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Bringing Physical Therapy, Cryotherapy, & Infrared Sauna Together

A Cryotherapy Session Prior to a Physical Therapy Session Helps

Going into an Infrared Sauna after Therapy, relaxing and wonderful

What if there was a way to make rehabilitation more effective, would you do it? 

What if being inside a cold chamber for 2 to 3 minutes shortened recovery time and reduced pain, would it be worth it to you?

What if spending 20 minutes inside an Infrared Sauna after a therapy session relaxed you and reduced the soreness, would you take the time? 

I believe for most of us the answer would be a resounding yes, of course. 

Benefits Associated With Cryotherapy Prior to and Infrared Sauna After Physical Therapy

  1. Cryotherapy will reduce the pain normally associated with therapy and also increase range of motion for a more productive session. Cryotherapys main purpose is to reduce inflammation in the body and by doing this will allow the body to heal faster and more efficiently and therefore shorten recovery time.
  2. Infrared Sauna after physical therapy allows the body to relax and will increase blood flow and this will make for a better more effective recovery.

While choosing either cryotherapy or infrared sauna during a physical therapy session will greatly enhance the experience, doing both will give you the greatest amount of pain relief while at the same time allowing your body to heal.

While Ridgeland Physical Therapy does except all major insurances as well as medicare Cryotherapy and Infrared Sauna is not covered by them. We will do all we can to make the investment in yourself and your recovery worth every minute and every dollar you spend with us. All this in one located in Sheridan Park in Bluffton.

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Far Infrared Sauna, The Why and How To

Using An Infrared Sauna South Carolina

 Infrared Sauna South CarolinaWhat if Infrared Light?  The infrared light of the suns rays are invisible to humans but can be felt. Think of standing outdoors on a cold day while the sun is beaming down upon you. Even though it is cold you feel warm inside. It is seen as hot and cold when viewed through a special camera as seen in image.

How Safe is Infrared Light? Very safe, it is the opposite side of the spectrum from the ultra-violet part of the sun that causes sunburns and worse. Hospitals use Infrared Light to keep newborns warm.

Is Infrared Sauna different than a traditional sauna? Yes, the main difference is that in traditional saunas the air is heated first and then you, so the air can get up to 200º  which may be too uncomfortable.Infrared Sauna heats you and so is more comfortable to breath and be in where the air generally stay between 120º to 140º .

How often can I do it? Every day if you wanted, there really is no overdosing. That being said we do recommend 30 minute sessions as often as you wish to come in. To make it that much more effective we also recommend going into the sauna about 10 to 15 minutes after having a Cryotherapy session.

Who can benefit from the Infrared Sauna? Any one from the soccer mom to the soccer player. If you use a heat pack or enjoy a hot shower than you are going to love taking advantage of the Infrared Sauna Carolina Chillin. If you have a medical condition or just want to seek medical advice I encourage you to talk with your Dr. about the benefits of Infrared Sauna .

Health Benefits From Infrared Sauna 


The liver and kidneys are the two biggest detoxifiers in the human body and many times becomes overworked and overwhelmed. Normal sweating and traditional saunas only remove up to 3% but with regular use of Infrared Sauna you can get up to 20% toxin removal during the sessions. This would greatly improve overall health and reduce stress on the liver and kidneys.

Pain Relief:

Relieve aches and pains throughout the body better and more efficiently than in a traditional sauna.

Weight Loss:

While in the Infrared Sauna your metabolism, heart rate, and perspiration rate all increase which translates into a calorie burn of between 200-600 calories per session. Couple that with the toxin removal and that will help  you on your journey to reaching your weight loss goals.

Lowers Blood Pressure:

Clinical studies have shown that Infrared Sauna can reduce blood pressure with 30 minute sessions, 3 times a week. It has shown to help improve impaired blood vessel function in patients with high blood pressure, diabetes, and high cholesterol. 

Improve Circulation:

Heating the muscles in the body increases the blood flow and therefore will help increase circulation to areas that may have poor or no circulation. This translates into a decrease in pain and an increase in the body’s healing process.

Skin Purification:

The skin appearance is improved along with healing of wounds and scars. Acne, eczema, psoriasis and other skin problems can be helped through regular use of the sauna. Improved skin tone, elasticity, and firmness can be had with utilizing the healing benefits of Infrared Sauna.


Many Dr.s and clinics across America and around the world recommend and use the Infrared Sauna on a regular basis. The more you take advantage of the sauna the more you will reap the benefits. Carolina Chillinis now offering Sunlighten Signature series sauna sessions.

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Karlene’s Journey to find Cryotherapy

Karlene’s Journey Find Cryotherapy South Carolina

Hello everyone my name is Karlene M. Krista I’m talking to you about cryotherapy. I will give you a somewhat brief background of my physical and medical disabilities. About three years ago , I was diagnosed with a disease which causes your nerve endings to flare, ping sting, and burn with constant numbness and pain.

It is caused by compression of the nerves in my spinal cord along the right side of my body. I have been to the Mayo clinic, Cleveland clinic and there is no cure . Any operation would caused me to be a paraplegic or paralyzed from the neck down. The only thing out there for me is scheduled drugs that work on nerve endings to numb and quiet nerve endings. They do not take away the burning nor do they take away the tingling. The medicine helped considerably but they do not take away the pain that accompanies all of that. In two years time the doses of medicine morphed out of control …….so I thought.  I am allergic to all  scheduled II & III ,IV Narcotic drugs with the exception of pure morphine. There is so more to this story that I cannot interject because it is so involved.

I needed injections in my spine every 3 to 4 weeks and the drugs that I was on caused me to be a crazy person in a body that I did not recognize.  The weight gain was tremendous. I believed my mind to be almost gone. I couldn’t focus,I couldn’t sleep, I couldn’t remember from one sentence to the next, and that was OK with my both of my doctors …..I even went so far to schedule an MRI of my brain to see if I had dementia or Alzheimer’s.

During the Christmas holidays of 2016, I made the  decision to come to Hilton Head for 4 months. Alone.  My reason for doing this, was to go off all my drugs cold turkey.  I did. I was deathly sick for weeks (my niece is an ER nurse and advised otherwise but she kept in touched and helped me mentally.) I did not leave my home for three weeks, not once except to walk the beach.

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Fortunately for me the ocean was 50 yards from where I was staying and the comfort I received from smelling, seeing, and feeling the ocean gave me added strength.

Dealing With Pain Will Sometimes Take
More Than Having A Beautiful View

The fourth and fifth weeks I was  different l realized my brain worked and I could focus and the pain was bearable with lots of Aleve. 

One afternoon I was with a friend in her shop and a customer came in and she had mentioned that she had just come from a cryotherapy session and that it was her fourth session. She said she felt like a new person. When she was finished talking I ask her some questions,  she gave me Albert’s name and phone number and told me to call him and he would explain  how cryotherapy work .  I spoke to Albert that night for a short time, and got an appointment the next day.   

I told my entire story to Albert and had a few breakdowns in our conversation but I knew that he could tell that I was in a great amount of pain and he believed that the cryotherapy would help me. My first session I felt no change, nothing. I believed in Alberts knowledge and he convinced me that if I stuck with it, it would help me. I signed up for 10 sessions and I must tell you in all honesty by the seventh session I still was not convinced this was for me. 

I took a long walk on the beach and thought about what I was doing in each session and why I wasn’t getting the full benefits,,,,, and I got it, I figured it out. When I was in the chamber  I was tense, never once did I just relax and take my head somewhere else and just enjoy what it was doing for me and how it was supposed to heal me.

I went into my eighth session relaxed and my head somewhere beautiful and it worked.  I could feel a difference, a huge difference, Little by little the pain was subsiding, still there but it wasn’t anything like it used to be . I signed up for 10 more sessions and after those 10 sessions I no longer was in pain. I had discomfort but NO pain.  With everyone of those sessions I became stronger mentally and physically .I became ME.

Cryotherapy Did Not Help My Life
Cryotherapy Gave Me My Life Back 

When I left the island to go home I  had 27 sessions of cryotherapy I had no numbness a little tingling and still a small amount of discomfort but nothing like it used to be.

There needs to be a way to bring this healing modality to the forefront.

I am home now, on May 1 I started cryotherapy again. I found a cryotherapy center within 9 miles of my home. The business is only seven months old and the owner is  trying hard to make it work. Helping people is their main objective just as it was for Albert.

I have at least four sessions a week and I constantly improve I can walk down steps, I can ride a bike and soon I’m going to start swimming.  Find Cryotherapy South Carolina


I am so  grateful to Albert for being there for me, and encouraging me to stick with the cryotherapy program that he believes  in with all of his heart, yes Albert I am in deep gratitude to you my friend.

One last thing you should know.  I live in a condo and I have lived here for 26 year and as you might suspect it’s a small great community where everyone knows one another. When I came home at the end of April people came up to me and said

“Oh My God you look so good, what have you done ,your face is different, you look so happy.  Are you still in pain? What did you do.” 

In this short amount of time  being home I have two people that have signed up for cryotherapy where I go.

Thank you Albert.

I want to Thank Ms. Karlene for allowing me to share her story with others so that her journey may help others to embark upon their own towards health and wellbeing. My only goal is to help you reach yours. Albert W Knight

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Cryotherapy Session Benefits Rebuilt

Getting Uncomfortable

 Cryotherapy Session Benefits Healthy WayOne of the main complaints people have while they are considering trying Whole Body Cryotherapy is how the extreme temperature is going to be uncomfortable and they are skeptical for just that reason. I have had questions such as “How does putting my body in such a disagreeable situation make me better?”. By creating an environment  in which the brain is tricked into thinking it needs to go into Survival Mode we in essence are hitting the reset button in the body. That will not happen on the Couch, no matter how comfortable you were it want last unless you change.

Cryotherapy Session Benefits: Resetting the Body One Session at a Time

Our modern way of life has changed into a more comfortable zone , we are no longer foraging for food all day long or running from other animals foraging for us. They say that we used to walk about a marathon distance a day looking for food, water, and shelter. Scarcity of many things kept us going  but also kept us in shape, but today hunting for a parking space or standing in the check out line is the hardest part of foraging. We no longer have the issues of our ancestors and this has led us to a myriad of ailments never thought of.

Cryotherapy is a way to quickly and efficiently get you back on track Cryotherapy Session Benefits

If you are a person currently taking medications for pain or inflammation, you are already uncomfortable. Even if the medicine takes away 80% of the pain you still have to deal with the side effects whether you notice them now or not they are there. I am here to tell you that does not have to be the way and you do not have to live like that. Cryotherapy has no bad side effects, only positive results. The more you use it the better you get.

You have a nagging injury that just doesn’t seem to go away and it seems to always flare up just when you are getting ready to have some fun. You can help your body repair as much damage as it can so maybe just maybe you can eliminate the underlying cause of the problem. Whole body cryotherapy addresses the causes of problems and will through regular use repair problems previously deemed ur-repairable.

Your Body was Designed to Repair Itself, it Just Forgot How. Cryotherapy will Remind it.

Yes, 2 to 3 minutes in a -180F to -280F chamber is an experience but it will force theCryotherapy Session Benefits Body body to begin doing what it forgot how to do and that is to help you thrive and be the best you that you can be. Unless someone finds a way to miraculously  jump into the perfect body than it will remain up to you to take charge of your life and see how great life can be in your very own Maserati of a body. Carolina Chillin’ is the place to go, even if you feel you walk around in a beat up pinto doesn’t mean it can’t be rebuilt.




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Cryotherapy Chambers

Why Cryotherapy Works So Well With Pain Management

Whole body cryotherapy (Cryo for short) was developed in 1978 to help with rheumatoid arthritis and over the years it has been found to help with many other issues from sports recovery to pain reduction.
Inflammation reduction is the end goal when stepping into a cryo-chamber for 2-3 minutes surrounding yourself with hyper cooled air where temperatures that range from -180F to -280F take the top millimeter of skin to the low 30’s in under a minute. By doing this your body goes into survival mode with the end goal being that it will work as efficiently as it can to keep you alive.

What begins to happen inside the body while in the Cryotherapy Chamber is that the blood vessels in the extremities begin to constrict (vasoconstriction) forcing blood back to the core where it will work towards keeping the core warm and protected. The blood temperature is raised and filtered better due to being on a much smaller circulatory path. This allows for better removal of toxins and waste and the introduction of nutrients and hormones into the system. Endorphins are released along with Norepinephrine. Upon exiting the chamber the body begins to warm and blood vessels begin to expand (vasodilation) up to 4 times normal in order to get the flow back to the extremities as fast as possible. This process will improve circulation to all areas of the body and possibly even to those areas having poor circulation prior to having a cryo session.

Many people talk about  a relaxed and calming sensation after treatments and this is due to the hormones released by the body and will continue for up to 8 hours. To see long term benefits daily or every other day sessions may need to be performed for a total of 10-20 but that will depend on why you are doing Cryotherapy. A regular maintenance schedule is also beneficial in keeping up with positive results.

Whole body cryotherapy altho designed to assist with rheumatoid arthritis has been shown to help with everything from fibromyalgia to tinnitus diagnosis, it is used by many athletes to recover more efficiently so they can stay in top shape to now many sports teams having them in the locker rooms for use on a regular basis.
From Golfers elbow to sprained ankles to tight muscles and arthritic joints is the latest tool for a fast, efficient, non-invasive way to help you feel better and live better.


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