How does Cryotherapy work?
One form of Cryotherapy we offer at Desert FMA is Whole Body Cryotherapy. This service exposes the entire body to sub-zero temperatures inside of a chamber. As the body is exposed to these freezing temperatures, it enacts a natural fight or flight response that constricts blood vessels to restrict blood away from extremities. This redirection causes your body to move blood toward the core, protecting your organs. During this process, the body increases its levels of oxygen and certain proteins that can decrease swelling. When you exit the Cryotherapy chamber and return to normal room temperature, this oxygen-rich blood moves back through the body. A Cryotherapy session can last up to 3 minutes - but may burn up to 600 calories! This service is one of many ways that Desert FMA utilizes controlled, natural stressors to increase your body’s resilience and thereby shape human health.
What is a cryotherapy session like?
Not sure what to expect when you visit us for Cryotherapy? After you complete a simple medical waiver you’ll head to a private changing room. Our Cryotherapy Chamber uses sub-zero temperatures to deliver cold therapy, so you’ll need to protect certain parts of your body from the cold! We’ll provide you with a hat, socks and gloves to use during your Cryotherapy session. Some people simply wear their shorts or other workout clothes, but we’ll provide you with a robe if you prefer a little extra coverage.
Once you’re changed into your protective gear, you’ll head back to our proprietary Cryotherapy chamber. You can select some music to pump you up, then you’ll enter the chamber where you’ll stay for up to 3 minutes.
Not sure you can make it the full session? No worries! A healthy Cryotherapy practice may be something you work your way up to, gradually increasing the time you’re able to spend in the chamber each visit. In general it will feel like standing outside on a very cold winter day!
After you get out, you’ll feel energized, alert, and may even experience a bit of a mood boost.
- Receive pain, swelling and stress
- Promote healing and athletic recovery
- Boost mood, energy and sleep
A first time cryo session is 1.5 minutes. After that, up to 3 minutes.
How often can you do Cryotherapy?
Consistency is key! Come as often as twice a day.