About CryotherapyThe science and the history behind the freeze.
What is Whole Body Cryotherapy?
The easiest way to think about cryotherapy is as an alternative to cold water immersion or ice packs.
You are placed in a cryogenic chamber for a short duration (i.e. no more than three minutes). This is comparable to ice swimming. Whole body Cryotherapy originated in Japan in 1978. However, it was a group of Polish scientists who took the idea and made it the physical therapy it is today. During a session, the chamber is cooled with liquid nitrogen to a temperature of around -220° to -240° F and a person spends up to 3 minutes in the cold. As your body is exposed to the cold it reacts by undergoing vasoconstriction and centralizing blood around key internal organs. The blood becomes super-oxygenated and nutritionally rich and resupplies the entire body once a person is removed from the cold. This reduces inflammation, provides a boost of energy and increases the body’s healing properties. The therapy also triggers the release of endorphins which induce analgesia (immediate pain relief). Participants report the experience is invigorating and improves a variety of conditions such as psychological stress, insomnia, rheumatism, muscle and joint pain, fibromyalgia, itching and psoriasis. The pains and signs of inflammation as found in blood tests remain suppressed for weeks. The benefits of whole-body Cryotherapy have been supported by a variety of scientific studies, click here to read more.
Whole-body Cryotherapy is not the new-wave health craze. While the technology behind the chamber is new, the treatment of cryotherapy for health purposes is almost as old as ice. Take a look back over the years to understand the evolution of cold-therapy treatments:
The History of Cryotherapy
Oldest know text discusses cold therapy
Chilled blanket is invented
Hippocrates school teaches cold therapy
Japanese doctor invents whole-body cryotherapy
Napoleon’s soldiers and horses utilize cold streams to recover
Dallas Mavericks use whole-body cryotherapy as secret weapon on way to NBA title
First ice bath in the United States is used
Restore Cryotherapy opens its first location in Austin, Tx