Cryotherapy: What you need to know.
Whether you are a fitness enthusiast looking for a competitive edge, or a weekend warrior trying to recover from aches and pains, whole body cryotherapy could be for you.
Whole Body Cryotherapy is an innovative, safe and effective recovery treatment that reduces inflammation, accelerates healing, reduces pain, increases energy, accelerates recovery, and can even improve sleep.
Cryoptherapy is any treatment using extremely low temperatures (-140 degrees Fahrenheit) to heal and treat ailments and injuries. Whole body cryotherapy is performed in a chamber. Sessions typically last 2-3 minutes. Doors are unlocked, and you may leave anytime. Typically, you’ll wear socks, gloves (provided) and undergarments.
The chamber (cyrochamber) will fill with nitrogen gas to cool it. You will spend approximately only 3 minutes in the chamber, but in that time, the skin’s surface will be reduced to anywhere from 30 degrees to -40 degrees Fahrenheit. This quick cooling of the skin and body triggers the body’s natural survival mechanisms, which in turn, releases endorphins and adrenaline and increases circulation. Capillaries can also expand up to 4 times their normal size which can allow white blood cells to reach areas of injury faster, resulting in shortened recovery times and immediate pain reduction and/or relief.
What we know for sure, is that cryotherapy reduces inflammation. We know that inflammation contributes to aches, pains, migraines, skin conditions, and even some forms of depression and mental illness.
Unlike some other forms of cryotherapy, your temperature will feel normal as soon as you step out of the chambers. There is no lingering stiffness or feeling of cold.
Cryotherapy is being offered at our Eden Prairie location now. Call for more information, or to schedule an appointment.
Cryotherapy as treatment for many of these conditions is relatively new, and studies are not conclusive. Cryotherapy is considered safe, but discuss with your doctor before trying. Pregnant women, children, people with severe high blood pressure, and people with heart conditions should not try cryotherapy.