What is Cryotherapy?
In simple terms, Cryotherapy is a non-invasive technique used to stimulate the body’s own natural physiological and biological reactions in order to enjoy a number of varied natural health benefits. Ice baths have been one form of Cryotherapy and now you're able to gain all the incredible benefits by isolating body areas. Isolating body areas enables that which used to be a very unpleasant and painful therapy into a refreshing, revitalizing and enjoyable one.
How does Cryotherapy work?
Cryotherapy exposes an area of the body to extremely cold temperatures, triggering a reaction that increases your metabolic rate, prompting your body to work harder and repair itself. The skin exposure to the extreme temperature also has an anti-inflammatory effect, decreasing pain as well as releasing endorphins. It’s like your body is able to hit a ‘reset’ button!
Does the treatment hurt?
No. The therapy actually promotes relaxation and unlike ice packs, there is no pain or discomfort involved. Towards the end of the session, you may get a short ‘pins and needles’ sensation, which disappears immediately after the treatment.
What does the treatment involve?
Cryotherapy offers this cutting-edge therapy with temperatures that reach –160 degrees produced via a liquid nitrogen tank. The nitrogen is filtered and pushed out through a funnel in the form of an ice-cold vapour that is held by our professionally trained therapists, who gently massage the treated area to encourage the lymphatic system and to bring some warmth to the skin.
What conditions can Cryotherapy be used for?
Cryotherapy was originally and widely used by professional athletes and sports stars looking to speed up their recovery time. Now the therapy is being used for a whole host of reasons including weight loss, skin tightening, cellulite reduction, as well as skin conditions including acne, rheumatoid arthritis and alopecia. There have even been medical journals published on the benefits of Cryotherapy for the treatment of anxiety and depression.
How will I feel after the treatment?
During every session, your body releases endorphins, which are hormones that make you feel good and increase your energy levels. The mood-enhancing effects from each session can last for days.
How many sessions should I do?
Everyone is unique and it depends on your condition, however, we recommend that for optimum results, you should initially take a minimum of 6 treatments in close succession with no longer than a week in between each treatment to maximize your results. Following this, it’s possible to have fewer treatments' spaced further apart to maintain and improve your results (e.g. once every week or two weeks).
Is Cryotherapy suitable for everyone to use?
Cryotherapy is well tolerated and is low risk, however, we recommend that you should not have Cryotherapy if you are under 18 (parental consent to treatment needed), pregnant, have a cold allergy ( very rare)have severe Hypertension (BP> 160/100), acute or recent myocardial infarction, unstable angina pectoris, arrhythmia, symptomatic cardiovascular disease, cardiac pacemaker, peripheral arterial occlusive disease, venous thrombosis, acute or recent cerebrovascular accident, uncontrolled seizures, Raynaud’s Syndrome, fever, tumor disease, symptomatic lung disorders, bleeding disorders, severe anemia, infection, cold allergy, acute kidney and urinary tract diseases.
Who developed the technology?
Cryotherapy was originally developed in Japan in 1978 for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. The treatment and its benefits have been researched and refined in Europe since that time. A number of research studies have been published in medical journals and online about the positive effects of Cryotherapy.