History of Cryotherapy
The Egyptians used cold to treat injuries and inflammation as early as 2500 BCE. Whole Body Cryotherapy (WBC) in its current form was first administered in 1978 by a Japanese rheumatologist by the name of Dr. Yamaguchi. He used freezing treatments of short duration on his patients’ skin surface for pain management of rheumatoid arthritis. He concluded that rapid short-term freezing of the skin’s surface led to immediate release of endorphins and is more effective than gradual cooling in an ice bath. His research led to the exposure of the entire body to these extreme temperatures with the development of cryogenic chambers. Further research in Europe and in Soviet Russia revealed the benefit of Whole Body Cryotherapy on patients suffering from chronic inflammatory conditions and on elite athlete’s training programs.
Research has shown WBC may improve the following: athletic recovery, rehabilitation, chronic pain, recovery from injury, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Psoriasis, Psoriatic Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, MS, sleep disorders, depressive and anxiety disorders.
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What is Cryotherapy?
Whole Body Cryotherapy (WBC) is a research-proven cold therapy that activates your body’s natural pain and inflammation fighters. Chill in a cold air sauna for 3 minutes, and your body activates it’s restorative process. The end result is relief from pain and inflammation, accelerated muscle recovery, boosted energy levels, increased metabolic rate and enhanced complexion.
“Research conducted over the last two decades, primarily in Europe, has established therapeutic efficacy of WBC in a wide range of clinical areas. The largest focuses of research have been pain management, sports injuries and athletic performance. It has been shown to effectively reduce pain and swelling and improve physical performance. Due to the numerous adaptive physiological responses, WBC has also been studied as an adjunct treatment for: atopic dermatitis, cardiovascular health, depression and Multiple Sclerosis.” (Clinical Relevance of Whole Body Cryotherapy, Alan G. Christianson, NMD)
Clients report that the experience is invigorating and improves a variety of conditions such as psychological stress, insomnia, rheumatism, muscle and joint pain, and various skin conditions.
Our trained and certified staff at Gla·cé Cryotherapy will meet with you to discuss your goals in order to ensure that you are completely comfortable and answer any questions that you may have. The Cryotherapy treatment will be explained to you before beginning your session.
This research-proven therapy is used for athletic recovery, pain management, health and wellness, injury rehabilitation and skin beauty. Come try what elite athletes in the NBA, NFL, MLB, UFC, U.S. Track and Field and others have been using to elevate their performance!
- Reduces inflammation, swelling, pain and muscle soreness
- Enriches blood with oxygen, nutrients and enzymes
- Accelerates recovery from athletic training and competition
- Enables the body to handle more intense and higher volume training
- Boosts energy & improves muscle unit activation (allows for immediate post-therapy training)
For those who suffer from chronic pain, whole body cryotherapy is the ideal treatment because it offers a holistic and non-invasive approach. Cryotherapy has been recognized to provide exceptional healing to the body’s nervous system, internal organs, and soft tissues. Experience expedited relief by incorporating extreme cold therapy into your overall wellness plan.
- Rheumatologist-developed to relieve pain from arthritis and inflammatory disorders
- Provides relief from musculoskeletal pain and inflammation
- Reduces pain sensitivity by increasing nor-epinephrine levels
- Improves post-surgery recovery
- Accelerates recovery from jet lag, travel discomfort and fatigue
Health & Wellness
Oxygenated and nutrient rich blood circulates through your body when you undergo a session of cryotherapy. Your body also releases “feel good” endorphins during and after the process, which are known to reduce feelings of stress, improve sleep, and aid in the treatment of depression. The increase of oxygen and nutrients in your blood after a session of cryotherapy also improves the general condition of your skin. The below-freezing temperatures trigger natural collagen production, leaving skin smooth and tight. Not to mention that a single session of cryotherapy can burn between 500-800 calories!
- Activates natural elimination of toxins and replenishment of oxygen, nutrients and enzymes
- Increases metabolic rate and caloric burn
- Provides comfort and relief from some skin conditions
- Enhances complexion and skin elasticity through collagen production
- Improves sleep quality