Whole Body Vs Spot Cryotherapy – What’s The Difference?

Both Whole Body Cryotherapy and Localised or Spot Cryotherapy work by administering vaporised nitrogen air over the body, in order to lower the skin’s surface temperature. This process is perfectly safe and much more comfortable than an ice bath or other similar ‘cold therapy’ treatments. Cryotherapy reduces pain, swelling and inflammation, and can even have some anti-ageing and weight loss benefits.

The two main types of Cryotherapy are Whole Body and Spot. Both treatment types work to relieve pain and promote healing after an injury or surgery, the type you choose will depend on your final health goal.

Whole Body Cryotherapy

This was the first type of Cryotherapy to be invented and has been used in countries such as Japan and Russia since the 1970s. Whole Body Cryotherapy requires an individual to enter a CryoChamber, where below freezing nitrogen vapour is passed over the surface of the skin.

Unlike Spot Cryotherapy, which only results in a localised response to the cold, Whole Body Cryotherapy stimulates an internal systemic response. Your body begins pushing extra blood and nutrients to your skin’s surface and organs, and begins releasing the feel-good hormones endorphins. This process results in an all-over boost of energy and reduces any pain or swelling you may be experiencing throughout your entire body.

The entire Whole Body Cryotherapy treatment lasts for 2-3 minutes, so the client will leave quickly, feeling refreshed and athletes will be ready to take on the next level of training or sporting event. Celebrities also use Whole Body Cryotherapy as it gives their skin a certain kind of ethereal glow, and can increase your metabolism, leaving you to burn an extra 500-800 calories following your treatment.

Whole Body Cryotherapy can treat underlying issues such as rheumatoid arthritis, insomnia, chronic fatigue, chronic pain and weak immune system. This treatment can also help with skin issues such as cellulite, blemishes and dermatitis.

Spot Cryotherapy

Unlike its counterpart, Spot or Localised Cryotherapy focuses solely on one area of the body. A CryoWand is used to pass a concentrates stream of vaporised nitrogen air over the selected area, unlike Whole Body Cryotherapy which uses a large full body chamber. Many people report Whole Body Cryotherapy to be an exhilarating and refreshing experience, while they describe Spot Cryotherapy as a more relaxing and soothing process.

As Spot Cryotherapy can treat very specific areas of the skin, it’s usually used for promoting healing and decreasing inflammation of an isolated injury or after surgery. Spot Cryotherapy can minimise pain, promote healing, reduce swelling and inflammation, and promote cell production in a selected area of the body.

The treatment process of Spot Cryotherapy takes longer than Whole Body, as one session will last between 5-10 minutes depending on the amount of pain and location on the body. Because of this, Spot Cryotherapy is much quicker at treating acute pain and swelling of a specific injury than Whole Body Cryotherapy. After just one treatment, swelling can be dramatically reduced, severe headaches can be alleviated, and even the appearance of small lines and wrinkles on the face appear reduced.

Another benefit of Spot Cryotherapy is that it can work out much cheaper than Whole Body Cryotherapy. As Spot Cryotherapy focuses on one point of the body, you may need fewer sessions to heal the problem area than with Whole Body Cryotherapy, which can save you money in the long run.

No matter which Cryotherapy treatment you choose, the benefits of both Whole Body Cryotherapy and Spot Cryotherapy can’t be denied or replicated. If you’d like to book your Cryotherapy treatment click HERE to get started. 

What Are The Advantages of Localised Cryotherapy?

One of the oldest tricks in the book when you have aches and pains is to put ice on it. Everyone from star athletes to high school football players knows that the cold helps reduce swelling and ease the pain. However, the application of ice can have some adverse effects, including skin damage.

Since the development of Cryotherapy, things have moved on pretty rapidly in the physiotherapy, and we can now pin point and treat the affected area without any damage. Localised Cryotherapy also treats injuries much more deeply and effectively than ice pack compression or ice bath treatments.

What can be treated with Localised Cryotherapy?

Localised Cryotherapy utilises a hand-held or portable device that transforms liquid nitrogen into cryogenic nitrogen gas, which is then focused on the desired area. The application of this below zero gas reduces nerve activity, resulting in reduced pain, swelling and inflammation.

Common ailments that Localised Cryotherapy has been proven to help are:

  • Post Surgery swelling and inflammation
  • Joint Pain
  • Arthritis
  • lower back pain and spasms
  • Tendonitis
  • Sprains

Why choose Localised Cryotherapy?

Whole body Cryotherapy, while being the best way to reduce muscle fatigue and trigger the anti-inflammatory response throughout the whole body, isn’t the best option if you have one specific problem area. For example, if you’ve just had surgery and wish to reduce the pain and swelling from that specific area, Localised Cryotherapy can target that area alone, giving much quicker and more efficient results than whole body Cryotherapy.

Because Localised Cryotherapy is extremely targeted, it means that the cryogenic nitrogen gas can be applied for longer (5 to 10 minutes), allowing the cold to penetrate deeper into the tissue. This process allows the tissues and nerves to be stimulated for longer and leads to much more effective results in a shorter time.

Both whole body and localised Cryotherapy are being developed at an outstanding rate, with the quick, long-lasting and extremely effective results grabbing the attention of physiotherapists all over the world.

At Polarbare Club, our professional and certified staff now offer Cryo Spot, a Localised Cryotherapy treatment proven to reduce pain, inflammation, and swelling in targeted areas.

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