Whole Body Cryotherapy
Whole Body Cryotherapy uses temperatures lower than -170 degrees Fahrenheit. The purpose of this is to elicit a systemic response. Temperature receptors in the skin detect an extreme atmospheric drop in temperature and this tricks the brain into thinking that hypothermia is imminent. In as little as 90 seconds at this temperature the nervous system prepares for hypothermia. This entails shunting blood from the extremities to the body core (brain and gut), suppressing inflammatory processes throughout the body, enhancing anti-inflammatory processes throughout the body, disposing of old and damaged immune cells and replacing them with new ones, and ramping up metabolism to create more body heat. You can think of it as a "Hail Mary" pass or a last-ditch effort to keep you alive against all odds. In other words, it's possibly the most robust survival response the body is capable of putting forth.
What occurs during a Cryotherapy Session:
Phase 1 REMOVE
During 2 to 3-minute session at cryogenic temperatures, blood vessels in your skin’s surface and muscle tissue constrict, forcing blood away from your peripheral tissues and toward your core. In the core, the body’s natural filtration system works to remove toxins and inflammatory properties in the blood.
Phase 2 REPLENISH
After exiting the cryochamber, blood flows back to peripheral tissues. Now enriched with oxygen, nutrients, and enzymes, your blood warms the skin and muscle tissue and increases range of motion.
Phase 3 RECOVER
Over the next 48 hours the process of restoration occurs and the body returns to a former and better state or condition. Clients report benefits that include reduced pain and inflammation, increased energy levels, and shorter recovery times from injury or workouts.
Cryotherapy Treatment Protocol:
Treatment time is only 3 minutes several times per week over the course of 4-12 weeks. The only contraindications with WBC are significant heart disease, recent heart attack, significantly elevated blood pressure, Raynaud's Phenomenon, or allergy to cold.