What is Whole Body Cryotherapy?
Whole Body Cryotherapy (WBC) is a cold therapy treatment method where the skin is exposed to temperatures between -200° F to -250° F for up to three minutes. The method was first used in Japan back in 1978 for treating rheumatic disease. Since then, numerous studies have been conducted and have shown that cryotherapy is a powerful treatment for reducing inflammation and pain symptoms associated with a wide range of chronic conditions.
How Does It Work?
The body’s sympathetic nervous system is intensely stimulated by cold receptors in the skin. As a result, blood flows to the extremities and skin’s surface are redirected to insulate the body’s vital organs and maintain a constant core temperature. The response is the body’s survival mechanism where attention is directed towards maintaining the most crucial systems.
What are the Benefits?
Whole Body Cryotherapy triggers your body’s natural healing abilities. The therapy uses cold to induce a response in the nervous system, circulatory system, and Energy Meridians. This is the only such therapy known to induce such a powerful holistic and positive response. Here are some of the specific benefits you can get from Whole Body Cryotherapy:
What should you expect during a Cryotherapy session?
Prior to a Cryotherapy session, you will be required to complete some assessment forms to check for contraindications. Your blood pressure may also be taken. You will then get undressed to the level of your comfort in the changing room. Next, you will be required to put on the socks, slippers and gloves and then step into the cryotherapy chamber. Once safely in the chamber, a technician will enter the room to coach you thru your 3-minute session. During the session, the temperature will drop significantly, but at no time should it be painful. After the session, it’s normal to feel a little cold to the touch; but, since the cooling system is dry, you will warm up almost immediately. You will then feel energized and any pain and fatigue should gradually be diminished.
**This process may vary by location according to cabin manufacturer recommendations.