Cryotherapy

Cryotherapy Cold Recovery - Mississauga

About Cryotherapy

Sports doctors have used cryotherapy as a powerful anti-inflammatory tool, whole body cryotherapy is now recognized as an important restorative treatment.

Cryotherapy is when your body briefly exposed to cryogenic temperatures ranging from - 184 F to - 256 F for 2 to 3 minutes per session . Extreme cold can stimulate temperature receptors in the skin to activate the nervous, immune and endocrine systems, resulting in reduction of pain and inflammation, and improvement in mood, improvements to physique, and the overall health of the body generally enhancing your overall health, wellness, and being.

A trained therapist guides you into one of our exclusive cryosaunas (open-topped cryotherapy device). Many compare the sensation to standing in front of an open freezer on a hot day – chilly but tolerable, if not refreshing, and far less jarring than an ice bath because, although the air is extremely cold, it is dry.

After the treatment, engaging in moderate cardiovascular exercise stimulates blood flow and enhances the treatment.  

Over the next 48 hours, the process of restoration occurs and the body returns to a former and better state or condition with reduced pain and inflammation, and increased energy levels. Recovery times from strenuous workouts and injury are improved and shortened.

 

Cryotherapy at MyHealth Care Centre

At MyHealth Care Centre, our cryotherapy machine is top of the line and have treated numerous individuals ranging from elite athletes to your every day individuals seeking to improve their health. Our clinic utilizes top of the line service in order to ensure you are able to experience life pain-free Our most important goal is to allow individuals to have a good sense of control over their health. This in addition to the advanced techniques MyHealth Care Centre has to offer will allow patients to maximize their quality of life as well as allow them to experience life to their fullest.

If you would like to experience cryotherapy and want a natural approach to health, we can help. Our Mississauga clinics have an approach to better health.

 

What is Wholebody Cryotherapy?

The ultra-cold temperatures in whole-body cryotherapy can cause physiological hormonal responses. This includes the release of adrenaline, noradrenaline, and endorphins. This can have a positive effect on those experiencing mood disorders like anxiety and depression.

Whole body cryotherapy (WBC) consists of a patient standing in a special tank; called a Cryosauna, which exposes the body to very low (sub-zero) temperatures for a duration of time (between 90 sec - 3 min). Liquid nitrogen in the tank causes a cool, but dry mist to fill the tank and lower the body's skin temperature to around 10 degrees celsius.

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 or recent cerebrovascular accident, uncontrolled seizures, Raynaud’s Syndrome, fever, tumor disease, symptomatic lung disorders, bleeding disorders, severe anemia, infection, cold allergy, acute kidney and urinary tract diseases.

How will I feel after a Whole Body Cryotherapy session? When the session is complete, your skin will return to its normal temperature within minutes. Immediately after you may feel a slight tingling sensation, but within minutes you will likely feel relaxed and muscular pain generally begins to subside immediately.

 

Are There Age Limits for Cryoptherapy?

Yes, although the cryotherapy triggers normal body responses to cold, ours are only designed for an adult-sized body. It cannot hurt children, yet they are simply too small for our cryotherapy chamber. We recommend clients be at least 18 years old.

If you are 16 we would require parental consent.

For those clients who are between 14-15 years old , both a physician's release and parental consent form are required

What do I Wear During my Cryotherapy Session?

During treatment you will wear undergarments or a bathing suit to protect intimate body parts while all other clothing items are removed. The more surface you can expose the more cryotherapy you will be able to get from the treatment.

You do not want to be wet or damp, hair and skin must be dry. This procedure is absolutely dry.

I’m Claustrophobic, Can I Get Cryotherapy Treatment?

Yes, the door is never locked and a Cryo Technician is with you at all times.  You can request to step out at any time.  Upon entering the cryotherapy, a Cryo Technician raises the platform and your head is exposed above the cryotherapy chamber.  Clients breathe room-air and an oxygen monitor is operating at all times.

Would Taking an Ice Bath be The Same as Cryotherapy?

It is simply not possible to achieve the same effect without a nitrogen based solution. For a cryo effect to take place, the skin’s surface needs to drop to 10°C in a span of 30-60 seconds, which is impossible to reach using ice based therapies. Any attempts at achieving similar results would be long and far from painless; while 2-3 minutes of concentrated nitrogen cooling will yield ideal results with minimal recovery time.

Who Should NOT Use Cryotherapy?

Cryotherapy is not recommended for patients with the following conditions;

  • Pregnant or lactating women
  • Anyone with a cardiac pacemaker, arrhythmia, symptomatic cardiovascular disease, peripheral arterial occlusive disease or has a history of blood clots
  • Patients with uncontrolled seizures
  • People suffering from acute cerebrovascular accident, vein thrombosis, Raynaud’s Syndrome, unstable angina pectoris, acute myocardial infarction, anemia and blood disorders of any sort
  • Patients with kidney diseases, history of cancer, symptomatic lung disorders, as well as cold allergies and unmanaged hypertension (BP>180-100)

All patients should consult a physician prior to any Cryotherapy treatment.

How Often Should I Have Cryotherapy Treatment?

If recovering from an injury/surgery, 3-5 times a week is advised. Some people opt to going 5-7 days a week for first 3 months. After the 3 month period, they shift to once a week for a “maintenance month” and then again back to 3 months of intensive use of 5-7 times a week.

Can I Work Out Before or After Cryotherapy Exposure?

Yes, it is recommended in fact. If you workout before your exposure, you can expect greater recovery due to the inflammation reduction. If you work-out after your exposure, you can expect a higher pain tolerance, more energy and greater flexibility.

How Does Cryotherapy Work?

Whole body cryotherapy (WBC) was originally developed in Japan in 1978, and the benefits have been studied and refined in Europe since that time.  Whole body cryotherapy has recently been introduced into the USA and is popular among doctors, chiropractors, physical therapists and most professional athletesl

Cryotherapy causes blood vessels to constrict, which reduces blood flow and alleviates pain, swelling and inflammation.