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.
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 health practices and used by professional sports training facilities, including many US Olympic teams. A recently completed long term human study 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%).
Benefits of Whole Body Cryotherapy
During a WBC session the brain releases enhanced levels of endorphins and norepinephrine (a hormone and neurotransmitter than controls inflammation) leading to vasoconstriction, and the subsequent circulation and delivery of oxygen rich, toxin flushed, blood throughout the body. Regular cryotherapy can reduce muscle fatigue during exercise and the time needed to recover afterward, and relieve pain by reducing inflammation and numbing sore muscles. Cryotherapy has also been used to treat aging and various skin symptoms by promoting cell rejuvenation and boosting collagen levels.
When Cryotherapy is a part of your routine, you can train harder, stronger and longer. Reduced muscle fatigue during exercise and controlled inflammation allows for less time needed to recover, allowing you to reach your goals faster.
Clients will burn calories during and for a short period immediately following cryo sessions as your body initiates thermogenesis in order to heat itself. Many clients also experience an increased metabolism after routnine WBC, as thermogenesis triggers the burning of mitochondria rich brown fat cells within the body. Results may vary depending on the individual diet and exercise level.
Health and Wellness is more than diet and exercise; it is a lifestyle. Help boost your health, NATURALLY, through cryotherapy.
WBC aides in naturally controlling painful inflammation throughout the body. WBC has also shown to be a positive treatment for pain management by flushing toxins from joints and muscles and numbing skin and muscles during cryotherapy sessions.
Cryotherapy can boost collagen levels and increase cell rejuvenation, resulting in improved skin tone. Clients have reported increased energy levels, a tightening of skin, reduction in wrinkles and increased energy levels.
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