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.
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