What is Whole Body Cryotherapy (WBC)?
Cryotherapy comes from the Greek words Cryo meaning cold, and Therapy meaning cure. Cold therapies have been utilised since as early as the 17th century to help alleviate pain.
WBC is a modern approach to traditional cold therapy which utilises a special climate-controlled chamber to deliver an array of therapeutic and recovery benefits. WBC is an alternative to cold water immersion or ice packs which exposes clients to cold, dry air for up to three minutes. One of the biggest misconceptions of this form of therapy is that a super climate where temperatures are set to -110 degrees are intolerable. WBC is non-invasive and is much more comfortable than an ice bath or traditional forms of cold therapy, whilst delivering supercharged results.
Over 400 European clinics and hospitals have embraced WBC as an effective treatment for rheumatoid conditions, inflammation and accelerated post-surgical recovery time. Top athletes and sporting teams have adopted this form of therapy to increase athletic recovery post training.
The Whole Body Cryotherapy Process
Whole Body Cryotherapy consists of brief exposure to cold air in special temperature controlled cryochamber where air is maintained at -110. Exposure to cold temperature in the cryochamber triggers a desirable physiological response of the body.
The temperature receptors in the skin send information to the brain which responds with an attempt to restore balance. The brain attempts to maintain core temperature by carrying out vasoconstriction of blood vessels. Blood is retained in the body’s core as a means of protecting vital organs. After the 3 minute treatment is completed the blood vessels vasodilate and there is increased blood flow to the skin and extremities. During the process blood becomes enriched with oxygen, nutrients, and there is release of endorphins and anti-inflammatory proteins.