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. 

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.

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