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Everything You've Ever Wanted to Know About Cryotherapy

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Everyone is talking about Cryotherapy, but you are not sure if this is the right wellness treatment for you. 

Exposing your body to freezing temperatures doesn’t sound like an enjoyable experience, so why do people still do it? 

In this article, we’ll cover everything you need to know about Cryotherapy: from the science behind it, to its health benefits. 

And yes, we’re going to unravel the secret behind its success.

What is Cryotherapy?

Cryotherapy is a treatment that uses cold temperatures to improve health. The word “cryotherapy” comes from the Greek word “cryo,” meaning cold, and “therapy,” meaning treatment.

Cold therapy has been used for centuries to reduce swelling and redness, stop pain or treat skin imperfections. If you have ever used ice packs to get rid of the bags under your eyes, you’re familiar with some of the benefits of cold therapy. 

Today’s Cryotherapy is a form of that ancient practice made for the modern age: effective, comfortable, and convenient. 

You can choose between Local Cryotherapy or Whole Body Cryotherapy. 

Prepare to feel like you’re acting in a sci-fi movie if you opt for Whole Body Cryotherapy (WBC). This service involves standing in a semi-enclosed chamber for two to three minutes while the temperature inside drops to around -200 F. 

But don’t worry, it isn’t as unpleasant as it may sound. 

You will wear  gloves, long socks, and slippers to protect your extremities from the cold. You’ll spend up to 3 minutes in the cryo chamber, listening to your favorite song while a Hyper Wellness Representative cheers you on. 

Local Cryotherapy uses the same extreme cold temperatures but targets one specific area instead of the entire body. Whether you want to target pain from an injury or soreness from overuse, this treatment may help you speed up recovery time, reduce migraine symptoms, promote healing, and reverse the signs of aging.

Another difference between Local and Whole Body Cryotherapy is session length. For Local Cryotherapy treatment to work its magic, you’ll need to have applied for about 8-10 minutes.

But how does Cryotherapy work?

What happens when you expose your body to freezing temperatures on purpose? 

First, our brain can’t differentiate the real danger (hypothermia) from the false one (wellness treatment), causing our body to activate the natural fight or flight response. 

Our brain sends signals to the body to redirect blood from the extremities to the core in order to protect the organs, causing blood vessels to constrict and the skin temperature to drop. This triggers a series of biological responses, including releasing endorphins, increasing white blood cell production, and boosting oxygen levels.

When you exit the cryotherapy chamber, your body adapts to the normal room temperature, causing the oxygen-rich blood to move back to your arms and legs. 

What are the benefits of Cryotherapy?

The benefits of Cryotherapy are the real reason this treatment is so popular today.

In fact, everyone can benefit from just a few sessions in a cryotherapy chamber. For example, athletes like Christiano Ronaldo often use Cryotherapy to recover from intense workouts, while celebrities like Jennifer Aniston use it to stay in shape and defy signs of aging. 

 

Cryotherapy is for everyone who wants to feel better from the inside out because it may help your body:

After a session, our clients often feel rejuvenated and excited.

Are there any potential risks or side effects involved?

Generally, Cryotherapy is considered to be safe when performed by a trained professional. The risks associated with Cryotherapy are usually minor, and most people experience no adverse effects.

However, some potential risks exist, such as frostbite or skin irritation. Therefore, always wear protective gear and don’t hesitate to ask for additional information. 

If you feel uncomfortable standing in a small place, don’t hesitate to share that with our trained Restore employees. Our chambers have a window that can roll down to allow you to communicate freely with our staff and feel a little less enclosed. The team will do everything to help you feel relaxed and calm. If you feel like you need to get out early, you can exit the chamber; you don’t need to wait for the 3 minutes to pass. 

Cryotherapy should not be used if you have certain medical conditions, such as heart disease. 

How often should you do Cryotherapy?

To maximize the results of Cryotherapy, more than one session is needed. We recommend completing 3 sessions over 3 days when you start your Cryotherapy routine. This is what we call a “Loading Dose” of Cryotherapy.

After the initial Loading Dose, most clients do Cryotherapy 2-3 times per week for best results.

If you haven’t tried Cryotherapy before, your first session will last 2 minutes and 30 seconds. After that, all your sessions can be up to 3 minutes long, depending on how your body reacts to the cold. 

During your session, our trained Restore employee will always be with you, whether to help you enter the chamber, answer your questions, or sing and dance to your favorite song to help the time pass. 

In a nutshell

Whether you are a professional athlete who wants the best recovery, a successful entrepreneur looking to keep mind and body sharp, or someone who works hard to balance career and family, Cryotherapy at Restore Charleston may be your secret weapon to feeling better and doing more of what you love.