Cryotherapy

Cryotherapy

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Whole Body Cryotherapy in Boise

For decades, Europeans have assisted in healing their bodies with Whole Body Cryotherapy. At Active Health & Wellness, we are happy to bring you this innovative treatment, designed to support your body’s natural and unique ability to heal.
Inside the CryoSauna chamber, you are gently sprayed with a mist of Nitrogen. The Nitrogen is safe and non-toxic and makes up 80% of our natural atmosphere. This dry mist gently chills the skin while leaving your core warm, thus stimulating your body’s natural healing process.

RESEACH AND VIDEOS

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WHOLE BODY CRYOTHERAPY RESEARCH

Some of the Physiological and Psychological changes (including blood changes) with Whole Body Cryotherapy as evident in research studies

 

* Decrease in histamines in RA patients

 

* Decrease in total oxidative stress in MS patients, especially depressed patients

 

* Depressive symptoms significantly lowered using the 21-item Hamilton Depression Rating Scale (HDRS)

 

* LDL cholesterol decrease with HDL increase with 10 sessions of WBC

 

* Increase in parasympathetic tone using heart rate variability (HRV) similar to that seen with exercise

 

* WBC induced an increase in the activity of superoxide dismutase (SOD) by 36% and glutathione peroxidase by 68%

 

* Increase in maximum anaerobic power in males with 10 sessions of WBC

 

* Significantly reduced the severity of depressive and anxiety symptoms and increased the life satisfaction

 

* Significant improvements in spinal mobility in patients with AS

 

* Pain and disease activity scores decreased significantly, and, subsequently, also the functional scores showed a significant amelioration. Furthermore, there was a significant reduction in TNF-alpha (p < 0.01) and IL-1 (p < 0.05)

 

* For patients with rheumatoid arthritis, DAS28 (Disease Activity Score) and VAS (visual analog scale) were determined. A significant reduction of both parameters was found (DAS 3.9 +/- 1.22 vs. 3.4 +/- 1.08; p < 0.01; VAS 51.4 +/- 16.62 vs. 37.9 +/- 19.13; p < 0.01). BASDAI (Bath Ankylosing Spondylitis Disease Activity Index) was analyzed for patients with ankylosing spondylitis, and also showed a significant reduction (4.4 +/- 1.91 vs. 3.1 +/- 1.34; p = 0.01) Improvement for RA and AS patients.

 

* Significant decrease in depressive and anxiety disorders compared to control groups after 3 weeks of WBC

 

* Immediately after WBC, apart from the well-known analgesic effect, we detect changes in patients’ mental state such as improvement of mood, deep relaxation, freshening up, consolation, euphoria. This unusual state lasts for a long time after ending the cycle of cryotherapy

 

* After completing a total of ten whole-body therapy sessions a significant increase in WBC count, especially lymphocytes and monocytes was noted. There was an increase in level of IL6 after first and the last cryostimulation the most pronounced after tenth session. On the contrary the TAS level decreased significant after the treatment. It was concluded that repeated expositions to extremely low temperatures use in cryostimulation have mobilization effect on immunological system.

 

* Cryotherapy reduces pain and swellings, causes skeletal muscles relaxation and increase of their force, also, motion range in treated joints increases. Thus, cryotherapy seems to fulfill all necessary conditions for rehabilitation in osteoporosis

 

* WBC was effective in reducing the inflammatory process. Both the decrease in cytokines activity pro-inflammatory, and increase in cytokines anti-inflammatory.

 

* After 10 exposures of WBCT Melatonin statistically significant increased activity of SOD and CAT in erythrocytes of MS patients treated with WBCT. Results of our study indicate significant increase of TAS level in plasma of MS patients of WBCT treatment

 

* The analysis of results showed that in response to WBC, the level of anti-inflammatory cytokines IL-6 and IL-10 increased while Il-1α cytokine level decreased. It seems that the most advantageous sequence was the series of 20 WBC due to the longest lasting effects of stimulation after the completion of the whole series of treatments

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F A Q

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Do You Have Any Question?

Question: Who developed the cryotherapy technology?

Answer: Whole body cryotherapy was originally developed in Japan in 1978, and the benefits have been studied and refined in Europe since that time.

Question: Has cryotherapy been tested?

Answer: Researchers in Europe have been developing and refining cryotherapy for more than two decades.

Question: How does cryotherapy work?

Answer: The Cryosauna uses gasiform nitrogen to lower the client’s skin surface temperature from normal body temperature to 30 degrees Fahrenheit in 30 seconds or less and keeps it that way for two-three minutes. The skin reacts to the cold and sends messages to the brain that acts as a stimulant to the regulatory functions of the body. It produces the scanning of all areas that may not be working to their fullest potential.

Question: Is nitrogen dangerous to human beings?

Answer: No, it isn’t. Nitrogen is a non-toxic gas. The air that we breathe is made up of 16% Oxygen, 1% Hydrogen, 78% Nitrogen and 5% of other components.

Question: Is it comfortable?

Answer: Before entering the Cryosauna, clients are required to dress in protective clothing composed of cotton socks and cotton underwear (for men). You will also be provided with a bathrobe, which you will remove once you are inside the cryochamber and the door is closed. Only your hands and face are visible to the operator during the procedure, so modesty is preserved at all times.

Question: How do I feel after I finish a treatment?

Answer: During each session the body releases endorphines, which are hormones that make you feel good and energetic. The buoyant effects from each session last at least six – eight hours.

Question: How many treatments should I take to achieve optimal results?

Answer: If simply wanting to heal and recover faster following an injury one session may be enough. Before doing any sessions, you will have any evaluation and be recommended the best course of care for your specific condition. Depending on the condition, you may initially take 6 – 10 treatments in close succession (separated by 1-2 days – e.g. 3x/week) to maximize your results. After that you can take fewer treatment spaced further apart to maintain and improve on your results (e.g. once every week or two weeks).

Question: Can I catch a cold because of this procedure?

Answer: No. The immediate cold impact of the cryosession will raise the internal body temperature for a short period of time. The stimulation of the immune system can help decrease the severity and frequency of future colds.

Question: I am claustrophobic. May I use whole body cryotherapy?

Answer: Yes, you may. The door is never locked and you may step out at any moment. The chamber is open to the top and your head is raised above the level of the upper rim of the chamber.

Question: Do I have to take a shower before and/or after the procedure?

Answer: No, you don’t. This procedure is absolutely dry and does not make your skin wet.

Question: Who should not use whole body cryotherapy?

Answer: The following conditions are contraindications to whole body cryotherapy: Pregnancy, severe Hypertension (BP> 180/100), acute or recent myocardial infarction, unstable angina pectoris, arrhythmia, symptomatic cardiovascular disease, cardiac pacemaker, peripheral arterial occlusive disease, venous thrombosis, acute or recent cerebrovascular accident, uncontrolled seizures, Raynaud’s Syndrome, fever, tumor disease, symptomatic lung disorders, bleeding disorders, severe anemia, infection, claustrophobia, cold allergy, age less than 18 years (parental consent to treatment needed), acute kidney and urinary tract diseases.

Question: What are the risks of whole body cryotherapy?

Answer: Whole body cryohtherapy is very well tolerated and has minimal risks: Fluctuations in blood pressure during the procedure by up to 10 points systolically (this effect reverses after the end of the procedure, as peripheral circulation returns to normal), allergic reaction to extreme cold (rare), claustrophobia, anxiety, activation of some viral conditions (cold sores) etc. due to stimulation of the immune system.