Whole Body Cryotherapy – What is it?

Whole Body Cryotherapy (WBC) was developed in Japan in its current form by Dr. Toshima Yamauchi in 1978 to treat rheumatoid arthritis. Within several years, the medical community recognized WBC’s benefits beyond treating arthritis and began using WBC more broadly. WBC is a process of cooling a person’s skin to 30-50 degrees Fahrenheit for up to 2-3 minutes. This is done by exposing the skin to sub-zero temperatures, below -200 degrees Fahrenheit, inside a cryo sauna using liquid nitrogen.

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Clients will not be in direct contact with the nitrogen, it is a dry cold therefore making it bearable. For the 2-3 minutes a client is in the cryo sauna, the cardiovascular system naturally cleanses the blood of toxins and becomes oxygenated and nutrient-rich therefore triggering the bodies natural healing process. 

Endorphins and anti-inflammatory proteins are released into the blood for immediate pain relief and an energizing feeling. Once out of the cryosauna, the body immediately heats back up as the supercharged blood flows back to the peripheral tissues and facilitates the healing process. Also, during this time, as the body works to warm back up it is burning 500-800 calories within the next 6 to 8 hours.

 

What does it treat?

As stated above, Whole Body Cryotherapy was first used to treat rheumatoid arthritis, but was quickly recognized for its great benefit beyond arthritis. Here is a list of some of the top uses for Whole Body Cryotherapy:

  • Weight Loss (500-800 Calories/Treatment)
  • Increased Metabolic Boost
  • Boost of the Body’s Immune Response
  • Chronic Pain Management
  • Improvement of Energy and Mood
  • Decreased Fatigue & Improved Stamina
  • Overall Skin Improvement
  • Increase Circulation
  • Reduced Symptoms of Depression, Anxiety, Insomnia
  • Reduced Muscle Soreness from Heavy Training