FIRST TIME DOING CRYO?
No Problem! We welcome everyone to watch our introductory video on cryotherapy, which will explain what to expect and some important safety procedures to follow during your treatment.
WHAT IS WHOLE BODY CRYOTHERAPY?
Cryotherapy is a practice that uses a ‘cryosauna’, a machine that dispenses nitrogen gas around the body & aims to cool the surface temperature of the body to sub freezing temperatures to activate a beneficial physiological response. A Cryotherapy session typically lasts 3 minutes and can reach temperatures near -200ºF.
WHERE DID CRYOTHERAPY COME FROM?
Whole Body Cryotherapy found its beginnings in Japan in the late 1970’s by Dr. Yamaguchi, who first started using freezing treatments on his arthritis patients for pain management. What Dr. Yamaguchi found was that his patients experienced a significant reduction in soreness and joint pain after the drastic temperature decrease of the outer layers of skin.
These patients experienced a huge release of endorphins as a result of the cold treatment, leading to a reduced sensitivity to pain and decreased inflammation. Throughout the 1980s, Dr. Yamaguchi and his team found that exposure to rapid, short-term freezing temperatures produce a non-invasive approach to effectively managing pain.
HOW DO I DO CRYOTHERAPY?
At Ohio Cryo, we use a cryosauna chamber built in The United States by Impact Cryotherapy. When it’s time for treatment, a client will strip down to the undergarments and then put on warm mittens & slippers to protect the most vulnerable extremities from the threat of frostbite, as well as a robe.
When the client steps into the cryosauna for their treatment, the door will shut and the hood will be closed atop of the chamber exposing just the client’s head. That’s when the three-minute treatment begins and the ultra-cooled nitrogen gas is released, triggering thermoreceptors in the dermis which sends electrical impulses to the brain and central nervous system, sending the body into “Survival Mode”. This process sends hyper-oxygenated and nutritious blood to the body’s vital organs in its core.
When the three minutes are up, the client steps out of the chamber and the body immediately begins to warm up to its natural temperature. Vasodilation begins, sending the oxygenated and nutritious blood back out to the body’s periphery. This process provides the body with extra nutrients, rids the body of toxins, produces collagen and activates the body’s natural cell regeneration cycle to produce newer, healthier cells. The end results: a reduction in discomfort & pain in areas of inflammation.
WHAT IS CRYOTHERAPY GOOD FOR?
Whole Body Cryotherapy was originally used to manage pain associated with arthritis, however it can be used to treat almost any form of chronic pain. Recently, elite athletes looking for faster recovery from strenuous training have found it to benefit their rigorous lifestyle. At Ohio Cryo, we have found that adults of any age will experience positive benefits regardless of their lifestyle or energy level. A good candidate for Cryotherapy is really anyone who could benefit from increased energy and alertness, reduced inflammation, reduced pain, improved sleep, or anyone looking to restore their body & mind by tapping into the body’s natural rejuvenation processes.
WHY SHOULD I USE CRYOTHERAPY?
Since the main goal of Whole Body Cryotherapy is to trigger natural, physiological reactions stimulated by low temperatures, Cryotherapy is right for you if you are interested in a body that is capable of reducing pain naturally and can repair its muscles after heavy exertion and you value a sharp mind that can think clearer through increased nervous system function.
The effects of Cryotherapy are independent of the age of the patients. Cryotherapy is linked to an improvement in mood and in some patients has even led to an increase in self-control, which is vital when undertaking any type of regimented therapy or workout program. Across the country, leading spa and wellness centers are beginning to offer Cryotherapy treatments as a new method of wellness, anti-aging and stress mitigation.
The body is an amazing tool. Activate your greatness with Cryotherapy and start living better, recovering faster with less inflammation & pain.