Whole Body Cryotherapy (WBC) is the exposure of a person’s skin to temperatures of -130 to -160 degrees Celsius (-202 to -256 degrees Fahrenheit) for a short time (3 minutes or less). At this extreme temperature, the body activates several mechanisms that have significant medical and cosmetic benefits.
Benefits of Whole Body Cryotherapy
Musculoskeletal BenefitsThe anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties of cryotherapy can dramatically improve the effects of muscular joint disorders such as fibromyalgia, rheumatoid and osteoarthritis. Athletes who use WBC improve workout recovery time and enhance their performance by immediately reducing muscular inflammation and joint pain. WBC is also recommended for post-surgery usage to expedite recovery and manage inflammation and pain.
Metabolic and Health BenefitsExposure to extreme cold causes the body to increase its metabolic rate in order to produce heat. This effect lasts for 5-8 hours after the procedure, causing the body to 'burn' 400 – 800 Kcal over the hours following the procedure. After several procedures, the increase in metabolic rate tends to last longer between treatments. Another 'survival reaction' to the extreme temperatures is the release of endorphins (hormones) that have analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties and improve mood disorders. Cryotherapy has been studied for the successful treatment of medication-resistant depressive disorders. Furthermore, patients experience a noticeable increase in libido, leading to the use of cryotherapy for ED and other sexual disorders.
Skin Health BenefitsThe outer skin is briefly ‘frozen’, activating increased production of collagen in deeper layers of the skin (similar to laser treatments of the face where very high temperatures are used). The skin regains elasticity and becomes smoother and even-toned, significantly improving conditions such as cellulite and skin aging. Skin vessels and capillaries undergo severe vasoconstriction (to keep the core temperature from dropping) followed by vasodilation after the procedure. Toxins and other stored deposits are flushed out of the layers of the skin, and blood perfusion is improved after several treatments. The anti-inflammatory properties of cryotherapy are also used to treat chronic skin conditions such as psoriasis and dermatitis.
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