Whole Body Cryotherapy (WBC) is a sophisticated method of cold therapy involving three minutes of skin exposure to temperatures between -200°F to -250°F.
What are the origins of Whole Body Cryotherapy?
Whole Body Cryotherapy was first developed in 1978 by Dr. Yamaguchi of Japan to treat patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis. The technology quickly spread to Europe where it was further research and developed as a treatment for surgical recovery, chronic physical conditions, increasing athletic performance and decreasing muscle recovery time, weight loss, improving skin tone and texture, treating anxiety and depression, as well as Psoriasis and Fibromyalgia.
How does it work?
In the Cryochamber the body is exposed to ultra-low temperatures of -200 to -240 F. Your skin surface temperature will typically decrease by 30-50 degrees Fahrenheit over a period of two-three minutes. The sudden temperature change causes your blood vessels to massively constrict and dilate inducing responses from the Circulatory System, the Energy Meridians, and the Nervous System.
During each session the body releases endorphins, which are hormones that make you feel good and energetic. The mood-enhancing effects from each session can last for days.
Is it painful?
The chamber is cooled using liquid nitrogen, however you are not in direct contact with the gas. Further, the lack of air currents and air moisture during the treatment ensures that you will not perceive the cold as extreme as it. The extreme cold triggers the bodies reaction, yet doesn’t allow the chill to uncomfortably penetrate the skin.
What are the benefits?
Whole Body Cryotherapy immediately improves blood circulation ensuring adequate delivery of oxygen and nutrients to bodily tissues, while improving the body’s natural ability to eliminate toxins. The skin reacts to the cold and sends messages to the brain stimulating the regulatory functions of the body. The skin exposure to the extreme temperatures also triggers the release of anti-inflammatory molecules and endorphins. Many pro athletes like LeBron James employ this treatment to enhance performance as well as a means of reducing recovery time from acute injuries. Similarly, celebrities like Jennifer Aniston and Demi Moore like the treatment for its beauty benefits and weight loss assistance.
You may benefit from Whole Body Cryotherapy if you…
Better looking skin
To lose weight
Improve blood flow
Improve athletic performance and recovery