What is Whole Body Cryotherapy?
Whole Body Cryotherapy (WBC) uses liquid nitrogen to expose the body to ultra-low temperatures (about -240° F). By doing so, it has been shown to reduce inflammation, promote anti-aging, help boost metabolism, and enhance mood. Unlike traditional ice baths that require painful submersion in ice water for about 15 minutes, WBC sessions are painless, more effective and last a maximum of three minutes.
Origins of Whole Body Cryotherapy
Whole body cryotherapy was first developed in Japan around 1978. It was developed to treat rheumatoid arthritis and multiple scleroses. WBC is still used in Japan, throughout Europe, and has been increasingly growing in the United States over the last decade. In the United States, it became popular among professional athletes ever since the 2011 NBA champions, the Dallas Mavericks, credited WBC treatments with helping them win their first league championship.
Benefits of Whole Body Cryotherapy
Promotes rapid healing
Helps minimize pain
Promotes muscle and joint health
Promotes increased production of collagen which helps skin regain elasticity
The body responds to the cold by boosting metabolism
The body burns calories in an effort to warm itself
Hormonal benefits caused by therapy (increased endorphins) can help improve mood
Can help those who suffer from depression, anxiety, or both