What is whole body cryotherapy?
Whole body cryotherapy is the stimulating use of extremely low temperatures below - 80 degrees C. The pod works by cooling the entire skin surface of the body in order to develop defensive reflexes and reactions such as stimulation of blood circulation, the immune system and the central nervous system.
What happens during a treatment session?
The patient enters the pod in a bathing suit/shorts and t-shirt and is supplied with socks, gloves, mouth and ear protection. During the treatment the skin temperature never drops lower than 5 degrees c, however the core temperature remains unchanged. The treatment triggers the release of endorphins and therefore induces natural pain relief in the body. The immediate effect of skin cooling and pain relief lasts for a few minutes; however the release of endorphins can reduce pain and inflammation in patients for weeks, allowing for more frequent and effective treatment.
What are the benefits of whole body cryotherapy?
It can benefit a wide range of medical conditions including rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, tendonitis, muscle and ligament strains, back and neck pain, and there are even reports it can help with depression and anxiety and skin complaints including psoriasis and eczema.
The treatment is increasingly used by elite athletes around the world. The Welsh Rugby Team use WBC at the Olympic training facility in Poland as a key part of their pre-season training. Most recently, their incredible levels of fitness and subsequent performance at the Rugby World Cup, was attributed to the intensive use of WBC.