Cryotherapy Explained

Cryotherapy is the application of low temperatures to the whole body or specific areas of the body resulting in a response by the body to this stimulus, more correctly we could call this process ‘cryostimulation’. Low temperatures are achieved by using Liquid Nirtogen vapour. The release of the vapour is regulated by the ‘Cryo-Penguin’ and is applied to a specific area by our trained therapist. The body temperature of the treated area drops. As the vapour is applied in a circular motion and is not targeted for any length of time on one spot, no freezing occurs. The sensation is one of cold, this is monitored and regulated by our therapist.

The use of low temperature in the healing process or pain management has been around for centuries. Use of ‘ice packs’ or ‘cold showers’ have been shown to have beneficial effects on the body. Cryotherapy elicits the same effects but as the temperatures achieved are much lower than other forms of treatment and can be more target specific, results are seen quicker over a shorter period of time. As the use of cryotherapy becomes more common the list of conditions cryotherapy can treat is expanding. Over the last 25 years the procedure has been used in Europe for the treatment of arthritic conditions. In Poland the treatment is part of their State Health System. The science behind pain management and recovery is well documented. The application of low temperature around the treated area causes the blood vessels to constrict, the bodys’ reaction in preserving heat for the core of the body. Once treatment stops, the blood comes rushing back to the area bringing oxygen, nutrients and pain relieving chemicals, endorphins. Toxins and anti-inflammatory agents are ‘washed’ away enabling speedier recovery and painrelief. We are happy to provide scientific papers that go into more detail surrounding the processes involved.

Low temperatures are also beneficial in the removal of cellulite. The effect of ‘cold’ on fatty acids was first noticed with young children sucking on an icelolly. It was noticed that the cold and suction effect caused the cheeks of children to flush red and dimples to form, where none had existed before. To control body temperature the body presents with shivering and non-shivering responses. The non-shivering response causes cellulite loss. On further investigation it was found that the body consists of two types of fat cells, white adipose tissue and brown adipose tissue (BAT). Young babies/children have a greater concentration of BAT, which are the good fat cells. The effect of cold is to stimulate these cells to generate heat/energy. This is achieved by ‘burning’ fat stores from the white fat cells, hence ‘destroying and reducing‘ those cells. The net effect is to lose cellulite from the body. Unfortunately as we get older the number of BAT cells decreases. Once again the scientific analysis is more detailed and we would be happy to share this with you. This principle is used in our ‘inch loss’ procedures, however this must not be confused with cryoliposis, as no suction is involved and temperatures achieved with cryotherapy are much lower. The chosen area, abdomen/arms/thighs or bottom, is cooled using the CroPenguin. The body reacts to the low temperature and begins the non-shivering process. Brown adipose tissue levels increase breaking down cellulite.

Once treatment is complete a change in body shape can be detected. It is recommended that most clients initially have 4-6 treatments thereafter once or twice a month. During each session 500-800 calories are burnt, this is your BAT burning ‘fat’ to keep your body warm. The effect of cryotherapy is to kick start the body into burning cellulite, it has been reported that cryotherapy triggers an on-going increase in brown adipose tissue (BAT). Cryotherapy has shown great results in treating many conditions. The list may seem exhaustive, however many of these conditions are linked, the body response to low temperature has produced beneficial results for our clients.

About Cryotherapy

Local cryotherapy applications are used to reduce pain, inflammation, and swelling in targeted areas. Unlike Whole Body Cryotherapy, which stimulates cold receptors all over the body in order to trigger an internal systemic anti-inflammatory response, local cryotherapy is comparable to “icing”, although much more powerful and efficient based on our experience. Clients frequently combine this application with Whole Body Cryotherapy, to treat problem areas both from the “inside out” as well as from the “outside in”. As temperatures as low as -150 degrees Celsius (-240 degrees Fahrenheit) can be reached by our devices, a local area treatment only needs to be conducted for about 5-10 minutes, with a benefit exceeding that of hours of icing according to our clients.

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