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Cryotherapy is exposure to subzero temperatures. The extreme temperature stimulates skin sensors, activating a Central Nervous System (CNS) response. This causes the release of endorphins, the body's natural pain inhibitors and mood elevators, while the enhanced circulation activity (blood movement into and out of the core) decreases inflammation by clearing toxins and metabolic waste with a supply of oxygen and nutrient-enriched blood to stimulate cellular regeneration (faster healing).
Origins of Cryotherapy.
Created in Japan in the 1970s for treatment for pain relief from the symptoms of arthritis. Now in the United States as a known way to reduce symptoms of pain and inflammation, boost mood, reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression, tighten skin, and more!
Treatments have been adopted by elite athletes and pro teams for muscle and injury recovery. Cryo is becoming nationally well documented as being used for the daily management of pain, inflammation, energy, and stress-related conditions.
Our Cryo Chamber is staffed with a technician that is always with you through your 3-minute treatment to ensure your safety and to answer any questions.
All About Cryotherapy
Cryotherapy is a therapy growing in demand as more and more people discover that even though they most likely do not enjoy being cold—cryotherapy is 3 minutes that becomes something they crave.
Crave the cold? Yes. Sculpt Tri-Cities completes about 700 full body cryotherapy sessions a month!
Not just for elite athletes, the majority of our regular clients are over 35 and many are in their 60s and 70s. Why? Because cryotherapy is 3 minutes that wipes the slate clean from stress, aches and pains, brain fog, feeling down or frustrated and especially helps relieve the symptoms of inflammatory issues.
Problems from chronic issues such as arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, PTSD, anxiety, difficulty sleeping, autoimmune disorders and more all are common issues that our clients report relief from and they report it is the reason they now look forward to 3 minutes of cryo 1-3 times a week.
Don’t get us wrong, young kids love it, college athletes love it and elite athletes looking to enhance their performance know it’s a must—but let’s face it, if we all could recover as fast as we did when we were young something like standing in a cold treatment for 3 minutes would never have been invented!
So how did Cryotherapy even come about?
Cryotherapy was invented by a doctor Toshima Yamauchi, in Japan in the 70s—he was looking for a way to help his clients with rheumatoid arthritis pain. He knew that cold helped relieve the pain from inflammation in the joints but he also knew ice can only get so cold. So, he wanted to find a way to be able to expose the painful and inflamed joints to a different threshold of cold temperatures—so he used nitrogen gas. The results were remarkable—and now we know from clinical studies that the quick exposure to cold temperatures creates a much different response than icing or a torturous ice bath. Plus, who has the time or enough ice to make an ice bath? And as a bonus, 99% of our clients report they are shocked at how much less cold than an ice bath the full body cryotherapy feels.
The physiology of how cryotherapy works and why it’s unique from an ice bath
Ice can only be ice cold. About 54 degrees Fahrenheit. With gas or air, we can reach much colder temperatures to therapeutically provide results. Full body Cryotherapy in our CryoBuilt Everest machine (the same machine used by the Cleveland Cavaliers, Dallas Mavericks and many other professional teams), registers to your body at -120 to -150 degrees Fahrenheit.
We know, you’re reading that saying “no way”!
Don’t trust us, trust that over 700 clients a month come back to do it over and over and over again—with 80% of them not even liking cold! But they dance, laugh and adapt to the 3 minutes and end up looking forward to it! Air bounces around and off your body and is much more tolerable than submerging your body in ice. Think of jumping in a cold lake in June: you jump in and it takes your breath away, you pop up and never swim faster out of that ice cold water. With cryotherapy the cold air exposure just feels different. More tolerable. Clients talk and smile and wave and dance through it.
And, if you disagree you can do just 2 minutes and still get the benefits! You can exit our cryotherapy unit at any moment independently. The door is yours to open and exit.
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Nervous? With our chamber you can bring a friend and go at the same time!
How often should you Cryo?
Much like working out—you cannot get in shape and then stay in shape forever because you reached it. If you stop working out the health benefits dissipate and soon you would no longer be in shape. Cryotherapy is very similar. If using it for the relief from chronic conditions or chronic feelings or frustrations then it will become a part of your regular routine. Luckily it is one of the fastest habits on the planet you can do to improve your energy, mood, sleep, pain relief, anti-inflammatory tool and mental and physical performance! For such a short treatment, the results are profound. Even if you dread the 3 minutes of cold each time again, it’s just like working out, you get done and will say “oh my gosh I needed that so bad!!”
And history has proven that cryotherapy is here to stay. Although it is not recognized by the FDA or insurance companies—the testimonials and growing popularity proves it works. Sculpt Tri-Cities is leading the United States in a model that makes it affordable and accessible without costing a fortune, in fact it would probably cost more for a co-pay if insurance companies started to dictate the costs.
The cold temperature stimulates skin sensors, activating a Central Nervous System (CNS) response. This causes the release of endorphins, the body's natural pain inhibitors and mood elevators, while the enhanced circulation activity (blood movement into and out of the core) decreases inflammation by clearing toxins and metabolic waste with a supply of oxygen and nutrient-enriched blood to stimulate cellular regeneration (faster healing).
In lamens terms, the quick exposure tricks your body into releasing protective and healing hormones! These hormones are the reason most people report feeling less anxious, sleeping like a rock, reduced aching and improved mobility immediately after just a 2-3 minute brrrrrr ok that’s cold but I can do this.
Nothing brings us more joy than helping a first time Cryo’er out of the chamber and hearing ”That was awesome!” “That wasn’t as bad as I thought!!” “Wayyyyy easier than an ice bath!” Then next comes the universal cryo dance: they start to bend their arms up and down, bend over hinging at the hip and do a quick squat because they already sense the improved mobility.
Further, if you think about it the body also wants to protect your skin from a sudden quick cold exposure. Beautifully, what happens after cryotherapy is that your body boosts collagen production! And as another amazing bonus—the amount of energy your body cranks out to warm you up fast not only improves your circulation but also burns calories! Cryotherapy is most likely one of the fastest ways to hack burning calories, in just 3 minutes there have been reports anywhere from 400-800 extra calories burned! Cellulite reduction, skin improvement, skin tightening are all reasons our members cryo 2-3 times a week. We have body scans from clients that show them losing 5 pounds or up to an inch off each thigh after their first 10 cryo sessions completed in 2 weeks.
There was a reason your Grandma used to put her face in a bowl of ice water.
All Cold Is Not Created Equal
Your body reacts differently when it is submerged in ice cold water vs exposed quickly to cold air.
The speed, or rate, at which your body gets cold makes a huge impact on the therapeutic results making it worth being cold. The body’s reaction to low temperatures while submerged in an ice bath (40 to 45°F) is radically different from its reaction to a cryogenic chamber with temperatures of -120 to -175°F.
In short, with an ice bath, your body slowly cools all the way through and your blood flow is concentrated on the vital organs but blood flow from joints and muscles isn’t necessarily changed.
However, with a quick exposure to cold air during cryotherapy, your skin surface is instantly shocked, but the discomfort is tolerable and the body sends blood from the skin’s surface, muscles, and surrounding joints to the core. The body will continue to circulate blood between the cardiovascular system and the vital organs. This is when vasoconstriction of peripheral tissues takes place--and benefits begin!
Because the cold is mostly superficial as there is not enough time to begin to cool down through the skin-- the core temperature of your body stays relatively intact, and the vasoconstriction that happened supplies all organs with more oxygen, nutrients, and enzymes. A cryo chamber does not freeze muscles or any other tissue. It only creates a powerful illusion of freezing and a powerful boost to circulation!
In summary: Cryotherapy is a quick, cold way to boost blood flow and improve circulation!! When you are done after 3 minutes your body rushes blood to areas normally restricted and clients feel the improved circulation, mobility and the body rushing to warm!
Whole Body Cryotherapy
Benefits of Fight-or-Flight.
The fight-or-flight response is a powerful and complex physiological reaction that occurs in response to a perceived harmful event, attack, or threat to survival. A cryo chamber session triggers this response, and for this reason many people feel a whole body cryotherapy treatment is possibly the world’s best kept secret against pain.
The benefits, effect, and breakdown of a Cryo Treatment
When inside a cryotherapy chamber, and during fight-or-flight, your brain sends a distress signal and triggers the adrenal glands in your body to produce adrenaline. As Adrenaline pumps through your body several benefits occur.
- Your heart rate increases pushing blood to the muscles, heart and other vital organs.
- Your breathing increases which fully opens small airways in the lungs. At this point your lungs can take in maximum oxygen with each breath.
- You’ll get extra oxygen to the brain which increases alertness and other senses such as improved: sight, hearing, and all other senses become sharper.
- Adrenaline also triggers the release of blood sugar and fats from their temporary storage sites in the body. These nutrients flood into the bloodstream, supplying energy to all parts of the body.
- Your body will experience a high level calorie burn session. A 3.5 minute session and maximum cold can burn as many as 800 calories!
// Cryo Chamber FAQ's
Our Cryo Chamber is staffed with a technician that is always with you through your 3-minute treatment to ensure your safety and to answer any questions.
The results speak for themselves. We don’t like being cold either, but 3 minutes is WORTH it, and much more tolerable than an ice bath. The benefits that you receive, FEEL, and adapt to are WORTH the 3 minutes. Not to mention burning between 400-800 calories in 3 minutes.
- Increase your metabolism and use it as a tool for weight loss
- Reduce/get rid of cellulite
- Reduce the appearance or even watch some varicose veins disappear!
- Look younger-improve collagen (what makes skin tight and younger-looking)
- Feel younger (release endorphins, boost positive hormones, feel the rush after)
- Rejuvenate your body-cleanse and detoxify with the healthy flushing of blood that happens
- Get better sleep-deep sleep!
- Boost your immune system
- Improve hormonal balance
IMPROVE PERFORMANCE and RECOVER QUICKER!
No, you should not. You are not in there long enough to get either. You wear gloves, socks and slippers to prevent frostbite. Your core temperature does not drop only your skin temperature. When your core temperature drops is when you will experience hypothermia. Not having any products such as lotions or body oils on is required. You must be completely dry to enter our chamber. You may always get out of the chamber at any moment-if at anytime it feels too cold you can exit. We always have a technician present right next to you at all times.
Time and blood flow. An ice bath you are in there for 10-15min. During that time the cold penetrates the skin and cools your muscles. This decreases blood flow and only truly helps with inflammation in the muscles. You are in the cryotherapy whole-body chamber for 3min. The nitrogen gas does not penetrate the skin, so this only cools your skin temperature. Allowing for the blood to flow through your body at a much faster rate. Therefore, increasing your blood flow. The increase in blood flow is what helps more with ligaments and joints.
Exposing yourself to extreme sub-zero temperatures puts extreme stress on your skin. This stress provokes your body to boost your immune system and encourage the growth of healthy skin cells which may help fight skin conditions like psoriasis. It is not a cure but you can see long-lasting effects from doing whole body cryotherapy studies have shown.
Besides the main benefits that are listed above, this therapy helps with blood circulation. So, by exposing yourself for 3min to cold you will improve your blood circulation which can help you stay warm!
Yes! Your skin temperature can drop 50° doing this. Your body is fighting to stay warm as your skin temperature drops rapidly. Once you get out of the cryotherapy chamber your body is working overtime to warm yourself back up again. That is how you burn calories during this treatment. This is about 45min on a treadmill.
We provide all of the protective gear you need, just comfortable underwear for men and underwear/sports bra without metal or naked for women. We provide protective socks, gloves, slippers, and a robe for you to change into.
Across the board, any clinical research done shows that the best health benefits and relief of symptoms of health issues come from ADAPTING to the cold. Studies show that receiving the exposure 10 days in a row, up to 20 is when the max benefits kick in. We recommend doing at least the 10 in a row or as often as you can and deciding from there what you’re experiencing and how many more in a row to receive. Maintenance will be very individualized and up to each person to decide. The 10 in a row helps you know for yourself and let your body guide you.
You must have healthy blood pressure-if you’ve ever had blood pressure greater than 180/100 you must check your BP prior to doing a treatment. Here is a link to our waiver.
Arthritis: The major complaint by individuals who have suffered from arthritis is joint pain from the constant inflammation. Cryotherapy can help reduce this pain and return mobility.
Fibromyalgia: Fibromyalgia is a syndrome of chronic, widespread pain, fatigue, and pain in response to tactile pressure. While there is no cure for fibromyalgia, there is good news for those who endure the chronic pain associated with fibromyalgia, as well as the pain and inflammation associated with arthritis, and other autoimmune diseases. Cryotherapy can help reduce pain and inflammation by using the latest advances in physics and physiology that have been shown to reduce swelling and promote healing, by providing a non-invasive environment to achieve whole-body exposure to subzero temperatures. Norepinephrine is released and is a powerful anti-inflammatory/anti-pain hormone. Our clients with fibromyalgia report having achieved their goals, experiencing relief of symptoms, as well as improved quality of life, as a result of cryotherapy treatment.
Autoimmune Diseases: Cryotherapy has become a standard part of the comprehensive treatment of rheumatologic diseases in European medicine. Now it has come to the U.S.
Psoriasis: Psoriasis is an autoimmune disorder characterized by inflammation and flaking of the skin. Cryotherapy lessens symptoms by addressing the underlying cause. 10-20 treatments in a row then maintenance treatments encourage the growth of healthy skin cells and slow psoriasis. Regular whole body cryotherapy treatments help restore the body’s autoimmune system to normal.
One survey carried out by the University of Alicante which was recently published in their Journal of Human Sport and Exercise revealed that post-exercise cryotherapy can improve isometric strength endurance compared to the control condition. The Welsh Rugby team has been using cryotherapy since 2011 with great success. According to former captain Sam Warburton, the therapy allows players to train an extra day in a week. The benefits of cryotherapy for sports and injury recover include the following:
- Decreases injury recovery time by an estimated 50%
- Significantly improves psychological competitive edge
- Reduces delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS)
- Greatly improves muscle strength
- Increases on-the-field performance
- Allows you to intensify training schedules because of reduced recovery time
- Improves joint function while inhibiting inflammation
The therapy helps your body recover from intense exercises by flushing your muscles and delivering nutrients and oxygen to them. Whole Body Cryotherapy (WBC) improves muscular resistance to fatigue and increases muscles’ capacity to regenerate which has been proved to enhance muscle performance.
Cryotherapy has successfully been used across Europe and the U.S.A. to ease depression signs. The process is believed to trigger the release of endorphins and adrenaline into your bloodstream. The release of endorphins has always been associated with decreased stress and low levels of both irritability and anxiety. Endorphins increase energy levels and will leave you euphoric for up to 8 hours. These “euphoric” endorphins normally increase the quality of sleep.
As competitiveness and training sessions in sports become increasingly intense, we need to work even harder to keep our athletes healthy. Cryotherapy currently provides the best alternative for sports and injury recovery.
Sports recovery isn’t new. People have always found ways of allowing their bodies to recover after taking to the field or after engaging in grueling exercises. What has changed is the professionalism of sport and the techniques used in recovery.
Cryotherapy at its most basic works on the same principle as an icepack on a sore knee. Just like the icepack helps relieve the pain on a bump, cryotherapy is used to relieve symptoms in people suffering from muscular and joint pains resulting from intense activity or injury.
According to statistics, over 80% of women suffer from cellulite, and until now there hasn’t been much of a solution. Modern technology provides us with the answer – cryotherapy. It has been found that low temperatures have a positive effect on the skin and overall body condition as a whole.
In the U.S., cellulite-reduction treatments and products became popular in the 1970s, but most were found to be questionable at best. Fortunately, cellulite sufferers today don’t have to subject themselves to the myriad of ineffective (but not inexpensive) loofah sponges, horsehair mitts, massagers, rubber pants, body wraps, and electrical muscle-stimulating belts of yesteryear.
Cryotherapy reduces fatty deposits by using extreme cold to constrict the blood vessels. This is achieved in a cryosauna, a therapeutic “bath” of liquid nitrogen steam that reaches between -250° and -350° Fahrenheit (-120° and 180° Celsius).
Due to the controlled low humidity, patients experience a pleasant cooling sensation, and they don’t feel the bone-chilling temperatures. After a cryotherapy treatment, the skin is not only refreshed and tightened but also rejuvenated and more elastic because of collagen stimulation.
Cryotherapy is helpful in the treatment of many, many problems, from arthritis and fibromyalgia to psoriasis and acne, and lately has proven to be the best way to help regenerate skin cells after a skin peel or microdermabrasion. Cellulite reduction has now been added to the long list of cryotherapy’s proven benefits, and the sessions are quick, painless, and affordable. If cellulite is, as many doctors call it, “fat gone wrong,” then contemporary cryotherapy is cellulite reduction done right.
If you are like many people, traditional weight loss approaches have become frustrating and pointless for you. Why continue experimenting with your body only to become unhealthier and less agile over time? If you believe in holistic approaches for overall health, then why not use the same for weight loss?
Cryotherapy is not a new technique, but it’s gaining popularity as the natural health field grows. In just one session, your metabolic rate will increase along with the improvement of your blood circulation. Muscles also become toned, and weight loss becomes much easier. On average, after attending at least 10 cryotherapy weight loss sessions, and up to 20, customers have lost between 6 and 20 pounds. To continue losing weight, it’s recommended to take part in additional cryotherapy sessions, along with a combination of exercising. (Please note: Weight loss varies for each individual depending on body type.)
It can be used as a tool to assist in weight loss, YES! Each individual is different. This is a tool for weight loss as it boosts calorie burn and reduces inflammation.
As you know, weight loss is dependent on your health, genetics, sleep, environment, hydration, activity, and nutrition. So, although we can't say "yes you WILL lose weight," it continues to be an amazing tool to add to your health maintenance toolbox.
In addition, we also offer the Fit3D Body Scan which provides you with a way to track body composition, inches lost, etc.
Stress that negatively impacts our physical and emotional well-being, drains energy and disrupts sleep can be successfully managed by committing to 3 cold minutes per day.
Immediate pain relief due to reduced nerve conduction velocity.
Chronic pain relief due to reduced systemic inflammation.
Less need for painkillers and reported cases of going completely medication free.
THESE are all proven results of regular whole body cryotherapy.
The reason why exposure to too low for survival temperatures used in whole body cryotherapy feels surprisingly good is the low heat transfer coefficient of air: just 0.024 compared to 0.58 of water and 2.18 of ice.
There is no reason to be afraid: 83% of people say that cryotherapy feels comfortably normal or comfortably cold.
(Data from ProCcare survey of 97 individuals after 2 minutes in a cryochamber at -90 C/ -148 F)