Cryotherapy - Pain Relief & Injury
Cryotherapy is the local or general use of low temperatures in medical therapy. The term “cryotherapy” comes from the Greek cryo (κρυο) meaning cold, and therapy (θεραπεια) meaning cure.
Whole Body Cryotherapy (or Cryo Sauna) can be administered in one of two devices – the single person Cryo Sauna or the multi person Cryo Chamber. With Whole Body Cryotherapy (WBC) the body is exposed to ultra-low temperatures (-200° to -240°F) and the patient is placed in a cryogenic sauna/chamber for a short duration of 1.5-3 minutes, which lowers the client’s skin surface temperature significantly and stimulates receptors. This modality was first utilised in Japan in 1978 to treat rheumatoid arthritis, and studies conducted over the last two decades in Europe have established WBC as a powerful treatment for inflammatory disorders and injuries.
Professional athletes have discovered WBC as an effective treatment to decrease recovery time and increase athletic performance. Although Whole Body Cryotherapy originated in Japan, it was a group of Polish scientists who took the idea and made Whole Body Cryotherapy the physical therapy it is today.
Many high profile athletes swear by Cryotherapy as a recovery treatment, including Jessica Ennis, Novak Djokovic and Christiano Ronaldo. Cryotherapy can allow athletes to safely compete without injury having had less training days, and can return to sports quicker after injury.
The top benefits of Cryotherapy treatments are:
- Improves oxygen and nutrient supply to the skin’s surface
- Accomplishes skin radiance
- Delivers a defined look
- Removes wrinkles
- Long-lasting results
- Training and rehabilitation recovery
Additional benefits from Cryotherapy for Pain Relief and Injury:
- Increases blood circulation
- Strengthens the immune system
- Detoxifies the body
- Reduces inflammation
- Releases endorphins and adrenaline for increased energy
Areas taken care of by Cryotherapy
- Focused parts of the body
- Whole body
Did you know we have a treatment called CryoPen that:
- Removes skin tags
- Verrucae removal
- Eradicates warts
- Improvement of pigmentation, milia and cherry angioma
Please contact us for further information.
Cost of Cryotherapy
Cryotherapy starts from £50. Discounts available for multiple sessions booked.
What is a Cryo Sauna?
A Cryo Sauna is a metal chamber that is open on the top and equipped with a door and a platform that adjusts to your height. The sauna uses cryogenically cooled air to create icy cold air that quickly lowers your skin’s temperature in less than 60 seconds. For the three minutes you slowly turn while in the cabin so that the subzero air evenly envelops your body.
Is Cryotherapy dangerous?
Cryotherapy treatments are not dangerous; the liquid nitrogen that is used as a chilling agent does not come into contact with your skin. A trained operator is always present during the treatment so to control the temperature levels and monitor your comfort.
Are there any reasons why I shouldn’t do a Cryotherapy session?
Anyone who has unmanaged hypertension or a pacemaker, has a history of or is being treated for cancer, has deep vein thrombosis, has a cold allergy, or is pregnant should not use cryotherapy. If you have questions about whether you have any risk, you should first ask your healthcare provider before using a Cryo Sauna.
Is it comfortable?
Our treatments are limited to three minutes, this gives you the the optimal level of exposure to see maximum impact but also ensures that you are comfortable with the temperature changes. Describing the feeling of a Cryo Sauna treatment is like standing naked in front of a freezer on a hot day.
How long does a Cryotherapy session last?
Most of our treatments last for three minutes, however some of our NormaTec and facial treatments can last up to 60 minutes depending on your requirements.
I’m claustrophobic. Can I still use the Cryo Sauna?
Our Cryo Saunas are open at the top and the footplate height is adjusted to fit the height of the client, your head and neck are always above the opening so that you are not totally enveloped. The Cryo Sauna is also equipped with a door that is closed but not locked, so you are always in control whilst in the chamber.
What do I wear during my treatment?
Due to the extremely low temperatures that the body is exposed to, our clients must wear foot and hand protection plus either undergarments or a bathing suit to protect intimate body parts. All other clothing is removed, leaving the cooling air to penetrate the skin.
Do I shower before or after my treatment?
Neither is necessary, our treatments are completely dry. However, many of our clients use Cryo after a workout, which could be before they shower or after they shower.
How soon after my treatment can I expect results?
Results can vary dependent on the individual, and Cryotherapy does not guarantee that any of our clients will see specific results. However, we can tell you that you’ll likely feel great right away because after completing the treatment clients usually experience a release of endorphins, the body’s natural mood elevator, a lift that can last for several hours. Depending on your physical condition, you may feel immediate relief from joint and muscle pain, improved energy, and increased flexibility that can last for several hours or even days.
Is one Cryo treatment enough?
Whilst every Cryo session can be beneficial, we recommend our clients consider one of our packages containing 10-20 sessions over the course of a month. As a maintenance program, we suggest that the series be repeated every three months. Professional athletes will often have up to two sessions a day to help achieve peak performance.
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