Cryotherapy for Quicker Recovery
For decades, professional athletes have used ice baths to recover from hard workouts and competitions. A modern (and dry) alternative, cryotherapy uses supercooled chambers to help individuals who want to accelerate muscle recovery, reduce pain, and improve circulation.
By exposing your body to extreme cold for a very short duration, cryotherapy harnesses your body’s own ability to fight inflammation and pain. It is a safe, effective and all natural tool that has been in use worldwide since the 1970’s and is being introduced to Monroe, Georgia, by Our Family Health.
Benefits of Cryotherapy
Cryotherapy has been demonstrated to be effective in supporting many conditions. Whether you are an athlete who wants to recover more quickly or a person suffering with chronic pain from arthritis or other muscle or joint issues, cryotherapy can help. Before booking a session, please check the contraindications in our consent form to make sure it’s suitable for you. Benefits include:
- Decreased muscle soreness
- Accelerated muscle repair
- Improved sleep
- Healthier skin
- Decreased fatigue
- Increased metabolism
- Improved circulation
How Does Cryotherapy Work?
When the body is exposed to extreme cold, an automatic fight or flight response kicks into motion, beginning with constricting the blood vessels to restrict blood from the extremities and redirect it to the vital organs. This process requires the body to increase oxygen levels and other proteins that naturally work to reduce swelling. It also sets off a cascade of endorphins and other hormones that prepare the body to deal with threats.
When you exit the chamber, all the compounds that the body has produced to deal with the threat move back through the body through your enriched blood. These compounds can then aid in reducing inflammation, reducing pain and improving metabolism and mood.
What to Expect at Cryotherapy
- Preparation: When you arrive, you will be given a wrap to wear during your treatment. ALL METAL must be removed, including jewelry, clothing with metal elements, etc. Coverings for your hands, feet and head are also provided.
- Session Duration: All sessions are a maximum of three minutes or to your tolerance.
- Frequency: We recommend sessions 2-3 times a week for therapeutic benefits.
Included in this offering:
- 3 minutes in private cryotherapy chamber
- Protective covering for hands, feet, torso, and head provided
Frequently Asked Questions Cryotherapy
What is cryotherapy?
Cryotherapy exposes the body to extremely cold temperatures for a short period. It is used for various health and wellness purposes and typically involves standing in a cryotherapy chamber or cabin, where the ambient temperature drops significantly, often to as low as -124 degrees Fahrenheit.
Does cryotherapy work?
Cryotherapy has been proven effective in supporting several conditions, including:
- Reducing muscle soreness
- Reducing muscle, joint and skin inflammation
- Alleviating pain
- Improving circulation
- Increasing energy
What is cryotherapy used for?
Cryotherapy is used for various purposes, primarily for its therapeutic and wellness benefits. Some common uses of include:
- Muscle Recovery
- Pain Management
- Skin Conditions
- Circulatory Conditions
- Energy and Well-Being
- Weight Management
- Injury and Inflammation Reduction
- Stress and Anxiety Management
Is cryotherapy safe?
It’s important to note that while cryotherapy can have benefits for some individuals, it is not a substitute for medical treatment when necessary. Not everyone should undergo cryotherapy. Individuals with certain medical conditions, such as cardiovascular issues, cold intolerance, or circulatory problems, should avoid or consult with a healthcare provider before booking a session. Pregnant individuals should not engage in cryotherapy. Please review our consent form to ensure that it is right for you.
How often should you do cryotherapy?
The frequency of sessions can vary depending on individual goals and personal preferences. It’s essential to consider factors such as your desired effect, the potential benefits, and any guidance from healthcare professionals. Listen to your body and consult with your medical provider when deciding on the frequency of sessions. Pay attention to how your body responds and consider integrating it as part of a comprehensive wellness plan that includes other health and lifestyle factors.
Remember that the effectiveness of cryotherapy can vary among individuals. Always prioritize safety and informed decision-making when using it as part of your wellness routine.
Does cryotherapy hurt?
While cryotherapy may be uncomfortable, it should not be painful. If you experience pain or other adverse reactions during a session, you should immediately exit the chamber and seek assistance. Additionally, individuals with certain medical conditions, such as cold intolerance or circulatory problems, should exercise caution and consult with a healthcare provider before attempting a session.
What should I expect after cryotherapy?
After a session, there are several common effects and sensations that individuals may experience. These can vary depending on the type of cryotherapy (whole-body or localized), the individual’s tolerance, and the specific goals of the session. Here’s what you can typically expect:
- Immediate Reactions: Right after a session, you may feel a rush of adrenaline and a sense of alertness. Some people experience a “high” or improved mood immediately following the treatment.
- Redness and Skin Reaction: Skin in the exposed areas may appear reddened immediately after the session. This is due to increased blood flow to the surface of the skin in response to the cold.
- Cold Sensation: Your skin may continue to feel cold for a brief period after the session, but it should gradually return to its normal temperature as blood flow normalizes.
- Pain Relief: For those using it for muscle recovery or pain relief, you may notice reduced muscle soreness and increased mobility in the hours and days following the session.
- Improved Sleep: Some individuals report better sleep quality after sessions, as the release of endorphins and relaxation can promote restful sleep.
- Energized Feeling: You might feel an increase in energy and vitality after a session.
- Increased Circulation: Cryotherapy can promote improved circulation, which may benefit individuals with circulatory issues.
- Long-Term Benefits: For conditions like muscle recovery, pain management, or skin conditions, the full benefits of cryotherapy may become more evident after a series of sessions, rather than immediately.
It’s important to stay hydrated after a session and avoid activities that could lead to overexertion or overheating. The specific effects and how long they last can vary among individuals, and some people may not experience the same reactions. If you have any concerns or unusual symptoms after cryotherapy, consult with your medical provider.
What will I wear during my cryotherapy session?
When you arrive, you will be given a wrap to wear during your treatment. Coverings for your hands, feet (crocs) and head are also provided. You can wear your own clothing, such as what you would wear to work out on a warm day
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