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The Whole Body Cryotherapy Process

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The Whole Body Cryotherapy Process

 
1

Whole Body Cryotherapy Commences

The CryoSauna releases liquid nitrogen vapour ranging between -120˚C to -160˚C, which envelops the client’s body for 0.5 – 3 min.

 
2

Thermoregulation is activated

The process is completely tolerable, yet the body interprets the extreme cold as a threat to its wellbeing. The temperature receptors in the skin send this information to the brain (hypothalamus area), which responds with an attempt to restore balance.

 
3

Vasoconstriction occurs

The first step the body takes to protect its core temperature, is to redirect blood from superficial vessels and capillaries in the skin towards deeper structures. This causes blood to flow from the periphery towards the central core.

 
4

Vasodilation rebound occurs

After completion of the treatment, the body reheats itself through vasodilation. The vessels and capillaries expand up to four (4) times their normal diameter. This causes a significant increase in blood flow to the skin and extremities, enriching cells with oxygen and enzymes to a much greater degree than under normal balanced conditions.

 
5

Hormones are released

Β-endorphins are released, which act as the body’s natural morphine. This has a pain relieving effect throughout the whole body and also creates a sense of euphoria.

 
6

Reduction of nerve conduction velocity / pain signal adaptation

The cold exposure drastically reduces the body’s ability to communicate pain signals. After multiple sessions, the body adapts its perception to pain stimuli.

 
7

Muscle relaxation takes place

Muscle relaxation leads to relief of muscle spasm.

 
8

Anti-inflammatory response

The body’s white blood cells secrete small proteins (cytokines), which are used in cell signaling and ultimately affect the behaviour of other cells. These proteins can be either pro-inflammatory or anti-inflammatory. During Whole Body Cryotherapy, pro-inflammatory cytokines are decreased and anti-inflammatory cytokines are increased. This causes a powerful anti-inflammatory response throughout the whole body.

 
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Reduces oxidative stress

The body’s total anti-oxidative status is increased. The body achieves an improved ability to eliminate free radicals, naturalize toxins and repair cellular damage. This process can lead to a powerful anti-aging effect.

 
10

Increased metabolism

As part of the body’s metabolic reheating mechanism, additional calories are burnt, often to a degree comparable to an intense workout. Reports suggest that an additional 400 to 800 calories are burned as result of a single WBCT session and that multiple sessions lead to a longer-term increase in metabolism, which can lead to weight loss.

 

Benefits of using Cryotherapy

Sport recovery and performance

Improves recovery time
Increases energy levels and stamina
Increases testosterone in men
Reduces inflammation throughout the body
Relieves pain in joints and muscles
Improves effectiveness of physiotherapy

Medical benefits

Reduced chronic inflammation
Reduces chronic pain
Increases systemic immunity
Adjunct treatment for diseases such as:

  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Ankylosing spondylitis
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Psoriasis
  • Adhesive capsulitis (frozen shoulder)
  • Atopic dermatitis
  • Asthma
  • Osteoarthritis

Reduces oedema
Improves postoperative recovery
Improves libido and is used to treat erectile dysfunction
Improves muscular fatigue
Decreases muscle spasticity and spastic paresis

Mental health and stress management

Improves mood and experience of wellbeing
Reduces stress levels
Decreases anxiety
Decreases depression
Benefits seen in sleeping disorders
Proposed treatment for Alzheimer’s prevention

Cosmetic benefits

Reduces signs of aging
Increases collagen production
Improves skin condition
Improves condition of hair and nails
Increases metabolism
Reduces cellulite
Reduces hair loss


Who's using Cryotherapy

Michelle van de Merwe

Michelle van De Merwe

My name is Michelle van der Merwe and I have been suffering from Polymyalgia rheumatica since 2010. Prednisone treatment accompanied by Methotrexate improved my condition but caused bad side effects including osteopenia. In 2013 I came off all medication. In February 2016, I suffered a relapse and consulted with my GP who suggested that I try cryotherapy, a new treatment in SA along with intensive physiotherapy and acupuncture as I strongly resisted returning to steroid treatment. I started physiotherapy and local cryotherapy sessions with Anita Naidoo. The treatment has definitely relieved the intense pain I have suffered. It has also improved my mobility. It is a medium term process I believe but one that is preferable to taking steroids. I am happy to recommend this treatment method to anyone suffering from a similar condition to my own. Yours sincerely Michelle Vd Merwe

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