Full Body Cryotherapy is a cold air session that works by standing inside a cryotherapy chamber for a period of time that lasts two to three minutes. Cold air is blown over the body to stimulate the sympathetic nervous system, causing dramatic peripheral vasoconstriction followed by dramatic vasodilatation.
The Cryosauna uses gasiform nitrogen to lower the skin surface temperature by 30-50 degrees Fahrenheit over a period of two-three minutes. The skin reacts to the cold and sends messages to the brain that acts as a stimulant to the regulatory functions of the body, causing a fight or flight response and adrenaline response. The skin’s exposure to extreme temperatures also triggers the release of anti-inflammatory molecules and endorphins.
During and ice bath, it is simply not possible to achieve the same temperatures and effects when comparing to the dry gaseous cold. An ice bath is generally a painful 12-15 minutes or longer, where, cryotherapy is only a two to three minute completely dry, pain-free session.
Research conducted over the last two decades has established the efficacy of WBC in a wide range of areas. Most research has been focused on pain management and athletic performance. Initially, full body cryotherapy technology was developed in Japan and has been more widely used in eastern Europe for 30 years before more recently having been introduced in the United States.
Olympic and professional athletes from the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, CrossFit, etc. have been using Full Body Cryotherapy in the U.S. since 2011. Initially, these machines were only available in professional athlete training centers and generally not available to the general public. As more and more high-profile athletes and celebrities used cryotherapy, it became more mainstream and more widely used as availability for general use has risen.
The body’s response to cold air from WBC is merely due to the perceived threat that the body is freezing, when, in fact, only skin temperature is affected. WBC stimulates the sympathetic nervous system via alpha-adrenergic receptors (thermoreceptors), causing dramatic peripheral vasoconstriction. This induces adaptive changes correlating with the effects of analgesia (pain relief), reduction of inflammation, and an increase in blood serum markers for tissue repair.
You’re required to dress in protective clothing composed of cotton socks and underwear (which is provided) before entering. You will also be provided with a robe, which you will remove once you are inside the Cryo-chamber and the door is closed. You will be supervised at all times during each session. Only your hands and face are visible to the operator during the procedure, so modesty is preserved at all times. Compared to ice baths, this is a dry cold and is not as painful. This means the treatment is tolerable.
During each session, your body will release endorphins, these are your happy hormones that make you feel good and sometimes energetic. The buoyant effects from each session lasts at least 6-8 hours and increased with the number of treatment sessions. Many clients have expressed that they have the best night of sleep after a cryotherapy session.
Full body cryotherapy is very well tolerated and has minimal risks. Those who are treating for hypertension, small vain disease or who are pregnant, may not be able to be treated using cryotherapy. Blood pressure could fluctuate during the procedure by up to 10 points systolic. This effect reverses after the end of the procedure as peripheral circulation returns to normal but can be stressful on the heart to those with heart conditions. Rare allergic reaction to extreme cold (Reynaud’s disease), anxiety, activation of some viral conditions (cold sores), etc. may also be contraindications to use. Let your doctor know of any concerns or conditions before treatment.
Normatec is a device designed for recovery, rehab post training, delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) and chronic swelling. This device is the leader in rapid recovery and gives an edge to the world’s elite athletes.
Normatec’s founder, a physician bioengineer (MD, Ph.D.), recognized the powerful potential of external dynamic compression and its crucial role in healing and recovery. The concept of using external compression to aid the body with its normal circulatory processes has been around since the 1960s, however, the science of compression had no major technological advances during the first 40 years of its use. After trying every available compression pump on the market with only unimpressive clinical results, NormaTec’s founder realized that the key to advancing the technology of external compression was improving the massage pattern. Thus, NormaTec developed and patented Sequential Pulse Technology, and the NormaTec Recovery System was born.
Sequential Pulse Technology is based on the physiology of the body in the way circulation moves, and it synergistically combines three distinctive massage techniques to speed the body’s normal recovery process.
1. Pulsing: Instead of using static compression (squeezing) to transport fluid out of the limbs, Sequential Pulse Technology uses dynamic compression (pulsing). Our patented pulsing action more effectively mimics the muscle pump of the legs and arms, greatly enhancing the movement of fluid and metabolites out of the limbs after an intense workout.
2. Gradients: Veins and lymphatic vessels have one-way valves that prevent the backflow of fluid. Similarly, Sequential Pulse Technology utilizes gradient hold pressures to keep your body’s fluids from being forced down toward your feet by the pulsing action in proximal zones. Because of this enhancement, Sequential Pulse Technology can deliver maximum pressure throughout the entire limb and the effectiveness of the pulsing action is not diminished near the top of the limb.
3. Distal Release: Because extended static pressure can be detrimental to the body’s normal circulatory flow, Sequential Pulse Technology releases the hold pressures once they are no longer needed to prevent backflow. By releasing the hold pressure in each zone as soon as possible, each portion of the limb gains maximal rest time without a significant pause between compression cycles.
While a healthy athlete’s body eventually will recover from an intense workout, using the Sequential Pulse Technology found only in a NormaTec Recovery System for just 20 minutes can speed recovery.
Cold therapy (cryotherapy) promotes vasoconstriction and reduces blood flow, reduces inflammation and edema (swelling), decreases muscle spasms, decreases metabolic demand, and can help relieve pain without narcotics. Cold therapy can be used immediately following acute injury or surgery and as needed thereafter.
Heat therapy (thermotherapy) promotes vasodilation and increases circulation to the injured area to support the lymphatic system, while reducing pain and stiffness. Heat therapy can be used after the initial inflammatory response caused by an injury or surgery begins to diminish
Contrast therapy (CT) alternately opens and constricts the vascular system, helping to increase blood flow to an injured area without causing the accumulation of additional edema (swelling). CT also helps decrease nerve sensitivity to reduce pain.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is a well-established treatment that assists and improves many body system functions by increasing energy production and metabolism, boosting the immune system, and decreasing inflammation. HBOT works by breathing pure oxygen in a pressurized chamber that is about three times that of normal air pressure. This allows more oxygen to enter the blood stream and is carried throughout the body. The increase in oxygen stimulates growth factors and stem cells to be released in the tissues which is why HBOT is so effective for battling chronic infections and wound healing. It is also highly effective in treating decompression sickness (bubbles of air in the blood stream).
At EnovAte SportsMed we use the Vitaris 320 which is a chamber large enough for a person. It is spacious inside which allows for free movement so that patients feel comfortable and relaxed during treatment. Patients also have the ability to communicate with the healthcare team at all times during their session. Many professional athletes, celebrities, healthcare providers, and people from all walks of life use HBOT and have had stellar results.
· Stimulate the production of body stem cells
· Boost immune system function
· Decrease in swelling and inflammation
· Help rid the body of toxins
· Promote regeneration of injured tissues
· Reduce fatigue from chronic inadequate oxygen supply
· Reduce jet lag related fatigue symptoms
· Successfully treat traumatic and ischemic brain injuries
A full body pod with thermal active energy gives a rejuvenating and relaxing experience for the mind, body, and spirit. Diving deep into the skin and using lower temperatures than a traditional sauna, infrared saunas utilize light and heat to produce sweat and free your body of its stagnant toxins.
When you go through this detoxification, you will feel your body relax as it works to address fatigue, start to increase endurance, decrease inflammation, encourage weight loss, and treat pain associated with fibromyalgia, arthritis, or any other pain source. You can use these versatile saunas any time you wish by becoming a member today!
Cupping therapy is an ancient form of alternative medicine that involves a therapist placing special cups on your skin for a few minutes to create suction. The suction facilitates healing with blood flow, as well as the flow of “qi” in the body. Qi is a Chinese word meaning life force. Cupping therapy is done for many purposes, including to help with pain, inflammation, blood flow, relaxation and well-being. It is also used as a type of deep-tissue massage.
Cupping increases blood circulation to the area where the cups are placed. This can relieve muscle tension which can improve overall blood flow and promote cell repair. It can also help form new connective tissues and create new blood vessels in the tissue. Many individuals use cupping to complement their care for a host of ailments and conditions.