Our Cryotherapy Chamber In Colorado Springs
(Opens Aug. 1st 2020)
Cryotherapy is a recovery process that has been gaining popularity over the last 10 plus years. Research has suggested that cool temperatures could bring a range of health benefits and that we shouldn’t always shun exposure to cold. There are a number of different methods to help individuals on their journey to health and fitness; treatments range from the application of ice packs or immersion in ice baths to the use of cold chambers. At NuWave Cryotherapy and Spa, we now offer a Cryotherapy Chamber. A cryotherapy chamber is similar to a walk-in freezer; it is a room that exposes the entire body to the cold temperatures.
When you step into the cryotherapy chamber, your body undergoes a sort of transformation. The temperatures drop drastically, as low as -160°c, for a few minutes using the hybrid system combining the cooling power of liquid nitrogen and electricity. Once the temperature drops, you must remain in the chamber for at least three minutes before you step out. The dry cold penetrates through your skin causing your body temperature sensors to send a quick signal to your brain which triggers the fight or flight response. When your brain senses the extreme cold, it sends blood to flow to the torso to insulate and protect all the vital body organs. Once you step out of the chamber, oxygenated blood begins to rush to the body organs which help with the healing process.
Depending on the facility, you may be given gloves, socks, slippers, a face mask, ear muffs, underwear or all of the above to protect sensitive skin before stepping into a cryotherapy chamber. While it feels cold right away, the time passes quickly and you won’t feel like you’re frozen. Plus, you can open the door at any moment to get out.
Like all our cryotherapy treatments in colorado springs, the chamber offers physiological benefits to help you be the best version of yourself. Although this recovery method is still relatively new in the US and UK, it has been in use since the 1970s in Japan. Some people who suffer from severe joint pain, rheumatoid arthritis, and even depression claim that whole body cryotherapy help in alleviating their symptoms. Athletes also claim that cryotherapy helps to improve their performance since it speeds up muscle recovery. Various studies have also proved that cryotherapy has an overall positive effect on soft body tissues and tends to slow down muscle soreness. Purported cryotherapy benefits in preliminary studies include:
Muscle and joint pain relief: if you’ve ever iced a sore shoulder or twisted ankle, you’ve treated yourself using a form of cryotherapy. This method of healing has shown to be effective in reducing muscle pain, inflammation, and cell damage. Icing an injury for 15 minutes at a time, three to four times a day is highly effective. Being able to walk into a chamber for 3 minutes and feel the same effects is even better.
Weight loss: the theory behind this benefit is that cold temperatures force your body to work hard to stay warm, which means burning calories. One session can burn upwards of hundreds of calories, and repeated use can boost your metabolism, helping to burn more calories each day. Because cryotherapy helps with muscle pain, it could make it easier to get back to a fitness routine following an injury. This potential weight loss benefit is limited to people who cannot or will not exercise because of pain.
Younger-looking skin: a decrease in temperature helps to decrease inflammation, which can help your skin. Although it is not long term, it can help put you onto a better path when it comes to skin care and anti-aging tactics.
Better mood and energy: when undergoing cryotherapy chamber treatments, your body releases endorphins and your natural adrenaline. That in turn gets your blood flowing throughout your body, which is something that can be helpful for people who experience anxiety and depression.
Is Whole Body Cryotherapy Safe?
Cryotherapy isn't safe for everyone. The treatment should be approved by your doctor if you are a pregnant woman or for people with various health conditions, including severe hypertension and various heart problems. Also, folks with an allergy to cold temperatures or a nerve problem, like neuropathy, could worsen their conditions. A person must never sleep during cryotherapy, and they should time each session to ensure it is not longer than the recommended timeframe. Whether or not it is right for you completely depends on your situation and personal health, but finding the right spa to help you to decide is important. If you’re looking to try your first cryo-chamber in Colorado Springs, go to Nuwave Cryotherapy and Spa.
What do Cryo-Chamber treatments cost?
If you’re looking into purchasing your own chamber, you better consider the financial end of things. A cryotherapy chamber can cost anywhere from $18,000 to $600,000. Whereas a single session will only cost you $50 to $100 depending on the market you’re in. Some spas even offer monthly memberships with unlimited uses for as little as $150/month.
Cold air therapy in the whole-body chamber is a dry fresh, oxygenated air so you can avoid shivering, goosebumps, and other reactions that are associated with being cold. This technology allows your skin temperature to decrease between 30-45 degrees over a 3-4 minute time span inside the chamber. Unlike an ice bath or immersion, cryotherapy is not painful. Anecdotal evidence suggests cryotherapy may help with a range of concerns, including slowing or reversing skin aging, supporting fat loss, preventing chronic diseases, and decreasing inflammation throughout the body. Even if you don’t like being cold, this process will rejuvenate your body, skin, and mind. You may even leave feeling warmer than when you arrived. Try your local cryo-chamber in Colorado Springs at Nuwave Cryotherapy and Spa to feel all these benefits for yourself.
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