The History of Cryotherapy
Whole Body Cryotherapy (WBC) was developed in 1978 by a Japanese doctor, Dr. Yamaguchi, who discovered that when patients were exposed to freezing temperatures for short periods of time their inflammatory pain, specifically arthritic pain, was reduced. Upon further research, Dr. Yamaguchi learned that when the outer layer of skin is exposed to temperatures below -180° the body immediately goes into "fight or flight" mode, leading to a rush of endorphins and reduced sensitivity to pain.
How it works:
During a 3 minute cryotherapy session the body is exposed to liquid nitrogen compressed in the sauna and released as vapors into the air surrounding the body from the neck down. Extremities are protected with gloves, socks and slippers as temperatures drop between -170 to -270° F, causing blood from the skin surface, muscle tissue, and joints to flow to the vital organs.
Upon exiting the sauna, newly enriched, oxygenated blood, and anti-inflammatory proteins rush back into the body as the brain releases serotonin and endorphins, the feel-good hormones.
The immediate restorative effects of WBC last from 6 to 8 hours. During this time, your metabolic rate rises to warm your body back up, causing the body to burn 500 to 800 calories. As an added benefit to WBC there is no recovery time needed before resuming normal activity. In fact, following WBC is a great time for a workout!
How it helps:
When the skin's receptor cells are exposed to temperatures below -170° F the body's natural "fight-or-flight” response is triggered and blood is sent to the core in order to protect the vital organs. Once out of the sauna the body quickly replenishes the body with revitalized cells that have been cleansed of toxins and energized.
Research has shown that WBC supports the anti-inflammatory response by igniting the body's own healing mechanisms, resulting in reduced pain, rejuvenated skin and improved muscle recovery.
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