Whole Body Cryotherapy
Whole Body Cryotherapy, is a procedure that exposes the body to freezing nitrogen gas or synthetic air of temperatures ranging from negative 200 to 260 degrees Fahrenheit (93 to 126 degrees Celsius). Treatment lasts for a short time, no longer than 4 minutes and aids in the recovery of injury by first recalling blood from the surface of the skin and extremities to the body’s core. Blood is oxygenated retreating to the core and then flows back throughout the body after treatment completes and the body begins to reheat. The return of oxygen enriched blood to injured tissue accelerates cell repair and allows the patient to heal more quickly.
Cryochambers are one way to induce a whole body cryotherapeutic response. The main difference in application between a cryochamber and a cryosauna is that a cryochamber is a completely enclosed space that may house several patients at one time and requires the patient to wear not only gloves, socks and underwear but also a headband, ear muffs and respiratory mask. While session costs are not more expensive, the purchase of a cryochamber will cost more than a cryosauna.
If a simple description of a cryochamber is a walk in freezer, a cryosauna could be described as a large open-ended tube. A common misconception is that because the patients head is exposed inside of a cryosauna that whole body cryotherapy is not achieved. However, a whole body response is produced by a cryosauna regardless of its open-ended nature. Another benefit of cryosaunas is that colder temperatures are possible as there is less space that must be cooled. For patients who would be uncomfortable wearing a mask or prefer to receive treatment alone cryosaunas offer more perks.
Health & Safety
Cryotherapy is a safe procedure, offers many benefits to practitioners and is enjoyed by many individuals of varying health. Here is a brief list of individuals who may not be suitable candidates for cryotherapy:
– Pregnant or lactating women.
– Individuals with pacemakers, arrhythmia or symptomatic cardiovascular disease.
– Individuals with a history of blood clots or uncontrolled seizures.
– Individuals suffering from cold allergies.
On the Fence about Cryotherapy?
Athletes or individuals suffering from chronic or inflammatory medical conditions but are claustrophobic, do not handle pain or cold temperatures well should definitely consider cryotherapy. Cryosaunas often use magnetic doors and leave the head free of enclosure and so are an ideal choice for claustrophobic patients. Additionally, while users will experience a definite chill cryotherapy is not painful and will not make you more likely to catch a cold, in fact the immune response stimulated by cryotherapy could decrease your chance of getting sick.
Cryosaunas and chambers offer unique benefits and can tailor cryotherapy to help meet your specific needs. Forget the cold bath and find a reputable cryotherapy clinic today!