Whole Body Cryotherapy(WBC)
One the most unique and cutting edge recovery tools on the market!
More and more people are using WBC to expedite their recovery, manage fatigue, muscle soreness and inflammation. I have used it with a variety of patients, and I have seen it benefit both folks with chronic conditions such as fibromyalgia, arthritis and degenerative joint pain, as well as folks looking to bounce back after a tough week of workouts. It can be an effective alternative, or in many cases, complimentary to more traditional modalities of pain management!
WBC treatments are administered individually via a CryoSauna. Each individual starts with a two minute session. In subsequent sessions, the time is extended with the maximum treatment time being three minutes. The cryosauna uses gasiform nitrogen to rapidly lower the skin’s top layer to 32°F while cabin temperature drops to a range of (minus) -220°F to -274°F. During the two to three minutes of extreme cold, the brain stimulates the body’s organ regulatory functions resulting in energy increase, cell rejuvenation, immune system boost, and overall system self-healing.
The most elementary way of explaining this is that your brain thinks you are going into hyperthermia; it pulls the blood from your extremities and shunts it to your core to protect the vital organs. During that time, the blood is circulating through your heart at an accelerated pace, picking up nourishment and being re-oxygenated. When the session is over your brain realizes that you are going to be ok, pulls out of survival mode and pushes the healthy, enriched blood to the rest of the body. This is where the healing begins!
Some of the benefits of this treatment include:
– Decreases Muscle Soreness, Pain, Inflammation, and Fatigue
– Reduces Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS)
– Decreases Injury Recovery Time
– Improves Muscle Strength, Joint Function, and Immune System
– Increases Energy and Peak Athletic Performance
– Boosts Lymph Draining and Blood Circulation
– Allows for Immediate Post-Therapy Sports Activity and Overall Faster Return to Sports Training
There are only a few conditions that prevent patients from doing whole body cryotherapy: Pregnancy, Raynaud’s syndrome, severe hypertension (BP > 180/100), acute or recent myocardial infarction (heart attack: need to be cleared for exercise), arrhythmia, symptomatic cardiovascular disease, cardiac pacemaker, uncontrolled seizures, and age less than 18 years (parental consent required).
Whole Body Cryotherapy is just one of many tools we use at Athlos to manage the recovery process, but it is one that has tremendous benefit when you are trying to ensure that your body operates efficiently. I am a tremendous advocate but also a cautious consumer… I needed to feel it and research it to ensure I felt like it was a good addition to my practice. I now see the benefits every day in my patient base! It will undoubtedly continue to be a big part of my practice, and I am excited to share it with others. There are some very conclusive research studies about the musculoskeletal and inflammatory benefits of WBC, and if you are interested you can learn more at cryousasoltions.com or if you have questions feel free to call 402-334-9379 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. There is also a great piece by Dr. Oz on the benefits of cryotherapy at http://www.doctoroz.com/episode/cold-therapy-does-it-work-oz-tests-it-out.
How much does it cost?
For anyone interested in trying it, the initial session at Athlos is $25.00. For FitFarm members, all follow up sessions are $30.00 – significantly less than the average cryo session in Omaha!
Come try it out and feel the benefits for yourself!
My name is Steve Stonebraker, and I am a D.C. and the owner of Athlos Chiropractic and Recovery located at 13227 B St. I opened Athlos in July, and my vision was to create a comprehensive recovery center that would provide evidenced based, full body recovery tools to the Omaha community. Through my experiences as a Chiro, I have found that the patients who invest in proactively managing their bodies through active recovery experience fewer injuries and respond better to care when injured. For many, this is a forgotten phase of exercise. Our goal is to make recovery cool (literally with cryotherapy)!!