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 effects on immune, endocrine and musculoskeletal systems. Today, whole body cryotherapy is internationally recognized as an important restorative treatment for the body and mind.
Cryotherapy is a quick, noninvasive process that exposes your body, or parts of your body, to extreme cold of up to -260°F 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.
This overall enhanced circulation accelerates the body’s natural healing process by increasing the oxygen and nutrient supply to the bloodstream, thereby helping to reduce inflammation, relieve pain and alleviate sore muscles. Cryotherapy can also trigger the autonomic nervous system to release the hormones norepinephrine and endorphins. These hormones can have an effect on your body to improve mood, arousal, improve sleep, balance stress loads on the body, and improve metabolism.
At PERFORMANCE, our team of healthcare professionals helps each patient and client determine the best formula 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.