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The History of Cryotherapy

The use of cold has been used to treat ailments, pain and inflammation since before 2500 BC. One of the first recorded uses of applying cold as a medical treatment was written in the Edwin Smith Papyrus, an ancient Egyptian text. The Egyptians would use cold to treat trauma and to serve as an aid during more complex surgical treatments. There are many occasions where the use of cold was said to release pain and to treat inflammation throughout the text.

In 400 BC, the famous Greek physician would use ice and snow to release swelling and pain for his patients. The name Cryotherapy actually comes from the Greek words Cryo meaning cold and Therapeia meaning cure.

However, it wasn’t until 1845, during the works of DR. James Arnott, that the benefits of using cold as a treatment were officially noted. Arnott would use cold to treat headaches and neuralgia, and he noted the almost immediate benefits. He also created a solution of salt and crushed ice which he used to ‘freeze’ various tumours. In 1851, Arnott exhibited his solution and apparatus and the use of cold to treat pain and inflammation became widely accepted.

The complex studies and findings of Dr. James Arnott sparked the curiosity of many other physicians, and in 1977, Cailletet of France began working on an expansion system for cooling gases. After many years and the contribution of many great scientific minds, the first medical use of cooled liquid air took place in 1889. The leading doctor in this field, Campbell White, used the liquid air to treat herpes, warts, cancroid and many other adverse skin conditions. In 1907 Dr. White wrote a paper describing the great benefits spot treatment Cryotherapy had on 15 different types of skin cancer.

However, It wasn’t until 197, when Dr. Yamaguchi of Japan introduced full-body Cryotherapy. Yamaguchi used short bursts of Cryotherapy to treat rheumatoid arthritis and found that a rapid decrease of the skins surface temperature leads to a release of endorphins numbing sensitivity to pain. His research led to the production of the first even Cryotherapy chamber, used today in modern full-body Cryotherapy treatments.

This treatment quickly migrated to Europe, where the use of Whole Body Cryotherapy was used on athletes to treat chronic inflammation and pain. In 2008, Cryotherapy chambers were being used all over the United States, and have since spread all over the world.

Today, the use of Cryotherapy is widely accepted and practised in almost all 1st world countries, and there have been over 69,000 studies made on the use of Cryotherapy and the effects on the human body.

Your Cryotherapy Questions Answered!

As Cryotherapy is still widely unknown amongst the general public, it’s normal that you will have a few questions. Many people are hearing amazing things about Cryotherapy and wish to book their first treatment, but a few niggling thoughts and questions are holding them back.

Well, that’s why we’ve created this FAQ, to give you the answers to all the questions you may have.

HOW DOES WHOLE BODY CRYOTHERAPY WORK?

Once you step into the Cryosauna, 100% safe cryogenic Nitrogen vapour will be passed over the skin. This lowers the surface skin temperature by around 30-50 degrees in under 3 minutes. This drastic change sends a signal to your brain which causes it to stimulate your body’s regulatory functions. Your central nervous system is boosted, anti-inflammatory molecules and endorphins are released, the amount of blood carried in your red blood cells increases and your body purges toxins.

IS WHOLE BODY CRYOTHERAPY SAFE?

Absolutely! Nitrogen is non-toxic and makes up 78% of the air we breathe every single day. While in the Cryosauna your head is completely outside, so you will feel free and be able to breathe the room-temperature air during the process. You will also be provided with protective gloves socks and slippers to keep your fingers and toes warm during the process.

CAN I EXERCISE  BEFORE OR AFTER WHOLE BODY CRYOTHERAPY?

Of course, it’s completely safe to exercise both before and after. In some cases, it’s actually recommended by your Cryotherapy attendant to do some light exercise after your treatment to help your skin warm up faster. Exercising before your whole body Cryotherapy treatment you will experience a quicker recovery thanks to the anti-inflammatory response, and increased energy.

HOW DO I FEEL AFTER THE CRYOSAUNA?

Every client will experience a high release of endorphins after each treatment which is a hormone that gives you energy and makes you feel happy. People suffering from inflammation or pain will feel relief almost immediately. The effects of each full body Cryotherapy will last 6-8 hours after treatment. Many clients also experience a metabolic rate increase and can be expected to burn 500-800 calories the day of their treatment.

WILL I BE ABLE TO STAND THE COLD?

During your Cryotherapy treatment, your body isn’t actually being frozen, it’s simply been given the feeling of being cold. The air passed over your skin is completely dry and safe, and will only lower the temperature of the skin’s surface. However, if at any moment you wish to step out of the Cryosauna you are free to do so and your experienced attendant will be there to help.

IS WHOLE BODY CRYOTHERAPY THE SAME AS AN ICE BATH?

No! Ice baths can last up to 20 minutes, are extremely painful and can ultimately damage the skin. Cryotherapy is a completely dry process, so the skin is never penetrated by the cold. Cryotherapy also only lasts up to 3 minutes and the effects are much greater. Cryotherapy will actually improve your skin’s condition over time and will reduce inflammation much quicker than an ice bath.

WHO SHOULDN’T USE WHOLE BODY CRYOTHERAPY?

Although full body Cryotherapy is completely safe, as with any treatments, there are some cases where it is advisable not to undergo the process. It’s advisable not to enter a Cryosauna if you are pregnant, have severe hypertension, arrhythmia, unstable angina pectoris, recent or acute myocardial infarction, a cardiac pacemaker, cardiovascular disease, venous thrombosis, peripheral arterial occlusive disease, recent or highly acute cerebrovascular accident, uncontrollable seizures, a fever, tutor disease, severe anemia, symptomatic lung disorder, a recent infection, cold allergies, are under 18 years old without parental consent, or have an acute kidney or urinary tract disease.

What to Expect From Your First Cryotherapy Treatment

Although Cryotherapy is perfectly safe and extremely good for your health, the idea of entering a chamber at -110°C can be a little daunting. In this post, I will set your mind at ease by walking you through each step you will experience in your very first Cryotherapy treatment.

The very first step on your road to better health and faster recovery is to complete a health screening form. This will make sure there are no underlying health issues which could stop you from being able to proceed with the treatment.

After your form has quickly been assessed, you will proceed to the changing area where you will be given complimentary gloves and slippers to keep your toes and fingers protected. You should also wear a swimsuit or shorts (and sports bra for women) when using the Cryotherapy chambers.

Once you are primed and prepped for your treatment to begin, a fully certified Cryotherapy staff member will give you a rundown of all the benefits, process and safety precautions to follow during your treatment. This allows for an optimal experience and optimum results.

Your skin temperature will then be measured and you can finally proceed to step into the cooling chamber. Once inside the chamber, your assigned Cryotherapy specialist will close the door and begin the process.

There is absolutely no actual freezing involved in a Cryotherapy chamber. Cold, dry air is passed over your body which causes your skin temperature to drop between 30 and 45 degrees. This is where the magic happens, your immune and central nervous systems kick in, and your body begins the process of healing.

The feeling of the cold air moving over your body may feel unusual, but it won’t hurt at all. Unlike ice baths, Cryotherapy uses completely dry air, so it doesn’t cause pain or damage the skin.

During your time in the chamber, there will be a member of staff monitoring the whole process, and the doors of the chamber never lock, so you can step out at any time.

After 2 to 2.5 minutes your treatment will be over, and you can step out of the chamber. At this point the member of staff attending you will record your skin’s temperature again, to better assess your progress and tailor your next treatments to your body’s exact needs.

As soon as you step out of the Cryotherapy chamber your skin will feel cold to the touch and endorphins will be racing around your body by this point. After around 10-15 minutes your body will return to its normal temperature. To speed up this process some clients may be asked to do around 2-3 minutes of light cardio.

Even after you leave the studio, your body will continue to heal and rejuvenate, and you will burn around 500-800 calories throughout the day of your treatment.

Who Uses Cryotherapy?

Cryotherapy is quickly becoming one of the most popular forms of pain and relaxation treatments throughout the celebrity world.

The innovative and somewhat unusual method of using sub-zero temperatures to treat a whole host of physical ailments is now being used all over the world and is giving some outstanding results.

Cryotherapy was originally developed to help star athletes with inflammation, muscle tiredness and even whole body recovery after a long game or sporting event.

World-class NBA athletes such as Kobe Bryant and LeBron James swear by this all-over Cryotherapy method. They regularly use it to elevate inflammation and pain. The undefeated boxing champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. uses Cryotherapy before and after every fight, to assist with faster recovery time and to lower his pain levels.

Cryotherapy can also be used as a localised treatment to treat isolated injuries. This method is commonly used in the lower back, shoulder, ankle or knee. The team of professional dancers on ‘Dancing With The Stars’ and NBA teams like the Phoenix Suns often use this spot therapy version of Cryotherapy to heal more specific injuries.

Recently, celebrities such as Christina Aguilera and renowned speaker Tony Robbins have taken a shine to a few other benefits of Cryotherapy. Tony is said to use this freezing treatment to reduce stress, improve his sleep patterns and to help his body function optimally throughout the day.

Christina Aguilera takes advantage of the amazing full body healing and anti-ageing properties that come with exposure to extreme cold. This popular singer even uses Cryotherapy to facilitate in her workout regimes to help her lose weight and keep her body in fantastic shape.

Can I use Cryotherapy?

Don’t worry, you don’t need to be an A-list celebrity, star athlete or world famous singer to reap the benefits of Cryotherapy.

Anyone looking to improve their nervous system, elevate inflammation or muscle pain, decrease recovery time from an injury, or to increase their central nervous system response to help maintain a healthier body can use Cryotherapy.

It has even been said that the two-minute treatments can help people recover from extreme jet lag, improve sleep disorders and treat abnormal skin disorders, so this fascinating treatment really is for everybody.

If you feel like Cryotherapy could help you, but you’re not quite sure where to start, then send us a message HERE and we will get right back to you with all the information you need.

On the other hand, if you’re ready to jump right in, you can book your first Cryotherapy session with us by following THIS link.

 

Is Cryotherapy Painful?

Is Cryo Painful? would have to the most commonly asked question. Closely followed by another common statement… “I don’t like the cold”.

The short answer is, no. Whole Body Cryotherapy is not painful at all. Though it’s not uncommon for people to feel a sensation in a part of their body that is in pain, inflamed or perhaps sore from a tough training session.

Cryo can sometimes just be uncomfortable. Especially the first session as it’s such a new and unbelievable concept. The toughest part we’ve found here at Polar Bare Club is our clients’ mindset. Especially our clients’ first session. Most of the time the few minutes prior their treatment is worse than the actual treatment itself. (First timers that is, our regulars nail it every time!) Almost always when we start a three minute -150°C treatment, we’re asked: “is this it?!”

Cryotherapy can be such a strange experience to explain. Your hands are covered in warm woolly mitts. You’ve got thick socks on. Gorgeous Ugg slippers on your feet. Your head pops out of the Cryosauna. You talk to your friends or to the Cryotherapist as normal, yet clearly, our body is cold. It truly is such a hard feeling to articulate.

Not everyone has a hard time giving Cryo a try, whilst some may swear and curse at us (with a beaming smile of course) there are a great number of our amazing clients who don’t even flinch – not a bother at all. It’s truly amazing to see the vast effect it has across all our clients.

Does it get easier with every treatment?

The other great thing about Cryotherapy is that, just like anything we start and stick to, our clients are well and truely acclimatised to the cold and it rarely bothers them. This can take up to 3-6 visits generally, from our experience.

We often have a chuckle with our regulars, when reminiscing on how tough they found their first session, to now how easy and fast their sessions are.

More Questions?

If you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to contact us. There is no such thing as a stupid question. We’re only too happy to help answer any questions or concerns you may have.

A first time Cryotherapy treatment

Cryotherapy for Pain Management

We’ve met and treated a variety of clients. From the Elite, well-primed professional athlete, to everyday people looking for the latest trend in weight-loss and improved wellbeing.

BUT – what we never thought we’d see so much of, is desperate people in such chronic and excruciating pain, suffering!

By suffering, I mean frustrating, life-changing, inconvenient “I can’t even walk around the shops” type of suffering. The kind of suffering that not even their Doctor’s or Specialists can diagnose nor treat.

By the time these poor sufferers have walked through our door they’re reluctant but desperate after so many attempts at alternative treatments, to put Cryo to the test.

Success! Pain management sorted!

The best part, aside from meeting these still highly-ambitious and positive people in their desperate quest for pain management, Cryotherapy has worked! Due to the nature of Cold Therapy and the anti-inflammatory effects it has on the body these poor people who have been living in pain, who struggle to walk and do normal day-to-day activities can now walk so much easier and with greatly reduced pain and swelling in their problem areas. Their sleep has now improved as well as their mood (and relationships!)

AND if that isn’t enough, a single session only takes 3 minutes. These people, suffering, in chronic back, leg, shoulder pain come in once a week for 3 minutes and they’re set for the week. Buh-bye pain! Hello life!

More benefits of Cryo can be found here

Don’t believe it? Then go ahead and give it a try? Dare to bare! It only takes 3 minutes and it will CHANGE YOUR LIFE! You can get your first session half price for $44.50 when you sign up to our Newsletter.

Better still…you can contact us if you have any questions regarding Cryotherapy and how Cryo can benefit you.

Cryo for pain management

 

The Health Benefits of Cryotherapy

Cryo, short for cryotherapy, is a state of the art therapy using exposure to low temperatures to stimulate your body’s metabolism, boost your immune system, relieve stress and anxiety and slow down the aging process or simply recover from an intense workout.

Imagine stepping into our personalized facility and top of the line cryogenic chamber for up to 3 minutes whereby a cool mist begins to engulf your body in a refreshing and safe manner.

As the temperature drops, your body starts responding to the cold by sending immune boosting and energy producing nutrients that leave you feeling like you’ve never felt before — renewed, refresh and recovered.

So what are the benefits of Cryotherapy?

With a 3 minute session allowing your body to burn up to 800 calories, Cryotherapy can assist Weight Loss and Fitness. Cryotherapy can also enhance your performance and reduce inflammation, fatigue & muscle soreness.

Cryotherapy is also credited with assisting in Recovery and Health, improving sleep quality, strengthening your immune system and relieving pain instantly and naturally. You will also have Anti Aging & Beauty benefits, including stimulation of collagen production, reducing the appearance of cellulite, and assisting with skin disorders including eczema, acne and psoriasis.

If you would love to see an immediate change in your health, contact Polar Bare Club Cryotherapy today to take advantage of this state of the art technology today.