What is Cryotherapy?
Whole body cryotherapy was originally developed in Japan in 1978, and the benefits have been studied and refined in Europe since that time. Synergy uses a Cryosauna machine that uses liquid nitrogen to lower the client’s exterior skin surface from room temperature to 30-35°F (with -202°F on surface of their skin) in 60 seconds or less and keeps it that way for up to 2.5 minutes.
How Does It Work?
A person’s skin temperature initially drops to 32°F before rising to 95°F for 30-45 seconds (normal skin temperature is 90.5°) and then goes down to normal. This phenomena results in en energy boost and skin rejuvenation. That effect lasts from 1 1/2 to 3 hours. When the client’s exterior skin surface is cooled to these levels, the immune system is stimulated, and every organ in the body is affected positively. The biochemical processes that occur at this time consume a great quantity of energy. It is believed that this process is responsible for fat loss reported by many users.
What Is Happening To My Body During Treatment?
The outer skin is briefly ‘frozen’, activating increased production of collagen in deeper layers of the skin (similar to lasers treatments of the face, where very hot temperatures are used). The skin regains elasticity and becomes smoother and even-toned, significantly improving conditions such as cellulite and skin aging. Skin vessels and capillaries undergo severe vasoconstriction (to keep the core temperature from dropping), followed by vasodilation after the procedure. Toxins and other stored deposits are flushed out of the layers of the skin and blood perfusion is improved after several treatments. The anti-inflammatory properties of cryotherapy are also used to treat chronic skin conditions such as psoriasis and dermatitis.
The extreme cold exposure causes to the body to turn up its metabolic rate in order to produce heat. This effect lasts for 5-8 hours after the procedure, causing the body to ‘burn’ 500 – 800 Kcal over the hours following the procedure. After several procedures, the increase in metabolic rate tends to last longer between treatments. Another ‘survival reaction’ to the extreme temperatures is the release of endorphins (hormones) that have analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties, and improve mood disorders. Cryotherapy has been studied for the successful treatment of medication resistant depressive disorders. Patients furthermore experience a noticeable increase in libido, lending to the use of cryotherapy for ED and other sexual disorders.
The anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties of cryotherapy can drastically improve joint disorders such as rheumatoid- and osteoarthritis. Athletes are using whole body cryotherapy to recover from injuries and improve their performance.
Cryotherapy improves the function of the immune system and decreases stress levels