to Better Health and Less Pain
Question: Can one FREEZE oneself to better health and a more pain-free state of being?
Answer: Very possibly.
Loc Do and Shawn Tran, owners of ExpressCRYO, which opened March 22 in Moore, said they offer two types of therapy:
- Cryotherapy, in which a cryosauna is used to reduce musculoskeletal pain, inflammation, rejuvenate the body at the cellular level and increase beauty benefits
- Compression therapy, used to help with areas of poor circulation, whether from a tough workout, resulting in pain and inflammation, or from an injury or post-surgical inflammation.
Brand marketing director Kim Martin says that cryotherapy and compression therapy can benefit virtually anyone, from the serious athlete or weekend warrior, to persons suffering from various types of inflammatory illnesses.
They cite six major reasons their clients use cryo:
1. Decreases inflammation
“Instead of using ice to decrease inflammation on a specific area of the body, clients use cryotherapy to reduce inflammation throughout the body so that healing can occur in more than one area at a time,” Martin says. “Cryo reduces all types of inflammation, such as from rheumatoid arthritis or chronic joint pain. Cryo also stimulates the vagus nerve, reducing anxiety and fatigue.”
2. Increases performance levels
“Many athletes use cryotherapy because the treatment can help them recover from their activity,” Martin explains. “Since joint and muscle strength is increased, athletes can sports-train sooner, improving outcomes. Because the muscles and tissues are not frozen, one can start exercising immediately. Enriched blood flows back through the body, through vasodilation.” And unlike ice baths, she adds, muscles don’t need time to recover after cryotherapy.
3. Reduces chronic pain and fatigue
Martin says that cryo can reduce the pain from chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia or general body pain. “Some people experience a few hours of relief, while others enjoy a relief that lasts days, and even longer,” she notes. “Each individual is different, so results vary, but most participants feel that three minutes of cold is worth the hours of pain relief later. Some study regarding fibromyalgia patients showed that after 15 sessions of cryotherapy, pain levels were improved.”
4. Boosts mood
“Rather than reach out for antidepressants, many opt for cryotherapy instead; that’s because the procedure releases endorphins into the bloodstream, and one feels their mood increasing after a cryotherapy session,” says Martin, noting that the endorphins interact with pain receptors, reducing pain perception.
5. Boosts collagen
Martin notes that regular use of cryotherapy also can help lessen the appearance of wrinkles by increasing production of collagen. Cryotherapy also can help rejuvenate the collagen matrix, improving skin’s resilience and reducing the appearance of cellulite and fatty deposits at the skin’s surface.
6. Increases metabolism
Need yet another good reason to check out this relatively new treatment? How about weight loss? “During and after a session of cryotherapy, it takes a lot of energy to reheat the body,” says Martin. “Due to that energy increase, the body’s metabolism kick into high gear, which helps burn up to 800 calories through the day.”
So what, one may ask, is a cryosauna?
Martin explains that a cryosauna uses nitrogen gas to lower the client’s skin surface temperature to about 35-40 degrees F. in 30 to 45 seconds, then keeps the skin temperature that way for two to three minutes. The skin reacts to the cold and sends messages to the brain that stimulates the body to go into survival mode by shunting blood from the extremities to the core, where the blood is enriched with oxygen, enzymes and nutrients. As the body re-warms, the nutrient-blood is pushed back out to the extremities.
“Enriched blood promotes internal organ regeneration, expels toxin from subcutaneous layers, initiates cell renewal process, triggers replacement of damaged cells and eliminates dead cells from peripheral tissues,” she says.
ExpressCRYO clients must be 14 or older. Persons with such contraindications as uncontrolled high blood pressure, prior heart attack, unstable chest pain, disease of the blood vessels and a history of blood clots are not eligible. Treatment also is not provided to women who are pregnant.
Martin says clients to their business, as well as to any cryotherapy clinic, should demand a knowledgeable staff that can fully explain how the process works, its known benefits and any potential risks. Additionally, the facility should be clean and well-maintained.
ExpressCRYO is located at 825 SW 19th St., Suite 10, Moore, OK 73160. For more information, call 293.2796, visit their Facebook page at expressCRYO, or follow them on Instagram at expresscryo.