Whole Body Cryotherapy in Atlanta
Cryotherapy was initially developed in Japan in 1978 for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, and the benefits have been studied and refined in Europe since that time. Cryotherapy is now utilized in the United States, and with wonderful results. Cryotherapy is a pain treatment method that includes the use of localized freezing temperatures to paralyze or deaden an irritated nerve. During the cryotherapy process, the tissue next to the affected nerve will be penetrated with a probe. The probe will then efficiently freeze the nerve by dropping the temperature. The freezing will deaden the nerve which as a result, will bring relief to the painful nerve. This method is a safe and effective way to treat localized nerve irritation.
Whole body Cryotherapy involves exposing the body to an extremely cold environment of -150 degrees Fahrenheit and less. Initially, as the blood vessels constrict, blood moves away from the limbs and towards the vital organs of the body. This is a protective and natural measure that the body takes in response to extreme cold. In the process, several systems within the body are affected, and it is here that the benefits begin.
Cryotherapy Benefits Include:
- Decreased inflammation
At some point in our lives, we’ve probably make use of ice for inflammation like injury or bruise, without any scientific research proven to us. In theory, it can benefit someone when it comes to eliminating aches and pains, which nearly everyone has. The cause of the pain is inflammation. Think of a sprained ankle and swelling. How do you treat a sprained ankle, you put ice on it.
- Increased athletic performance levels
Many athletes for so long have been using ice to speed up their recovery and Cryotherapy is a great way to get the benefits of cold to the entire body. After an exercise, the body begins to warm, and increased blood flows back using a process called vasodilation. As a result, whole body cryotherapy is very effective for muscle repair and athletic recovery.
- Increased metabolism
Some researchers show whole body cryotherapy has the metabolic effect of “burning 800 calories in 3 minutes.” However, there is also research that shows that whole body cryotherapy can boost up the metabolic rate by over 300%.
- Reduction of chronic pain and fatigue
Whole body cryotherapy has used to treat conditions like chronic pain and rheumatoid arthritis (RA) conditions. Cold therapies are effective and better tolerated by patients and seem to have both short and long-term benefits against chronic pain.
- Mood Boost
Many people that went through Cryotherapy sessions finds out that their mood increases and felt energized; this is because this procedure releases endorphins into the bloodstream. So instead of reaching out for antidepressants, why don’t you opt for cryotherapy instead?
- Collagen boost
Restore Cryotherapy said in a statement that, “Routine cryotherapy treatments can help rejuvenate the collagen matrix, improving skin’s resilience and reducing the appearance of cellulite and fatty deposits at the skin’s surface.” The bottom line is cryotherapy can help increase skin’s collagen and also reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
Sessions can be purchased individually or in packages. Call us today at 678-841-7055 to schedule an appointment.
Note that if you are 17 years of age or younger a parent must sign the waiver and 15 and under must have a physician, physical therapist or DC send in a referral for services.
- Is Cryotherapy Safe?
Yes! Cryotherapy uses gasiform nitrogen to lower the skin surface temperature from normal body temperature to 30 degrees Fahrenheit in 30 seconds or less and keeps it that way for two-three minutes. The nitrogen is a non-toxic gas. The air that we breathe is made up of 16% Oxygen, 1% Hydrogen, 78% Nitrogen and 5% of other components.
- What should I wear?
Before entering the Cryotherapy sauna, guests are required to dress in protective clothing composed of cotton socks (which are provided) and underwear. You will also be provided with a robe, which you will remove once you are inside the Cryo-chamber and the door is closed. Only your hands and face are visible to the operator during the procedure, so modesty is preserved at all times. Additionally, it is a dry, gaseous cold. Which means the treatment is tolerable even to those who may consider themselves cold-intolerant.
- How will I feel after a session?
The body releases hormones called endorphins during each session. Endorphins make people feel energized and give a good feeling in general. The endorphin effect will typically last about 7 hours. After a session, nearly all clients report having one of the best days and nights they had in a long time.
- What are the optimal numbers of treatments?
Studies show that it depends on your reason for Cryotherapy and what your goals are but on average 5-10 sessions.
- How can I tolerate the cold?
The air is arid, and it won’t freeze your skin tissues or organs. The fact is some people don’t even shiver when in Cryotherapy session. The beneficial results are created when the cooled air flows over the skin.
- Does Cryotherapy cause Claustrophobia?
Cryotherapy is similar to standing in a shower, and the chamber is not enclosed. Additionally, you can see out of the capsule at all times, and we try to keep you distracted for your three-minute treatment.
- Is a shower required before or after a session?
No. Cryotherapy is a completely dry treatment. In fact, many of our clients stop by on their lunch break for treatment.
- Who should not use Cryotherapy?
The following conditions are contraindications to the whole body Cryotherapy: Pregnancy, severe Hypertension (BP> 180/100), acute or recent myocardial infarction, unstable angina pectoris, arrhythmia, symptomatic cardiovascular disease, cardiac pacemaker, peripheral arterial occlusive disease, venous thrombosis, acute or recent cerebrovascular accident, uncontrolled seizures, Raynaud’s Syndrome, fever, tumor disease, symptomatic lung disorders, bleeding disorders, severe anemia, infection, cold allergy, acute kidney and urinary tract diseases.
- What are post-treatment instructions?
To stabilize your body’s temperature as well as promote vasodilatation (expansion of the body’s blood vessels) it is recommended that 10 minutes of light exercise be performed post-Cryotherapy. The movement will induce more rapid vasodilatation of the vessels and capillaries and can extend the period of analgesia as well as feelings of well being. SpineCenterAtlanta provides a fitness center full of exercise equipment for your use post-treatment.
- Are there any risks associated with Cryotherapy?
Whole body Cryotherapy is very well tolerated and has minimal risks: Fluctuations in blood pressure during the procedure by up to 10 points systolically (this effect reverses after the end of the process, as peripheral circulation returns to normal), allergic reaction to extreme cold (rare), claustrophobia, anxiety, activation of some viral conditions (cold sores) etc. due to stimulation of the immune system.