The short answers is YES! There are enough studies out there that speak to a couple main biological methods of action when it comes to aiding in repair and recovery. Studies seem to show it has more of a clear action on the short term recovery and is not fully proven on functional recovery long term. While the latter hasn’t been strongly proven in studies the consensus in the field from users especially athletes has been very strong showing some real regenerative effects. Placebo could certainly account for some of this but one has to remember that results are results and many of the therapeutic results were not able to be realized for these individuals through other methods.
While the cost may seem initially high for some practitioners, once you break out your calculator you soon realize that even just charging $25-40 per treatment session can have the machine paid for in a year but of course this depends on marketing and how many treatments are performed per week. I know clinics and centers that paid for the machine in under 6 months just from the treatment sessions sold. Also of course when it comes to higher priced equipment very few businesses will just flat out pay for it financing or leasing usually is a helpful thing for ROI positive cash flow.
Whole Body Cryotherapy can be administered in one of two devices, the Single Person Cryosauna and the Multi-Person Cryochamber.
With Whole Body Cryotherapy (WBC) the body is exposed to ultra-low temperatures (-200 to -240 F). The client is placed in a cryogenic sauna/chamber for a short duration of 1.5-3 minutes which lowers the client’s skin surface temperature significantly and stimulates receptors.
This modality was first utilized in Japan in 1978 to treat rheumatoid arthritis. Studies conducted over the last two decades in Europe have established WBC as a powerful modality for inflammation reduction and injuries.
Professional athletes have discovered WBC as a powerful treatment to decrease recovery time and increase athletic performance. Although Whole Bocy Cryotherapy originated in Japan, it was a group of Polish scientists who took the idea and made Whole Body Cryotherapy the physical therapy it is today. The Olympic rehabilitation center in Spala, Poland opened in May 2000 and has been used as a training and injury rehabilitation center for many athletes.
The Cryosauna and Cryochamber are cooled to cryogenic temperature range of −200 °F to −240 °F.
In the Cryosauna, clients are protected with socks, gloves, and slippers. In the Cryochamber, clients wears additional mouth and ear protection. Clothing worn during the treatment is minimal: for women clothing is optional while for men genitals have to be covered with cotton underwear. During the 1.5-3min session the average skin temperature drops to 10 °C (50 °F), while the coldest skin temperature can be 0 °C (32 °F). The core body temperature remains unchanged throughout the process, however, it may drop slightly afterwards.
Clients report that the experience is invigorating and improves a variety of conditions such as psychological stress, insomnia, rheumatism, muscle and joint pain, and various skin conditions.*