Updated: Feb 15
What Is Cryotherapy? We're going to delve into that question with Whole Life Cryo .
in Tampa, Florida.
Studies suggest that whole body cryotherapy may provide the following benefits:
Improved Well Being
Cryotherapy is a very concentrated localized cold treatment that is as effective and more comfortable than the traditional ice bath.
The cool effects reduce skin temperature causing a reaction that eventually drops core temperature and releases endorphins into the body, which can block pain kind of like anesthesia. Endorphins help decrease feelings of depression and mood swings.
One of the largest benefits of Cryotherapy is that it can reduce inflammation across the body. Cryotherapy, in its natural cooling, can trigger a response which lowers inflammation and reduces irritation. Clients can experience relief from inflammation caused by Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, Osteoporosis, Phantom Pain Ankylosing Spondylitis (Inflammation of the Spine) Central Nervous System Disease Degenerative Disease of Joints & Spine Inflammation of Tendons, Bursa, Joint Capsules.
Many athletes use cryotherapy to boost their performance. Cryotherapy can be used to recover from injury or fatigue. Through vasodilation, blood flow is increased without damaging muscles. Cryotherapy reduces delayed onset muscle soreness, allows for immediate post-therapy sports activity, and allows for a more intense and higher volume training.
IMPROVES GENERAL WELL BEING
Cryotherapy is a holistic treatment that improves the body and the mind. Because everything in the human body is linked to each other, a chain reaction of positive effects throughout our internal framework can occur.
Just like an antidepressant, cryotherapy can naturally boost happiness levels by releasing endorphins. This can cause the body to perceive less pain and cortisol levels become lower.
INCREASES THE IMMUNE SYSTEM
Cryotherapy increases blood circulation, boosts the effectiveness of cellular functions, removes toxins more efficiently, and increases white blood cell count.
Body converts food into energy, burning more calories. Just one session can burn between 500-800 calories. After each session the body utilizes energy to raise core temperature causing it to expend calories.
Cryotherapy comes from the Greek term “Cryo” meaning cold and “Therapeia” meaning cure. Whole Body Cryotherapy originated in Japan in 1978 with Dr. Yamaguchi. Freezing treatments were used for pain management and Rheumatoid Arthritis. It was found that the rapid decrease of temperature of the outer layer of the skin lead to the immediate release of endorphins, therefore less sensitivity to pain.
Overview Whole Body Cryotherapy consists of 2-3 minute sessions with below zero temperatures ranging from -100 degrees Fahrenheit to -220 degrees Fahrenheit, reducing your body’s temperature 30-50 degrees Fahrenheit. There are many benefits to Cryotherapy and the use of Cryotherapy machines, which are also known as Cryosaunas. Research and clinical studies show that Cryotherapy can be used to treat and relieve muscle pain and soreness. This makes it an effective alternative to the low-tech applications, such as ice packs and ice bath immersion. Cryotherapy can relieve muscle pain, sprains, swelling, and joint stiffness. Many clients also report improvements in sleep quality and restfulness. Whole Body Cryotherapy sessions work by subjecting client’s skin to controlled levels of gas in the form of nitrogen, or “Cold Air”. The session is conducted in a device called a cryochamber. Before treatment, the cryochamber is pre-cooled and the client is given informed consent. The client then enters the chamber wearing socks, slippers, gloves, and their choice of clothing (most choose undergarments for better results). The more skin exposure, the better.
"Our XR Recovery chamber has different size pads that are placed within the chamber according to a persons height. This allows the clients head to be outside of the chamber. During the session bursts of nitrogen are released into the chamber, directed away from the client’s skin. The short bursts are to maintain the controlled therapeutic temperature within the chamber. Immediately after the session, many clients experience marked improvements in pain and joint discomfort, and notice measurable reductions in joint edema (increased intra-articular fluid). Most also experience increase energy levels with the endorphin release, typically experienced after intense exercise."
Says Pia Vasconi - co owner of Whole Life Cryo
The initial cold response elicits a strong sympathetic nervous system reaction. This causes a dramatic parasympathetic rebound. The circulatory system undergoes dramatic peripheral vasoconstriction followed by strong rebound vasodilation. This improves peripheral vascular tone while reducing histamine (inflammation makers) release due to vascular permeability.
The neuromuscular system responds with a decrease in troponin I, creatine kinase and edema. Positive immune responses include increased white blood cell counts, increased anti-inflammatory cytokines, and reduced pro-inflammatory prostaglandin PGE2. Two to three minute minutes of skin exposure to Whole Body Cryotherapy temperatures (-175F to -220F) stimulates the body to initiate the “fight-or-flight Response.” The body will reactively produce endorphins and redirect oxygenated, nutrient-rich blood to the vital organs to defend against what the body perceives as a threat. Once out of the cryochamber, this oxygenated blood and endorphins are released back to the peripheral tissues, decreasing histamine makers, helping mend damages muscles, joints, tendons, and ligaments.
No, the liquid nitrogen that is used as a chilling agent does not come into contact with your skin, and it is the same nitrogen that makes up the air we breathe (actually 78% of it). In the chamber, a person breathes room-air. For added safety, chambers are equipped with an oxygen monitor. A trained operator is always present during the treatment to control the temperature levels and monitor your comfort. Nitrogen is a friendly, non-toxic gas. Nitrogen composes 78% of the air that we breathe. The other components are 16% Oxygen, 1% Hydrogen and 5% other gases. Nitrogen is as common and safe as Oxygen.
Whole Life Cryo offers several other services including Oxygen therapy. The human body has around 1000 billion cells. Out of these 600,000 million of them will die every day, and they are replaced with new ones. This means that each second we live, our body creates around 10 million new cells. One epithelial cell from our skin lives around two weeks, three months in the case of our bones. All of these cells need oxygen to carry out their function correctly, even those cells deep within our bones. Since metabolism is the process by which energy is used when we breathe, our respiratory system gives off carbon dioxide in exchange for oxygen, all in a coordinated effort to facilitate the continuous metabolism of every cell in our bodies. From converting calories in food into usable energy to synthesizing proteins, our cells are always busy. The more energy our cells can use, the more efficient they are in carrying out the vital biochemical tasks. The metabolic boost resulting from increased oxygen can aid healthy weight loss. This is why ample oxygen is needed for proper muscle function and recovery. “We strive to bring an alternative to pain management, muscle recovery, and an overall improvement to your quality of life through a holistic approach.” Pia Vasconi - Whole Life Cryo Whole Life Cryo has e-gift cards available for purchase. At this writing they are offering a limited time offer of 20% off and you can use your gift card towards any service they provide!
Whole Life Cryo
3802 Ehrlich Rd. #304
Tampa, Florida 33624
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