History of Cryotherapy
Cryotherapy comes from the Greek "Cryo" meaning cold and "therepeia" meaning cure.
For over 4000 years, cold exposure treatment or Cryotherapy has been used for a variety of reasons. Ancient Egyptians used ice and snow to treat pain, injuries and reduce inflammation as far back as 2500BC. In 460-370BC Greeks soaked in cold water, emerging feeling stronger and more powerful. Throughout the 1800's, the use of Cryotherapy spread throughout Europe in a variety of uses and applications.
During the 1970's in Japan, Dr. Yamuchi started using what is now known as Whole Body Cryotherapy (WBC). By using short freezing treatments on rheumatoid arthritis patients for the purpose of pain management, Dr. Yamuchi changed the face of cold temperature therapy. When the patient's outer skin was exposed to the fast decrease of temperature, there was an immediate release of endorphins, lessening the sensitivity to pain typically felt during the movement of their joints. Over the next 10 years, his clinic treated over 2000 patients with rheumatic disease, reporting 80% returned to normal life without pain.
In 1979 the method of WBC was presented by Dr. Yamuchi at the Rheumatology Congress in Germany. Shortly thereafter, Professor Fricke commissioned the first WBC Chamber to be used outside of Japan, creating the methodology utilized all over the world today.
A long term human study directly compared people that immersed themselves in extreme cold water at 40°F (4.4°C) for 20 seconds to those that did WBC for 2 minutes at -166°F (-110°C) three times a week for 12 weeks and found that in both cases, plasma norepinephrine increased 2 to 3 fold (200 to 300%). WBC is now an accepted form of cold exposure treatment all over Europe and much of the world including the United States. It is commonly found in athletic and health practices and used by professional sports training facilities, including many US Olympic teams.
Benefits of Whole Body Cryotherapy
During a WBC session the brain releases enhanced levels of endorphins and norepinephrine, leading to vasoconstriction, and the subsequent stimulation of blood circulation and delivery of oxygen and nutrients to the areas of the body that need revitalizing. Regular cryotherapy can also reduce muscle fatigue during exercise and the time needed to recover afterward, increase cellular survival and strengthen the immune system, and relieve pain by reducing inflammation body wide and numbing sore muscles. Cryotherapy has also been used to treat aging and various skin symptoms by promoting cell rejuvenation and boosting collagen levels, leading to a reduction in the signs of wrinkles, and a tightening the skin.
When Cryotherapy is a part of your recovery routine, you can train harder, stronger and longer. Recover with the speed and efficiency you need to reach your goals faster.
Cryotherapy can aide your weight loss regime. Clients will burn calories for short periods immediately following cryo sessions, and many clients experience increased metabolism after WBC is incorporated into their monthly routine. Results may vary depending on the individual diet and exercise level.
Health and Wellness is more than diet and exercise; it is a lifestyle. Boost your health naturally through cryotherapy, by allowing your body to reap the benefits of vasoconstriction when ambient temperatures reach up to -184 degrees.
Cryotherapy has shown to be a positive treatment for pain management due to its analgesic effects when the body is exposed to the cold temperatures inside the cryosauna.
Cryotherapy can result in increased cell rejuvenation, improving skin tone and boosting collagen levels
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