A local Cryotherapy session lasts for about 3 minutes where the affected area is treated to nitrogen vapour of up to -160 ˚C and the skin temperature is brought down to about 4 ˚C. This tricks the body into “fight or flight mode”; the body is not actually in hypothermia but the brain thinks that it is. The treated area compensates by heating itself through speeding up cellular metabolism, releases enhanced levels of endorphins and drastically increasing blood flow, which in turn accelerates your body’s own natural healing.
Our treatments are ideal for injuries older than 72 hours as it offers a powerful stimulating effect. Research has shown that Cryotherapy can reduce recovery time by up to 50%.
Sport Performance & Recovery
Through Cryotherapy sports performance is enhanced by increased energy and the natural endorphin “high”, along with reduced perception of symptomatic pain. Muscle and tissue repair is enhanced by reduced inflammation from highly enriched, oxygenated blood, improved blood circulation and lymphatic detoxification. Recovery from injury occurs more quickly in the anti-inflammatory and enhanced-blood-flow environment and DOMS is significantly reduced.
Cryotherapy effectively treats pain and improves overall wellness through three mechanisms:
1) Cryotherapy reduces local and systemic inflammation, a major source of pain and health problems.
2) Cryotherapy triggers the release of analgesic (pain-relieving) endorphins.
3) Cold sensors in the skin travel to the brain faster than pain sensors thus “closing the gate” to the feeling of pain. Longer term use has been shown to adapt how the body perceives pain stimuli, offering benefits in chronic pain management.