Whole Body CryoTherapy
Originally developed as a technique in Japan in 1978 by Dr. Toshima Yamauchi for treating inflammation caused by rheumatoid arthritis, cryotherapy has been used for years by European health care facilities because of its positive effects on immune, endocrine and musculoskeletal systems. Today, whole body cryotherapy is internationally recognized as an important restorative treatment for the body and mind.
The term cryotherapy comes from the Greek words cryo meaning "cold" and therapy meaning "cure. Whole body cryotherapy is a non-invasive cooling treatment that activates the nervous system so your body can do what it does best: recover, repair, and restore. This therapy uses dry cold and exposes the body to temperatures up to -260 for 3 minutes through the use of liquid nitrogen. Cryo chambers are used for whole body cryotherapy and are aimed at reducing your overall skin temperature to between 40°F and 50°F, while maintaining a healthy core temperature. This sudden drop in temperature signals the brain to go into “fight or flight” mode, sending blood flow from your extremities back to your vital organs which may be why you feel a pins-and-needles sensation in your extremities. When you exit the chamber again and begin warming up, your blood is pumped vigorously back around the body, creating a flushing effect".
- Enhanced blood circulation enhances the body’s natural healing process
- Reduce inflammation
- Relieve pain and alleviate sore muscles
- Actives autonomic nervous system by release the hormones norepinephrine and endorphins
- Improve mood
- Reduce fatigue
- Improve sleep
- Reduce stress loads on the body
- Improve metabolism hence lose weight
At Equipoise, our team of healthcare professionals helps each patient and client determine the best option for them to achieve their goals, whether that be healing from an injury or surgery, gaining muscle mass, losing weight, lowering blood pressure or just improving the way one feels each day.
Local Cryotherapy is an effective 5- 20 mins of therapy specifically geared towards a particular body part to help reduce pain/inflammation, repair tissue damage, aid in post surgery recovery, enhance blood circulation, and improve skin tone. The treatment delivers colder, more consistent temperatures, effectively targeting areas experiencing pain and inflammation. Combining with Whole Body Cryotherapy, local cryotherapy can effectively enhance treatment for muscle or joint pain or injury. It is proved very effective in conditions like sprain, strained, or pulled a muscle, is recovering post surgery, or is an athlete who has sustained an overuse injury. Local cryotherapy penetrates past the top layers of the skin, stimulating collagen production, and provides an efficient, powerful, more comfortable treatment over traditional applied ice treatments. Local cryotherapy is prominently used in cases such as golfer’s or tennis elbow, post-operative knee cases, low back pain and ankle sprains.
Local Cryotherapy is commonly applied to the following body parts:
- Feet – Souls, Plantar Fascia, Morton’s Neuroma
- Calves, Ankles and Achilles
- Back Pain including Lower and Upper Back Pain, Trapezius, and Rhomboid Pain
- Quadriceps, Groin/Psoas
Cryofacials apply pressurized liquid nitrogen vapors to the face, neck and scalp with use of small handheld device which helps to stimulate and improve the overall appearance of the skin. Regular treatments help stimulate the production of collagen leading to more firm, smooth, elastic skin, diminishing pores, and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, leaving a fresh, young, healthy natural glow. In addition, cryofacials can be used to treat inflammatory skin conditions, including acne, dermatitis, psoriasis, eczema and rosacea. This is most effective non invasive, non drug treatment for enhancing natural beauty.