Cryotherapy comes from the Greek term “Cryo” meaning cold and “Therapeia” meaning cure. Whole Body Cryotherapy originated in Japan in 1978 with Dr. Yamaguchi. Freezing treatments were used for pain management and Rheumatoid Arthritis. It was found that the rapid decrease of temperature of the outer layer of the skin lead to the immediate release of endorphins, therefore less sensitivity to pain.
Whole Body Cryotherapy consists of 2-3 minute sessions with below zero temperatures ranging from -100 degrees Fahrenheit to -220 degrees Fahrenheit, reducing your body’s temperature 30-50 degrees Fahrenheit. There are many benefits to Cryotherapy and the use of Cryotherapy machines, which are also known as Cryosaunas. Research and clinical studies show that Cryotherapy can be used to treat and relieve muscle pain and soreness. This makes it an effective alternative to the low-tech applications, such as ice packs and ice bath immersion. Cryotherapy can relieve muscle pain, sprains, swelling, and joint stiffness. Many clients also report improvements in sleep quality and restfulness.
Is Cryotherapy Dangerous?
No, the liquid nitrogen that is used as a chilling agent does not come into contact with your skin, and it is the same nitrogen that makes up the air we breathe (actually 78% of it). In the chamber, a person breathes room-air. For added safety, chambers are equipped with an oxygen monitor. A trained operator is always present during the treatment to control the temperature levels and monitor your comfort. Nitrogen is a friendly, non-toxic gas. Nitrogen composes 78% of the air that we breathe. The other components are 16% Oxygen, 1% Hydrogen and 5% other gases. Nitrogen is as common and safe as Oxygen.