What is Cryotherapy?
Cryotherapy, sometimes known as cold therapy, is the local or general use of low temperatures in medical therapy. Cryotherapy may be used to treat a variety of tissue lesions.
Cryotherapy is used in an effort to relieve muscle pain, sprains and swelling after soft tissue damage or surgery. It can be a range of treatments from the application of ice packs or immersion in ice baths (generally known as cold therapy), to the use of cold chambers. While cryotherapy is widely used, there is little evidence as to its efficacy that has been replicated or shown in large controlled studies. Its long term side effects have also not been studied.
Whole Body Cryotherapy
This treatment involves exposing individuals to extremely cold dry air (below −100 °C) for two to four minutes. To achieve the subzero temperatures required for WBC (whole body cryotherapy), two methods are typically used: liquid nitrogen and refrigerated cold air. During these exposures, individuals wear minimal clothing, which usually consists of shorts for males, and shorts and a crop top for females. Gloves, a woollen headband covering the ears, and a nose and mouth mask, in addition to dry shoes and socks, are commonly worn to reduce the risk of cold-related injury. The first WBC chamber was built in Japan in the late 1970s, introduced to Europe in the 1980s, and has been used in the US and Australia in the past decade.
Benefits of Cryotherapy
The main change in the body caused by whole body cryotherapy is the reduction of tissue temperature . The change in tissue temperature also causes a reduced core body temperature. This shock leads to an activation of the autonomic nervous system. This is characterized by rising norepinephrine levels, increased blood pressure, and heart rate variability [6, 7]. When the human body is exposed to extremely cold temperatures, the blood vessels are constricted and reduce blood flow to the areas of inflammation. Once outside of the cryogenic chamber, the vessels expand, and an increased presence of anti-inflammatory proteins (IL-10) are found in the blood [8, 9]. Two literature reviews on whole body cryotherapy support the claims that the induced cooling of body temperatures can help reduce pain, inflammation, and improve recovery [10, 11].
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At reGEN we use the top of the line cryotherapy equipment; We offer spot or localized cryotherapy to focus on specific areas of the body, or we offer whole body cryotherapy that is done by entering a cryotherapy chamber from the neck down.
NORMATEC What is Normatec
reGEN does NormaTec compression therapy, some people refer to this as sleeves or boots.
We offer Legs, Arms, and/or Hips which you can choose from when you do a session with us.
Benefits of Normatec
Enhances blood flow and speeds up recovery
NormaTec patented Pulse massage pattern which includes three key techniques: Pulsing, Distal Release, and Gradients.
High -Tech warmup and a Dynamic way to recover faster
Helps integrate your recovery session seamlessly into your training plan.
Patented Pulse Technology
Flushes out soreness and bring oxygenated blood to the part of the body furthest from the heart.
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