The Science of Whole Body Cryotherapy

Whole Body Cryotherapy (WBC) was introduced in the 1970s by Japanese researcher Dr. Toshiba Yamauchi to treat rheumatoid arthritis and relieve pain. It wasn’t long before Yamauchi discovered the therapeutic side-effects of cryotherapy, extending to those with muscle aches, injuries and inflammation. Scientists across Europe have spent the last 30 years advancing and substantiating Yamauchi’s work.

Cryosauna science

Although it just seems like a fancy ice bath, there is so much more to cold shock therapy. Temperatures produced by liquid nitrogen can reach anywhere between minus 184 degrees to minus 292 degrees Fahrenheit. Users typically spend 2-3 minutes in our IMPACT cryosauna – covered from the neck down. 

It seems a little scary to think of minus 200 degrees as safe. Common sense tells you that at that temperature you would be frozen solid. In fact, the cool temperatures only affect the outer layers of the skin so the body “thinks” it’s freezing. This triggers the brain’s production of anti-inflammatory proteins that speed the body’s recovery process. Immersing the body in cold serves two purposes: it decreases inflammation in the muscles and improves blood flow. The body responds to the flow by dilating the deeper blood vessels to distribute heat. In addition to providing warmth to the stressed muscles, the wide open blood vessels can better deliver nutrients and remove waste. While nothing van replace proper nutrition and rest, cryotherapy can be a great addition to workouts, allowing muscles to recover between training sessions. A trained operator is always on hand to make sure your experience is top-notch. 

Athletes may benefit for sports recovery but that’s not all it’s good for. Experts insist it’s great for boosting metabolism, improving your mood via endorphin production, elevating testosterone in men and supporting the treatment of MS and insomnia. Actress Demo Moore uses her cryosauna for self-proclaimed “anti-aging effects.”

Whole Body Cryotherapy is NOT recommended for pregnant women or clients with:

  • Unmanaged hypertension or a pacemaker
  • History of, or being treated for cancer
  • Deep vein thrombosis
  • Cold or allergies

As with any diet or exercise program, please consult with your physician before entering into this or any other diet or exercise program.