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What is Cryotherapy?

Cryotherapy

Whole body cryotherapy, what is it? And how would you benefit from it?

Alright let’s start off by translating what cryotherapy means. Cryotherapy literally translates to "cold treatment." Cryotherapy is a procedure that exposes the body to temperatures colder than negative 200 degrees F for three minutes. The smoke you usually 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. I know some of the chambers that most places have look scary but I promise you they are designed to prevent from anything harmful happening.

It might seem crazy to go into a room that is negative 200-300 degrees F. But with benefits including tighter pores, inhibiting enzymes that break down collagen (collagenase) weight loss, tissue damage (amazing for athletes) decrease inflammation, AND reduce the signs of aging.. Too many benefits NOT to try cryotherapy!

What Really is the Science Behind Cryotherapy?

Easy! Cryotherapy will increase norepinephrine two folds. Norepinephrine is also a big anti-inflammatory. Thus inhibiting the production of TNF-alpha! Ok I know what your saying now.. 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!

Whole body cryotherapy, what is it? And how would you benefit from it? Alright let’s start off by translating what cryotherapy means. Cryotherapy literally translates to "cold treatment." Cryotherapy is a procedure that exposes the body to temperatures colder than negative 200 degrees F for three minutes. The smoke you usually 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. I know some of the chambers that most places have look scary but I promise you they are designed to prevent from anything harmful happening. It might seem crazy to go into a room that is negative 200-300 degrees F. But with benefits including tighter pores, inhibiting enzymes that break down collagen (collagenase) weight loss, tissue damage (amazing for athletes) decrease inflammation, AND reduce the signs of aging.. Too many benefits NOT to try cryotherapy! What really is the science behind cryotherapy? Easy! Cryotherapy will increase norepinephrine two folds. Norepinephrine is also a big anti-inflammatory. Thus inhibiting the production of TNF-alpha! Ok I know what your saying now.. 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 blood 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 hooked to their body that is exposed (outside the skin), metal pin, rod, jewelry
  • 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.

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Greg Muy

CSCS & Cryotherapy Representative

Greg is currently studying Exercise Science at Mercy College and is also working on becoming a Strength and Conditioning Specialist.

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