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Cryotherapy is the therapeutic use of cold. If you’ve ever used an ice-pack, you’ve done cryotherapy. At Seacoast Cryotherapy you can experience whole-body cryotherapy in our state-of-the-art cryochamber. Whole-body cryotherapy is the brief and intense exposure to cold, with the intention of triggering the body’s natural healing process. Whole-body cryotherapy machines were invented in Japan in the 1970s as a treatment for arthritis, quickly gained popularity, and are now widely used in many countries and across the US.
Everyone can benefit from whole-body cryotherapy
This short, but effective treatment reduces inflammation and releases endorphins that help alleviate pain, boost energy and metabolism, and increase the body’s natural healing abilities.
From the elite athlete in training, the weekend warrior wanting recovery, the post-op patient supplementing PT, to the person in chronic pain looking for an alternative form of relief. Come experience cryotherapy and see how it helps you.
Whole-body cryotherapy sessions at Seacoast Cryotherapy involve entering a cryochamber where you are exposed to breathable air that is chilled to an average temperature of -120°F. The cold significantly lowers the skin’s temperature in a quick, two to four- minute session, which activates the nervous system and causes the blood vessels to constrict, effectively shutting down the inflammation process. Blood is sent to the body’s core where it is re-oxygenated and enriched. The endocrine system also reacts and releases hormones to be carried by the bloodstream.
When you step out of the cryochamber, this freshly oxygenated blood flushes out to the rest of the body, carrying hormones back out to the entire body. This process provides for a rush of endorphins, promoting a feeling of well-being and positivity. Every body’s reaction is unique and the results impact everyone differently. Whole-body cryotherapy is not considered a medical procedure and research is still emerging about this type of cold therapy. While the benefits of cold therapy and cold thermogenesis are well-supported, we don’t know yet how whole-body cryotherapy compares or if it has the same long-term benefits, though the anecdotal evidence and initial studies are promising. Like most things in life, whole-body cryotherapy carries risks if done incorrectly, but may have many benefits when done correctly.
Recent or old soft-tissue injuries
Muscle sprains or tears
Inflammation of tendons
Inflammation of the bursa (bursitis)
Epicondylitis (tennis elbow)
Carpal tunnel syndrome
Tarsal tunnel syndrome
Chronic pain syndromes
Headaches and some migraines
Muscle soreness, pain
Exercise-induced muscle fatigue
Sleeplessness or sleep disorders
“Whole-body cryotherapy has helped hundreds of thousands of people feel better faster and naturally. Cold-shock can stimulate the body into repair mode through enhanced circulation and the release of several key hormones and proteins. In years to come, the use of cryotherapy will be accepted as commonplace as the practice of exercise, yoga and good nutrition are for the body.”
Whole-body cryotherapy treatment process:
What to wear and how to prepare before entering the chamber.
Prior to chamber entry, we will give you necessary protective wear. We recommend minimal clothing, and you can wear whatever you’re comfortable in, as long as there’s no metal. You must be completely dry to prevent frostbite. We measure and record every treatment session with start and exit temperatures so we can adjust treatment exposure times as we know BMI and vascularity as well as size and other factors play a role in skin temperature drops. A certified staff member will give you a full explanation of the process, and safety instructions to ensure an optimal experience.
INSIDE THE CHAMBER
What to do and what’s happening during treatment in the chamber.
The air in the chamber is dry, breathable air. Due to the lack of moisture (humidity) or wind chill, it is not painful like an ice bath. You can breathe and move normally in the chamber. During the treatment, your skin temperature will decrease between 30-45 degrees over the 2.5 to 5 minutes inside the chamber. All first-time clients start at 2.5 minutes. Our staff will continuously monitor you through the chamber door. The chamber doors can’t lock, so if you feel uncomfortable, you can easily exit at any time. If you are intimidated by going in alone, a staff member is always available to go in with you.
EXITING THE CHAMBER
How you’ll feel and what to do after you leave the chamber.
When you step out of the chamber, you may feel exhilarated or energized. Our staff will record your skin temperature and discuss results. You will immediately start to warm after exiting the chamber, with full range of motion in your muscles and joints, unlike water or ice treatments, where the joints remain stiff. Once you are fully warmed up (typically 5-10 minutes), you are ready for any additional treatments. We recommend you drink more water than usual for the next 24-48 hours.