Whole Body Cryotherapy
Cryotherapy was originally developed in Japan in 1978 for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, and the benefits have been studied and refined in Europe since that time. Cryotherapy is now utilitzed in the United States, and with wonderful results. Whole body Cryotherapy involves exposing the body to an extreme cold enviroment of -150 degrees Fahrenheit and less.
Initially, as the blood vessels constrict, blood moves away from the limbs and towards the vital organs of the body. This is a protective and natural measure that the body takes in response to extreme cold. In the process, several systems within the body are affected and it is here that the benefits begin.
- decrease in inflammation
- increased athletic performance levels
- increased metabolism
- reduction of chronic pain and fatigue
- mood boost
- and collagen boost
Sessions can be purchased individually or in packages.
Call us today at (404) 351-5812 to schedule an appointment.
If you are 17 years of age or younger a parent must sign the waiver and 15 and under must have a physician, physical therapist or DC send in a referral for services.
Is Cryotherapy Safe?
Yes! Cryotherapy uses gasiform nitrogen to lower the skin surface temperature from normal body temperature to 30 degrees Fahrenheit in 30 seconds or less and keeps it that way for two-three minutes.
The nitrogen is a non-toxic gas. The air that we breathe is made up of 16% Oxygen, 1% Hydrogen, 78% Nitrogen and 5% of other components.
What should I wear?
Before entering the Cryotherapy sauna, guests are required to dress in protective clothing composed of cotton socks (which are provided) and underwear. You will also be provided with a robe, which you will remove once you are inside the Cryo-chamber and the door is closed. Only your hands and face are visible to the operator during the procedure, so modesty is preserved at all times. Additionally, it is a dry, gaseous cold. Which means the treatment is tolerable even to those who may consider themselves cold-intolerant.
How will I feel after a session?
Hormones called endorphins are released by the body during each session. Endorphins make people feel energized and give a good feeling in general. The endorphin effect will typically last about 7 hours. After a session nearly all clients report having one of the best days and nights they had in a long time.
What are the optimal number of treatments?
Studies show that it depends on your reason for Cryotherapy and what your goals are, but on average 5-10 sessions.
Does Cryotherapy cause Clausterphobia?
Cryotherapy is similar to standing in a shower and the chamber is not enclosed. Additionally, you can see out of the capsule at all times and we try to keep you distracted for your three minute treatment.
Is a shower required before or after a session?
No. Cryotherapy is a completely dry treatment. In fact many of our clients stop by on their lunch break for a treatment.
Who should not use Cryotherapy?
The following conditions are contraindications to whole body Cryotherapy: Pregnancy, severe Hypertension (BP> 180/100), 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.
What are post treatment instructions?
To stabilize your body’s temperature as well as promote vasodilatation (expansion of the body’s blood vessels) it is recommended that 10 minutes of light exercise be performed post Cryotherapy. The movement will induce more rapid vasodilatation of the vessels and capillaries and can extend the period of analgesia as well as feelings of well being. Spine Center Atlanta provides a fitness center full of exercise equipment for your use post treatment.
Are there any risks associated with Cryotherapy?
Whole body Cryotherapy is very well tolerated and has minimal risks: Fluctuations in blood pressure during the procedure by up to 10 points systolically (this effect reverses after the end of the procedure, as peripheral circulation returns to normal), allergic reaction to extreme cold (rare), claustrophobia, anxiety, activation of some viral conditions (cold sores) etc. due to stimulation of the immune system.
For a complete review of the Literature in regards to Cryotherapy, please visit this link: Cryotherapy Literature Review 2017