Whole Body vs. Localized Cryotherapy

Have you ever put a frozen pack of peas on a bruised limb for relief? Cold compress  is a widely known alternative therapy to reduce pains and inflammation but there's an even more effective method.

Cryotherapy operates on the same principles and is described as a localized or whole body treatment. It’s the same as an ice pack but much, much colder.  It has been used in many parts of the world for decades, especially Japan and Europe.

The benefits of cryotherapy cannot be over-emphasized, ranging from skin health, anti-aging, overall wellness and surgery recovery to weight loss.  In the U.S. athletes have been using cryotherapy the most because of its quick sports recovery advantage.

There are two common types of cryotherapy namely; localized and Whole Body Cryotherapy. This article has been put together to discuss skin care and anti-aging benefits of both whole body cryo and localized cryotherapy. Learn more below!

What is Whole Body Cryotherapy?

Whole Body Cryotherapy (WBC) is a refined cold treatment method that exposes your body to a temperature of -200°F to -250°F for about 2 – 3 minutes in a cryochamber or cryosauna. It is a treatment method widely employed in the countries such as Japan and Russia since the late 1970s to treat diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis by relieving inflammation, pain and other symptoms associated with chronic conditions.

The method of fast cooling makes your body go into survival mode. This causes more blood to flow into essential organs and supplies required oxygen as well as nutrients to your body.
 

Wesley Golden enjoying the benefits of Chill Cryotherapy in downtown Pensacola.

Wesley Golden enjoying the benefits of Chill Cryotherapy in downtown Pensacola.

What is Local Cryotherapy?

While whole body cryotherapy is applied to the entire body, localized cryotherapy focuses on the specific areas of your skin. Local cryotherapy is used to target localized areas that are in pain or inflamed to cold temperatures between -240°F to -256°F for about 5 - 10 minutes per location.

Local cryo has been used for cellulite reduction, reducing inflammation, athletic recovery for specific problem areas, and relieving any forms of pains from, for example, a surgery. While WBC treatments are excellent at relieving general inflammation, some parts of the body may require more attention than the others due to acute pain. This is where local or spot cryotherapy comes into play to treat the most affected areas.

Localized Cryotherapy can treat specific pain points or can provide an incredibly relaxing, wrinkle-releasing facial.

Localized Cryotherapy can treat specific pain points or can provide an incredibly relaxing, wrinkle-releasing facial.

Localized cryotherapy is used to minimize pain, promote healing, treat wounds and swelling, as well as for skin rejuvenation. Even after just one treatment many of our clients observe smaller pores and wrinkle reduction. We also have reports of headache alleviation. This type of cryotherapy can be applied to any specific injured part of the body such as ankles, shoulders, feet, elbows, knees, and necks.

Based on our clients' feedback, the whole body experience is vitalizing and stimulating, whereas localized cryotherapy is much more relaxing and similar to a facial massage.

Whatever the reason you'd like to try Cryotherapy, book your first session for just $29! Click here to view our packages and give us a call to set up an appointment or book online.