Written for The Healthy Planet by TJ Williams, DC, PhD
Whole Body CryoTherapy is the use of a brief and intense exposure to cold that triggers the body’s natural healing process. Originally developed to treat inflammation caused by rheumatoid arthritis, it has been found to provide a wide range of benefits including sports recovery, improved resistance to stress, pain relief and more. The results are dramatically quick and long-lasting. With regular use many have experienced the permanent resolution of chronic issues. Whole Body CryoTherapy immediately improves blood circulation ensuring adequate delivery of oxygen and nutrients to bodily tissues while improving the body’s natural ability to eliminate toxins. The skin reacts to the cold and sends messages to the brain stimulating the regulatory functions of the body. Other benefits of CryoTherapy include:
Anti-Aging. By briefly freezing the outer layer of skin throughout the entire body the deep layers of collagen are disrupted and respond by creating more collagen. As a result the skin regains elasticity and appears both younger and smoother. Those who are experiencing cellulite have also reported a clear visual improvement as a result of the treatments.
Anti-Inflammatory. Applying cold therapy to inflamed or swollen parts of the body has been a tried and true practice for centuries. The cooling effects of CryoTherapy takes icing to the next level. The body’s temperature is brought to a much colder level and only needs to be reduced for a short period of time to feel the effects. An ice bath is to Whole Body CryoTherapy what a nap is to a full night’s sleep.
Weight Loss. Successful permanent weight loss only results with an increase in metabolism. With Whole Body CryoTherapy, the outer layer of the skin’s temperature is reduced to between 41ºF and 50ºF. Your body responds to the cold by increasing your metabolism to literally warm you up. This increased metabolism results in you burning more calories. Repeated exposure in our CryoTherapy chamber results in an elevated metabolism 24/7. Translation: you are burning MORE calories each and every day.
Muscle and Joint Repair. When you place force against a muscle you create microscopic tears which then must repair. By utilizing Whole Body CryoTherapy you work out more effectively by healing your muscles at a faster rate. Less soreness = more productive workouts = enhanced results!
Fighting Depression. There have been numerous studies that show that Whole Body CryoTherapy is beneficial to those who suffer from depression anxiety or both. The reason for this response is attributed to hormonal benefits that occur as a result of just 2-3 minutes in the CryoTherapy chamber. Clients report feeling an improvement in mood a deeper sense of relaxation and euphoria.
If you would like more information on Whole Body CryoTherapy or are interested in trying it for yourself please contact us at 314-293-8123 or visit us at the inhstl.com. Dr. TJ Williams is the Clinic Director for the Institute of Natural Health and the host of the radio program Wellness 101 which provides common-sense science-based strategies for a healthy life. Wellness 101 airs Sundays at 3:00pm on FM NewsTalk 97.1.