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What is Cryotherapy?

Cryotherapy

Whole Body Cryotherapy...what is it? How would I benefit from it?

Alright let’s start off by translating what Cryotherapy means. Cryotherapy translates to "cold treatment." Cryotherapy is a procedure that exposes the body to temperatures colder than -200 degrees Fahrenheit for three minutes. The smoke you see is liquid nitrogen (no it will not freeze you like Walt Disney). 

Fun fact, it's been used to treat conditions such as Multiple Sclerosis and Rheumatoid Arthritis in Japan since the late 1970s. Some of the chambers that most places have look scary, but are designed to prevent anything harmful from happening to you.

It might seem crazy to go into a room that is -200 to -300 degrees Fahrenheit. Believe it or not, but the benefits are astonishing! Some to only name a few are tighter pores, inhibiting enzymes that break down collagen (collagenase), weight loss from an increase in metabolic rate, recovery from muscle tissue damage (amazing for athletes) decreasing inflammation, AND reducing the signs of aging.. Too many benefits to NOT try Cryotherapy!

What Really is the Science Behind Cryotherapy?

Easy! Cryotherapy will increase Norepinephrine by two fold. Norepinephrine is also a big anti-inflammatory agent. Thus inhibiting the production of TNF-alpha! ...What the heck is a TNF-alpha ?! Tumor Necrosis Factor is a cell signaling protein involved in Systemic Inflammation and is one of the Cytokines that make up the Acute Phase Reaction! 


Who is it NOT for?

  • Pregnant Women
  • Congestive Heart Failure
  • Previous heart attack in last 6 months
  • Unstable Chest Pain
  • History of Bood Clots
  • Disease of Blood Vessels
  • Hemophilia
  • Valvular Heart Disease
  • Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
  • Pacemaker
  • Nerve pain in feet or legs
  • Diabetic Neuropathy
  • Central Nervous System Tumor
  • Seizure Disorders
  • History of dizziness, fainting, narcolepsy
  • Cold Allergy
  • Open Sores
  • COPD
  • Flu Like Respiratory Conditions
  • People with metal in their body internally or externally 
  • Acute Kidney and Urinary Tract Infections
  • Intoxicated

Disclaimer: If you continue to experience unbearable, reoccurring pain, be sure to schedule an appointment with your physician or join our physical therapy family and allow us to help you regain function.

Iron Health is located in Briarcliff Manor and the greater Westchester NY area; our neighboring towns include Chappaqua, Mount Kisco, Ardsley, Tarrytown, Irvington and Pleasantville.

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Greg Muy

Greg graduated with a Bachelors of Exercise Science Clincal at Mercy College and is now a Strength and Conditioning Specialist.

Greg’s focus on exercise is based upon moving well and feeling good! He plans to open up his own crossfit gym and start his career as a strength coach.
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