Whole body cryotherapy has been around for much longer than people realise. The earliest recorded history of cryotherapy being used to combat inflammation and pain is from 2500BC. More recent studies have revealed that receiving whole body cryotherapy at regular intervals could aid in the prevention of early-onset arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease and migraines. We’ve wrapped up everything you need to know about how whole body cryotherapy can address both the body and the mind and what it means for your wellbeing.
What is Whole Body Cryotherapy?
Cryotherapy can be targeted on specific areas to provide localised skin and inflammation benefits. If you’ve ever used a bag of frozen peas before, that’s a primitive form of cryotherapy! Alternatively, whole body cryotherapy provides the same benefits and more to the whole of your body. Here at CBB Blvd, our full body cryo chamber can safely cool your body to -140 degrees Celsius for a maximum of three minutes which is enough to see results almost instantly. Our chamber is completely safe, built to ensure that you never come into direct contact with cryogenic gases, instead you’re exposed to breathable air.
Who Uses Whole Body Cryotherapy?
Athletes and boxers are known to receive cryotherapy treatments during intense training seasons to optimise their performance, bring down inflammation and ease any pain. Word has even made its way to Hollywood about the benefits of cryo, with celebrities like Lindsay Lohan and Daniel Craig using this treatment as an energy booster. Now, cryotherapy is for anyone hoping to achieve its many advantages. Local sporting professionals and members of CBB Fit, our state-of-the-art personal training studio, use our cryotherapy treatment to aid in recovery, improve endurance and reduce soreness caused by a build up of lactic acid.
Effects on the Body
Cryotherapy promotes a significant decrease in blood flow and nerve irritation which leads to a reduction in the body’s production rate of inflammatory mediators and white blood cells. It also decreases the heart rate, lessens blood flow to the extremities, reduces oxidative stress and increases the concentration of antioxidants. All of this is postulated to help with:
- Muscle recovery
- Promoting healthy skin
- Averting hair loss
- Management of migraines
Effects on the Brain
Aside from noticing that you’re cold, your brain goes to work on producing beneficial hormones that are triggered by a cryotherapy treatment. Our whole body cryotherapy chamber (including the head) also incites your body’s natural ‘fight or flight’ tendencies, causing a release of adrenaline, noradrenaline and endorphins immediately after the session. This is all thought to help with:
- Improving your quality of sleep
- Managing mood disorders like anxiety and depression
- Protects from neurodegenerative diseases
- Improving focus and alertness
Keen to Try Whole Body Cryotherapy at CBB?
A whole body cryotherapy session has a long list of benefits that are applicable to everyone, however, best results are achieved when receiving treatments at regular intervals; ideally 2-3 times a week.
We recommend this treatment for anyone wanting to try it out for themselves unless they have; unmanaged hypertension or a pacemaker, are currently pregnant, have a cold allergy or deep vein thrombosis.
Book your first cryotherapy session today for $90 to start seeing the benefits cold therapy has to offer!