What Does a Cryotherapy Chamber Do?
Cryotherapy is when low temperature is used in medical therapy. A cryotherapy chamber is essentially a body-sized chamber where liquid nitrogen is sprayed into the air to bring skin temperature down to below –200 degrees Fahrenheit.
Even though liquid nitrogen is being used, the patient is never in direct contact with it. During your time in the chamber, your body basically goes into survival mode. Thermoreceptors in your skin send signals to your brain which then send blood to the core of your body to maintain a process called vasoconstriction. Toxins get flushed from your peripheral tissues and blood is then enriched with oxygen, enzymes, and nutrients. Your body then activates all its natural healing abilities.
After you get out of the chamber and your body begins to warm up again the enriched blood flows back throughout your body through a different process called vasodilation. As a result, cryotherapy is extremely effective for athletic recovery and muscle repair, reduction of chronic pain and inflammation on top of an overall enhancement of health and wellness.
The kind of healing the chamber will give you varies from patient to patient. Other benefits of cryotherapy include –
- Potential Immune System Boost – the rapid exposure to extreme cold triggers the hypothalamus to turn on an anti-inflammatory process within the body.
- Increased energy – due to your reaction to the cold, catecholamines (adrenaline & noradrenaline) along with other neurochemicals are released. These neurochemicals being released are associated with euphoria which is why you feel more energized afterward.
- Faster metabolism – studies have shown a person can burn up to 800 calories after just 3 minutes in the chamber and can increase their metabolism rate by 300%.
- Collagen boost – cryotherapy treatments can help reduce wrinkles and the appearance of cellulite in some patients by rejuvenating the collagen matrix.
Overall, cryotherapy does a plethora of amazing things for your health. At K2 Cryospa in San Antonio, our cryotherapy chamber can provide patients with numerous benefits. Contact us to discuss more about our Cryotherapy Chamber!