What is WBC?
Whole Body Cryotherapy (WBC) saunas were first used in Japan in 1978 by Dr. Yamaguchi to treat rheumatic disease. It was studied and established as a powerful treatment for pain and inflammation in Japan. Further study in Europe and Soviet Russia revealed the benefits of whole body cryotherapy saunas on chronic inflammatory conditions and has been incorporated into the training programs of elite athletes.
Utilizing a whole body cryotherapy sauna, your goal is to reach two and a half to three minutes at one of the predefined settings. The CryoSense has the following options:
- 2.5 minutes at -249 degrees Fahrenheit
- 3 minutes at -278 degrees Fahrenheit
- 3 minutes at -292 degrees Fahrenheit
- 3 minutes at -306 degrees Fahrenheit
- 3 minutes at -321 degrees Fahrenheit
During the first minute, your skin will reach a temperature of around 39 degrees Fahrenheit which initiates vasoconstriction. Vasoconstriction sends the flow of blood to your body's core where it is circulated for the remainder of your session. Circulating blood through the core causes replenishment of oxygen and nutrients in the red blood cells. Upon exiting the sauna, your body will initiate vasodilatation and produce endorphins which release the nutrient enriched blood back throughout your body, evacuating inflammatory markers and increasing energy level and overall mood.
You are able to immediately go back to normal activities including intense work outs after completing your session!
Who should try it?
Cryotherapy saunas offer benefits for everyone, whether you are: suffering from chronic pain, battling swelling and edema, living a very active lifestyle and would like that extra boost in your recovery, a college athlete facing the day in and day out grind, the mom who needs that extra energy boost, the dad that feels too beat up after work to play, the one who wants to increase collagen (helping with those wrinkles) and a multitude of other reasons. All of us have some cause that would benefit from a little cryotherapy!
SOME of the benefits!
1. Decreases Inflammation – Whole Body Cryotherapy decreases inflammation by utilizing vasoconstriction/vasodilatation. This is a benefit that can be valued by diverse people from every walk of life! Inflammation is a side effect of our day to day living, whether from physical activities, the aging process, or something your body is battling against.
2. Increased Performance –Professionals, college teams and others are using cryotherapy saunas more and more frequently to enhance their performances, as well as extremely active people who suffer from hard work outs. Three minutes in the cryotherapy sauna is equivalent to two rest days! Who wouldn't want to feel like they had a rest day or two every day? Imagine the competitive edge that Cryotherapy could give you against your opponents!
3. Increased Metabolism –It is said that after a session of cryotherapy, you could burn up to 500, even 800 calories from your body reheating itself!!
4. Reduction of Chronic Pain and Fatigue – For those suffering from chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, Lyme Disease or generalized body pain, cryotherapy helps reduce the symptoms. Some people experience a few hours of relief, while others enjoy relief which lasts days, and oftentimes, even longer.
5. Happiness Boost - Cryotherapy releases endorphins into the bloodstream which leaves us feeling happier and more contented. The endorphins interact with pain receptors, reducing pain perception. Studies suggest that cryotherapy saunas MAY be beneficial for depression and anxiety disorders. Cortisol levels are also reduced which contribute towards a cheerier YOU!
6. Anti Aging – Cryotherapy can facilitate the reduction of wrinkles, by increasing the skin’s collagen levels. Cryotherapy stimulates collagen production in the deeper layers of the skin, resulting in a smoother, firmer, and more youthful look by increasing blood circulation and boosting immune and central nervous systems.
Who should not use a Cryotherapy Sauna?
- Anyone with any of the following:
Pregnancy, severe Hypertension (BP> 160/100), 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 needed), acute kidney and urinary tract diseases.