Cryotherapy – a hyper-cooling process that lowers a person’s skin temperature to approximately 1⁰ C for a period of up to two minutes by enveloping the body with extremely cold air at temperatures ranging from -130 C to -160 C. This extremely cold temperature in turn reduces inflammations throughout the body amongst many other health benefits.
During the treatment thermo-receptors under the skin send signals to the brain. This intense cooling induces a number of giant physiologic changes in your body;
Initially, as the blood vessels constrict, blood moves away from the limbs and towards the vital organs of the body. This is a protective and natural measure that the body takes in response to extreme cold.
The immune system is fully alert and increases its white blood cell count reducing inflammations whilst giving you a positive, powerful immune system response.
Circulation is improved and the body’s water weight is reduced as the circulatory system reacts to regain its normal temperatures, this reaction burns 500-800 calories.
Huge amounts of Toxins left in the tissues are now ‘dumped’ and flushed from peripheral tissues and the blood becomes enriched with oxygen, enzymes, and nutrients.
The body activates all of its natural healing abilities and the endocrine system jumps into action with an endorphin and noradrenalin release resulting in an increase of “feel good” hormones in the blood stream.
A Cryotherapy session will induce a total systemic response that offers many advantages: reduced pain, increased recovery, improved muscle strength and hormone production to name but a few.
As the body warms up again, the enriched blood flows back through the body through a process called vasodilatation.
The many benefits of cryotherapy include reduced inflammation, accelerated sports recovery, improved sleep, elevated mood, brain power/mental alertness and vigilance, as well as collagen and antioxidant synthesis.
The healing time is different for everyone however it is recommended to have a course of 10-15 consecutive treatments for the absolute maximum results.
Celebrities that use Cryotherapy
Harry Connick Jr.