and face are visible to the operator during the procedure, so modesty is preserved at all times. Additionally, it is a dry, gaseous cold. Which means the treatment is tolerable even to those who may consider themselves cold-intolerant.
Can I catch a cold because of this procedure?
No. The immediate cold impact of the Cryo Chamber will raise the internal body temperature for a short period of time. The stimulation of the immune system can help decrease the severity and frequency of future colds.
I heard working out after treatment is a good idea?
Although your core body temperature will not drop during the 3 minute Cryotherapy treatment, it may start to cool a couple of degrees after exiting the chamber due to your body’s heat loss. To stabilize your body’s temperature as well as promote vasodilatation (expansion of the body’s blood vessels) it is recommended that 10 minutes of light exercise be performed post Cryotherapy. The movement will induce more rapid vasodilatation of the vessels and capillaries and can extend the period of analgesia (pain relief) as well as feelings of well-being.
Who should NOT use Whole Body Cryotherapy?
The following conditions are contraindications to whole body cryotherapy: Pregnancy, severe Hypertension (BP > 180/100), acute or recent myocardial infarction, unstable angina pectoris, arrhythmia, symptomatic cardiovascular disease, cardiac pacemaker, peripheral arterial occlusive disease, venous thrombosis, acute or recent cerebrovascular accident, uncontrolled seizures, Raynaud’s Syndrome, fever, tumor disease, symptomatic lung disorders, bleeding disorders, severe anemia, infection, claustrophobia, cold allergy, age less than 18 years (parental consent to treatment needed), acute kidney and urinary tract diseases.
How many treatments should I take to achieve optimal results?
Depending on the condition of treatment, you should initially take 5 to 10 sessions in close succession to maximize your results.
Who developed the Cryotherapy technology?
Whole body Cryotherapy was originally developed in Japan in 1978, and the benefits have been studied and refined in Europe since that time.
I am claustrophobic. May I use whole body cryotherapy?
Yes, you may. The door is never locked and you may step out at any moment. The chamber is open at the top and your head is raised above the level of the upper rim of the chamber. Additionally, you can see our provider at all times and we try to keep you distracted for your two minute treatment.
Is nitrogen dangerous to human beings?
No! Nitrogen is a non-toxic gas. In fact, the air that we breathe is made up of 78% nitrogen, 21% oxygen, and 1% other gases, including carbon dioxide.
What are the risks of Whole Body Cryotherapy?
Whole Body Cryohtherapy is very well tolerated and has minimal risks: Fluctuations in blood pressure during the procedure by up to 10 points systolically (this effect reverses after the end of the procedure, as peripheral circulation returns to normal), allergic reaction to extreme cold (rare), claustrophobia, anxiety, activation of some viral conditions (cold sores) etc. due to stimulation of the immune system.
How do I feel after I finish a treatment?
During each session the body releases endorphins, which are hormones that make you feel good and energetic. The buoyant effects from each session last at least six – eight hours and increase with number of treatment sessions. Many clients have expressed that they have the best night of sleep after a Cryo session.
Do I have to take a shower before and/or after the procedure?
No, you don’t. This procedure is absolutely dry and does not make your skin wet. We have many clients who pop over during a lunch break or on their way to work!

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