Whole Body Cryotherapy- What is it?

So since my last blog on swimming, unfortunately my own swimming has taken a bit of a back step due to some breathing issues I'm currently working on.  So for now I'm being patient... 

'Patience is the calm acceptance that things can happen in a different order than the one you have in mind' (David G Allen)

So I'm doing lots of different things and finding things that work for me and that make a difference. 

Which brings me to...

           WHOLE BODY CRYOTHERAPY

 

I first heard about Whole Body Cryotherapy about a year ago but I wasn't in the right place at the time.  About 3 months ago however it popped up on my radar and after googling 'whole body cryotherapy Brisbane' I actually found something!

So we got in the car and made the drive to the Gold Coast to go and see Tony from

Cryosports Australia to check out whole body cryotherapy and this is what we found when we got there.....

Mel going into the cryotherapy building

Mel going into the cryotherapy building

Yep -83 degrees Celsius!  Freezing cold.  Although I look pretty excited in the photo!

So what exactly is whole body cryotherapy?

Whole Body Cryotherapy involves stepping into a chamber in which the air temperature is around -80 to -100 degrees Celsius.  The air is cooled down through a multiple-stage system to the required temperature and fed into the cryo chamber which maintains that temperature. 

Check out - http://cryosports.com.au for more information. 

When in the chamber you wear:

  • Headband to cover your ears
  • Mask 
  • Gloves
  • Socks
  • Crocs 
  • Bra and underwear

So yes you are looking pretty stylish about now...

Mel in a -83 degrees chamber!

Mel in a -83 degrees chamber!

You then spend 5-6 minutes in the chamber depending on your body surface temperature.  You definitely do not stand still as you will struggle! You are encouraged to move around ie. Marching, wall push-ups and use of kettle balls and dumb bells.

You are supervised the entire time.

 

Now it sounds crazy so why on earth would someone do that.  Further research needs to be completed however it appears that there may be a :

  • Reduction in body inflammation
  • Reduction in pain
  • Promotion of healing
  • Reduction in stress and anxiety 
  • Improvement in joint range of motion 

If you want some extra information I highly recommend going onto Dr Rhonda Patrick's website (https://www.foundmyfitness.com) and checking out her Cryotherapy report which is under the free downloads section.  It's 20 pages but it's totally worth it and so informative! There's a few good podcasts to listen to but this is a recent one I found particularly useful - https://itunes.apple.com/au/podcast/foundmyfitness/id818198322?mt=2&i=368010679

 

Also I found these articles after a very brief pubmed research

  • http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26778452
  • http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26576422
  • http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26595964
  • http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23535078

Whilst more research is still needed I always go on how I personally feel after treatments.  If it makes me feel better then it's worn continuing the trial and then reassess how I feel after 3months. 

 

Would I do it again? 

I've been having issues with fluctuating  'puffiness' of my hands and a pooling of fluid just above my ankles for a long time now.  I noticed reductions in both of these following the treatment.  It was a short term effect but perhaps ongoing treatments may make this long term. 

I noticed also positive changes in my breathing and also I was so tired that afternoon and slept like a baby that night and awoke feeling refreshed.  I also generally felt a bit more 'alive'.

So for me cryotherapy works and I'm keen to continue it's use so yes I would do it again!

I haven't yet had the chance to do it again as the mobile unit went to Sydney for some rugby teams or something 😜 but I'll be surely booking in again soon.  It's back now so I actually better go and call and book my appointment! 

Mel and Amos

Mel and Amos

Ps Amos isn't allowed in the chamber .... Apart from the obvious for those who know him can you imagine!!!!

Mel