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Cryotherapy Review: Machines With a Thermal Imaging Camera

There have been several cryotherapy accidents, which is why modern cryotherapy machines prioritize safety features. Perhaps the most shocking incident was that of a salon worker who froze to death in a machine. She has recently praised cryotherapy, and her body was found 10 hours later.1

Top Cryotherapy Machines With a Thermal Imaging Camera

A thermal imaging camera helps you monitor the skin temperatures of the clients. Thus, if the temperatures drop below the recommended level, you can stop the session immediately.

Here are the top 3 cryotherapy machines with a thermal imaging camera feature. 

Cryopod

The Cryopod is a highly innovative single-user unit. Instead of cooling the client with direct nitrogen vapor, this machine uses super-cooled air. Some of its most prominent features include;

  • An emergency stop button that allows you to stop the flow of cold air into the chamber.
  • Wifi connectivity  
  • Display screens with real-time client data that allows you to monitor your client’s condition.

This cryotherapy machine comes in 17 different colors, but the manufacturer can create a customized machine to suit your end requirements. 

Cryo Cabin

The Cryo Cabin is one of the most efficient cryotherapy machines on the market. Consequently, it only consumes 1L of liquid nitrogen per minute and can handle up to 100 sessions every day. Some of its features include;

  • An efficient flow system that significantly reduces the amount of liquid nitrogen used per session.
  • Smart software integration that automates most processes.
  • Remote diagnostics feature.
  • Real-time active sensors. 

This cryotherapy machine also has a de-freezing feature that ensures the unit is ready every time you need it and comes with a 3-year warranty. 

XR Cryo Innovations

The XR Cryo Innovations is perhaps one of the safest machines in the market, which is why it’s preferred for sports recovery. The manufacturer has invested in a variety of safety features, including;

  • A fingerprint authorization feature that needs the prints on an operator and a user before you can start operating it.
  • Operators have to be present during cryo sessions for enhanced client safety.
  • The door has a proximity sensor that shuts down the valves once it’s open.
  • A pulse oxygen sensor that helps you monitor your client’s vitals.
  • Emergency shutdown button.

This cryotherapy machine has a built-in billing solution that allows you to conveniently send out invoices. It also has a multi-location management feature if you have a cryotherapy business franchise and a financing option if you’re just starting out. 

Are Thermal Imaging Cameras the Future of Cryotherapy Machines?

The cryotherapy industry is expected to be worth a whopping $8.4 billion by 2028.2 This consistent growth can be attributed to the enhanced safety of cryotherapy machines. The above units have a thermal imaging camera that allows you to monitor the client’s skin temperatures, making it easy to stop sessions in case of emergencies. 

Links to Sources Used

  1. Salon worker praised cryotherapy — then ‘froze to death’ during treatment – https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2015/10/26/salon-worker-praised-cryotherapy-then-froze-to-death-during-treatment/ 
  2. Cryotherapy Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report – https://www.grandviewresearch.com/industry-analysis/cryotherapy-market 
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A Review of Cryo Chambers From Poland: Juka vs. Cryo Arctic

Cryotherapy is gaining wide acceptance. In 2020, the entire industry was worth $ 3.8 billion, and it will grow at a compounded annual rate of 10.3% from now to 2028.1 If you’re looking for affordable cryotherapy machines from Poland, Juka and Cryo Arctic are great options. 

Here’s a quick comparison of their features. 

Juka vs. Cryo Arctic: How Do They Compare?

When choosing a cryotherapy machine, there are several factors you should consider. This includes profitability, safety features, financing, and warranty. The final decisions should, however, be dependent on your business goals and preferences. 

Juka and Cryo Arctic machines could help you achieve business success, and here’s a review of their features. 

Cooling Method

The Juka cryotherapy machine is nitrogen-cooled while Cryo Arctic is refrigeration cooled. Both cooling methods are effective, but the difference is in how cold air flows to the chamber. 

For the Juka, you fill the chamber with liquid nitrogen, which then cools the air inside. Since nitrogen is dangerous, the client’s head has to stay outside during sessions. Cryo Arctic allows whole body cryotherapy as the air in the chamber is electronically cooled. 

Safety Features

There have been several cryotherapy accidents and clients are now cautious about their safety. In one incident, a salon worker froze to death and wasn’t discovered until 10 hours later.2

Both cryotherapy machines are very safe and come with onboard O2 sensors. They monitor the oxygen levels inside the chambers to ensure that the lenient is safe. Juka also has an electronic lift system to adjust client’s positions based on their height. Its door shut-off feature ensures oxygen remains inside the cabin. 

The Cryo Arctic comes with a pulse oxygen reader. This device monitors the vitals of your clients during sessions. This enables you to stop a session in case of an emergency. It also has Wi-Fi, has a diagnostic display for the client, a smart tablet, and uses an electric lift system.

Exterior Footprint

Bothe cryotherapy machines are relatively the same size. The Juka is, however, slightly larger. It measures 61x50x96 inches, while Cryo Arctic is 63x39x88 inches. The exterior footprint of the Juka is 57″ x 36″ and the Cryo Arctic is 91″ X 71″.

Warranty and Financing

Both machines have a 2-year warranty, and financing options are available for Juka. 

Juka vs. Cryo Arctic: Which One Is Better? 

The Juka and Cryo Arctic are both great for small businesses. They are relatively affordable, come with a warranty, and have incredible safety features. Both machines also have an electric lift system, and their manufacturers are based in Poland.

They, however, have different cooling systems, so it all boils down to your preferences. 

Links to Sources Used

  1. Cryotherapy Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report – https://www.grandviewresearch.com/industry-analysis/cryotherapy-market 
  2. Salon worker praised cryotherapy — then ‘froze to death’ during treatment – https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2015/10/26/salon-worker-praised-cryotherapy-then-froze-to-death-during-treatment/
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Electric Owners: $1000 Challenge to Prove Your Temperature

Would you like a chance to win a $1000 cash prize?  Cryosauna Reviews is sponsoring a cold-challenge!  Simply film yourself testing your electric-chamber’s temperature reaching below -120°F, share a link with us, and you could win one grand in cash!  Here’s the catch: we know that you will not be able to. We have been trying for the past two years to find an electric chamber that gets colder than that.  It is merely out of our concern that we are finally publicizing the problem: electric cryotherapy chamber temperatures are being falsely advertised.

We Tested 8 Electric Chambers

To test the most popular electric chambers in the marketplace we followed a simple procedure: we scheduled appointments and measured the temperatures with two digital thermometers.  We used a Reed C-370 RTD Thermometer and an Omega Precision RTD during the sessions.¹  Each thermometer was held in a gloved hand and kept steady at 8 inches away from the chest.  We required the testers to wear a facemask for protection and to prevent breathing on the temperature probes.  While it was comforting to watch both thermometers perform quickly with highly accurate results the final temperatures were alarming.  This included the electric chambers owned by friends and colleagues.

Our Reviews Are Not Sponsored

Cryosauna Reviews does not make or sell any cryo chambers.  We have independently reported on every cryotherapy chamber on the market, from nitrogen to electrics and now hybrid machines.  What our reporting and study over the past 24 months has found is startling: no electric chamber can reach lower than -120°F degrees in the central area of the chamber.  This is where the client would stand and receive the benefit of the cold air.  Most machines we have tested placed their temperature monitor (thermocouple, thermometer, etc.) so close to the cooling element that it produces a manipulated reading.  The temperature where the person stands is not -160°F or even -150°F.  Some machines did not even reach -100°F, yet the large digital display of the chamber read temperatures much colder.

Did You Buy A Fancy Freezer?

Cryo chamber manufacturers have become adamant on advertising the lowest possible temperatures as part of their marketing.  Consumers have become attracted to the “colder is better” mentality, and ultimately it is the business owner who pays the price.  The cryogenic environment begins at -160°F.  Temperatures that are not that low are by definition not cryogenic.  Unfortunately if you purchased an electric cryotherapy chamber you may have just bought yourself a fancy freezer.  Will it produce results?  Yes.  But did you pay too much?  Probably.

What Electric Cryo Owners Can Do

If you cannot prove that you electric chamber actually performs as advertised there is not a whole lot you can do.  We called 8 manufacturers and asked about their temperature claims and weather or not the client’s position would receive the same temperature air as the installed thermocouple.  None of their responses were satisfactory and it became clear that without industry regulations there is little a consumer can do when a manufacturer misrepresents their product.

As an alternative you can focus on how much a client’s skin temperature drops rather than the interior temperature of the machine.  In our polling it appears that clients are interested in seeing how their body responded to cryo.  If you are able to switch off (or cover) the temperature display it may actually help your business to do so.  Clients will instead focus on their own skin temperatures instead of the digital displays that are misleading.

Footnotes

  1. We initially only used the Reed thermometer and became concerned that it was defective when it would not reach the lower advertised temperatures.  We then purchased the Omega thermometer and tested them side-by-side only to learn that both worked accurately.  It was the chamber that was not accurate.  This launched the beginning of our investigation which lasted over two years.
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C4 Recovery Vs. M-Cryo Elite: A Quick Overview

The US cryotherapy market is quickly expanding and is expected to be worth $6.72 billion by 2026.1 This is mostly due to technological advancements and enhanced safety of the machines.

The cryotherapy machine standards and regulations are also stricter. This has resulted in wide acceptance of cryotherapy services. Quality machines are also easily accessible.

Here’s a quick review of the C4 Recovery vs. M-Cryo Elite cryo chambers – two quality cryo machines currently in the market.

Comparison of the C4 Recovery vs. M-Cryo Elite Cryotherapy Machines

Their Similarities Explained

Country of origin

The C4 Recovery and M-Cryo Elite cryotherapy machines both come from the USA. M-Cryo Elite has manufacturing plants in Richardson, Texas, while the manufacturer of the C4 recovery is in various states. This includes California, Utah. Michigan, Minnesota, and Tennessee.

All materials come from local sources, which makes it easy to have repairs done. There are no risks of unavailable or delayed replacement parts. You can also easily get assistance with installations and customer support.  

What Are Their Main Differences?

Cooling Method

The C4 Recovery cryo-chamber uses a refrigeration cooling method. This is where oxygenated air is cooled and supplied to the cryo-chamber.  It is very safe as the risk of inhaling harmful gases is considerably reduced.  This also makes this type of cooling perfect for whole-body cryotherapy machines.

The M-Cryo Elite, on the other hand, uses a nitrogen cooling method. This is where liquid nitrogen serves to cool the cryo chamber. With this type of cooling, your clients have to keep their heads outside the chamber. 

Warranty Period

The C4 Recovery has a 1-year warranty, while the M-Cryo Elite has a 2-year warranty. This only covers breakdowns that come from flaws in the manufacturer’s parts and systems. Thus, you may have to incur the cost of any man-made damage.

The Sale of Goods Act protects you from taking the liability of such faults. It, however, doesn’t define the time period for the manufacturer’s guarantee. Studies have shown that the generally accepted time is 6 years.2

Safety Features

Safety is one of the major concerns of cryotherapy clients.  

Both systems have safety measures in place, but the M-Cryo Elite has onboard O2 sensors. They control the level of oxygen in the cryo chamber. This ensures that your clients don’t suffocate during sessions. 

Both machines don’t require a dry-out time. 

Levels of Efficiency

The M-Cryo Elite has an electronic lift system and can handle 15-20 sessions per hour. Since it’s nitrogen-cooled, it can only service one person per session. 

The C4 Recovery, on the other, can handle up to 12 treatments per hour. It accommodates 2 people per session. 

C4 Recovery Vs M-Cryo Elite: Which One Should You Go For?

Both cryotherapy machines have their distinct benefits. Thus, the choice boils down to your unique business needs. C4 recovery is perfect if you’re looking for a refrigeration-cooled machine. Conversely, The M-Cryo Elite is one of the best nitrogen-cooled machines.

Links to Sources Used

  1. Global cryotherapy market size to reach USD 6.72 billion by 2026 – http://www.globenewswire.com/news-release/2020/11/16/2127038/0/en/Global-cryotherapy-market-size-to-reach-USD-6-72-billion-by-2026.html
  2. Faulty goods? You’ve still got rights when the guarantee runs out- https://www.theguardian.com/money/2006/mar/25/consumernews.howtocomplain
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What Cryotherapy Chamber Is Best After COVID-19?

With wellness centers and gyms reopening many business owners are asking What cryotherapy chamber is best after COVID-19? With the entire landscape of health and wellness changed from the global pandemic many industry leaders are warning that all equipment must satisfy the post-pandemic customer. What does this mean for current cryotherapy chamber owners after COVID-19 and how can new businesses satisfy what the customer wants?

Four people standing in a cryotherapy chamber after COVID-19
Cryotherapy after COVID-19 will not be a group activity anymore, even with masks, according to a poll of 3500 CR readers.

The Best Cryotherapy Chamber After COVID Is…

Without endorsing any specific brand the best cryotherapy chamber after COVID is the one that makes the client feel safe. By and large most people will not want to participate in cryotherapy in pairs or groups. This has become a problem for electric based chambers such as the US Cryotherapy and Cryo Arctic.¹ Consumers want a personal experience where they are not exposed to another person’s germs. Chambers must now have an anti-porous interior. Some chambers I reviewed have antibacterial materials (such as the XR by Cryo Innovations). Others, such as the Juka have padded cloth interiors that do not allow wipe-downs effectively, and actually absorb liquids.

Is Head-out Cryotherapy The Best Now?

There has long been a healthy debate about whether or not cryo is best with the head exposed or not. While clinical studies are conclusive that it doesn’t not matter the debate continues due to marketing pressure. But cryotherapy and COVID have changed a lot. A Cryosauna Reviews poll of 3500 households (with 2965 people responding) the head-out cryosauna option is a clear winner. The reasons stated by respondents were telling: clients simply did not want to be in a chamber that could contain someone else’s breath even if everyone was wearing masks. The psychological effect of having one’s head out of the chamber was enough to make clients feel safer.

Is This The End Of Enclosed Chambers?

Enclosed cryotherapy chambers are here to stay, but with pandemic concerns now a regular conversation it may not be the time to invest in one. Clients are highly concerned about their immune systems and seek out cryo for its potential immune system benefits. Enclosed chamber owners should immediately address how they will sanitize the chamber and provide air-out times. For clients who do cryotherapy regularly it appears a definite shift is happening to choose cryosaunas instead of enclosed chambers.

  1. http://Louis, J., Schaal, K., Bieuzen, F., Le Meur, Y., Filliard, J. R., Volondat, M., Hausswirth, C. (2015). Head Exposure to Cold during Whole-Body Cryostimulation: Influence on Thermal Response and Autonomic Modulation. PloS one, 10(4), e0124776. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0124776
  2. Both the US Cryotherapy C1 and Cryo Artic are single person chambers by design; however, in practice this author has seen operators allow two people in these chamber at the same time.
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What’s Your Cryotherapy Chamber Worth?

Is your Cryo a Porshe…or a Toyota?

Have you ever thought about what your cryotherapy chamber is actually worth? If your business simply did not work and you had to sell your chamber how much of your investment could you recover? While this is not a comfortable subject it is a necessary one. What if your cryotherapy business fails?

What's your cryotherapy chamber worth?  Logo with frost on it.
What’s your cryotherapy chamber worth?

Do you have an asset or liability?

Spending 40 to 100 thousand dollars on equipment is a big decision. When your business is doing great and you can sell a lot of cryotherapy sessions your chamber is an asset. But what if business stops? Will you be able to sell it, or end up with it in your garage at home? The financial education guru Robert Kiyosaki has taught for over 25 years that “an asset puts money in your pocket, and a liability takes money out of your pocket.” Once you stop making money in cryo your expensive chamber becomes an instant liability.

Best Resale Value – what is your backup plan?

As a consultant I often ask entrepreneurs what plans they have in place if they lose their business. The number one answer is always “I’ll just sell my chamber.” But is it that easy? A quick search on eBay reveals an average of 25 chambers for sale at any given time, and many have been there for months. My search today found (in alphabetical order):

  • Active Cryo (multiple units)
  • CryoMed (two)
  • CryoUSA
  • Impact (multiple units)
  • Juka (multiple units)
  • My Cryo (two)
  • Mobile Cryo units in trailers (three for sale)
  • Revo Mobile

The market for used chambers is already saturated, and none of the units are selling for even half of their original purchase price.

Picture of ebay search window with what is your cryotherapy chamber worth in text box.
A used cryotherapy chamber is not worth much these days….

What’s Your Cryotherapy Chamber Really Worth?

Your chamber is only worth what someone will pay for it, and right now nobody is buying used chambers for more than 50% of the retail price. Chamber pricing models are similar to automobiles: it’s only new until you buy it, and it must be a quality or unique vehicle to hold its value. Once it becomes used the inherent value plummets. The question you need to ask yourself is if your chamber is a quality machine that holds value.

Did you buy a Porshe or a Toyota?

From my personal experience with vehicles I discovered the hard truth of inherent value. I have owned a brand new Porshe 911 and a brand new Toyota Camry in my adult life. When I traded in the Porshe I only lost $14,000 from the original purchase price. But when I traded in my Camry I didn’t even receive half of its original value. The Porshe it turns out is a superior vehicle with a constant market demand, although it was impractical after I had my first child. The Camry was a great family car but for resale it is just too common and simply not a special car.

Compare your cryotherapy chamber with the laundry list of chambers for sale on eBay. There are some models that are noticeably absent simply because they have kept their owners in business or they kept their resale value high and sold quickly.

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My First Cryotherapy Experience

As a college athlete muscle soreness and inflammation are constant and often due to the large demand of training that goes into each practice. Because of this I soon was searching for my first cryotherapy experience. I am always sore both during and after practices which has begun to affect my level of play. Muscle inflammation has hindered my ability to perform at my best during training and tournaments. This isn’t new to me though. I have played volleyball for over half of my life and have dealt with muscle pain for the majority of my competitive seasons. Throughout this time I’ve turned to recovery solutions such as ice baths, massages and even cold-compress. Unfortunately, none of these “solutions” relieved my soreness. Then I heard about Cryotherapy.

Cryotherapy: A Leap of Faith

Cryotherapy was something that I had never heard of before until recently looking into it. After researching exactly what it was it became clear that I needed to at least give it a shot. The technology behind each Cryotherapy session is cutting-edge and uses data from several centuries of scientific innovations to promote healing and wellness. This definitely sounded like a worthy investment. 

My first cryotherapy experience in the chamber was a little foreign, but the staff were super friendly. They explained everything that was going on before my session. I changed out of my clothes and into a robe fitted with a stylish pair of slippers. As I entered the chamber they closed the door and handed me a pair of gloves. I passed them the robe and stood in the chamber with only my head exposed. It felt like I was in some type of space pod, but I wasn’t scared. During the whole process the visual display monitor explained the entire process and counted down the time that I had remaining. The cold air filled the chamber, cooling my body and the foggy-gas arising from the chamber was really cool to look at.

After only three minutes the session ended. Yes it only took three minutes! After the session I relaxed in their recovery lounge. Just after ten minutes of resting I could feel pain relief in both of these areas. My thighs were significantly less sore and the sharp pain in my shoulder was nearly gone. I honestly was in awe of the extremely fast results after just a few minutes in the cryotherapy chamber. I would definitely recommend this method to anyone suffering from chronic pain and soreness.

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Why Start a Cryotherapy Business?

With so many options why start a cryotherapy business? Cryotherapy is one of the newest innovations in the world of health and fitness. It has turned the heads of several fitness entrepreneurs due to its increasing popularity. Professional athletes and trainers rely on cryo to boost their energy and aid in recovery. While cryotherapy provides amazing health benefits to its users, it’s also extremely lucrative for the business owner. Financial analysts project the cryotherapy business exceeding $5 billion by 2025. This is only the beginning for this rising business. Many cities still lack a cryotherapy business in their area and for the moment, it’s still a land grab.

Is Starting a Cryotherapy Business Hard?

Cryotherapy is a plug-n-play business that requires little to no overhead or maintenance costs. After obtaining and installing the machine you can begin selling sessions immediately. Cryo sessions sell for $40, but only cost the owner a total of $5 for the nitrogen used. Therefore, a 3 minute session yields a whopping $35 profit. That alone can work as a business; however, it can also open doors to offering other services for more money.

Is Cryotherapy THAT popular?

Should I start a Cryotherapy Business?  Lebron James in a cryotherapy chamber.
King James in the cryosauna.

You’ve probably seen cryotherapy being used by some of the greatest athletes on the planet. Lebron James uses cryo to continue dominating the NBA. Zac Efron also uses cryotherapy in maintaining and caring for his incredible physique. He even has guests on his fitness show use the cryo chamber after each of their workout sessions. The mainstream attention for this new innovation has piqued the interest of many business owners and fitness consumers, causing a growing market for cryo chambers. Once you have a cryotherapy business in town consumers will be eager to discover what’s behind all the mainstream attention surrounding cryotherapy which will help with marketing.

How Should I Start?

If you’re interested in a cryotherapy business, now is the time to start! It’s so easy to start and maintain that there should be nothing holding you back. Start by first comparing cryotherapy chambers here and reviewing the top performers from 2019.

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Best Cryotherapy Machines of 2019

The best cryotherapy machines of 2019 is a tough call. I have done a cryo session everyday for over two years now. I have only missed my cryo on days when I was traveling. In total I think I have enjoyed a crotherapy session about 4 days per week for the entire year. How did I afford all of this? Ironically most companies offered me cryotherapy for free for a “positive review.” I always tell them that I will write a positive review only if my experience is positive, and it often is. But you may notice that I have never officially endorsed a cryotherapy machine for a reason: I want to remain as impartial as possible.

The Best of the Best Cryotherapy Machines of 2019

For the most part what makes a top performing cryotherapy machine? In my humble opinion it meets three criteria:

  • The session is not interrupted by a system failure
  • The temperature reaches below -200°F
  • I feel safe

Those are three easy goals for becoming one of the best cryotherapy machines of 2019. Nonetheless many machines and cryotherapy providers just cannot meet all three. Sometimes my session is started only to suddenly stop and I have to get out, wait, and start again. This wastes my time and gives me concerns that I am not safe. I also want the temperature to reach colder than -200°F. This often means I am drawn to use liquid nitrogen machines because electric cryotherapy machines cannot reach below -160°F. For the record I am not opposed to electric machines, I just feel they do not provide as effective therapy because electric cryotherapy machines cannot reach below -160°F.

The XR by Cryo Innovations

Best Cryotherapy Machines of 2019. 
The XR cryosauna by Cryo Innovations with door open and woman standing inside.  Cryotherapy machine.  Liquid nitrogen based cryotherapy machine.
The XR is a pro-athlete favorite

First place for 2019 is the Tesla-looking XR by Cryo Innovations. This cryotherapy machine immediately looks impressive. Solid and sturdy with illuminated blue lights this cryotherapy machine is hands-down different from anything else. Comfortable inside I always felt VERY safe as it has 8 safety features running at the same time. It even has an earclip that measures my pulse and blood oxygen levels which was actually fun to watch. I also quickly realized that the machine was ready to go almost instantly. The “pre-cool” time was faster than I could get undressed, and before I knew it the temperature was -230°F.

The Impact by Impact Cryotherapy

Best Cryotherapy Machines of 2019. 
The Impact Cryosauna in black color with door closed.
An Oldie But Goodie

The Impact Cryosauna is popular for being such an old model. Made in the USA like the XR gives the Impact a feeling of reliability. Many foreign made cryosaunas concern me. If a part breaks it may take awhile to have it replaced. The Impact made my “best of” list simply because it is a popular machine and I see it all across the country. Like the XR it gets cold, often below -210°F. I am comfortable in it as a consumer; however, if I were to buy one I would have the following requests for the manufacturer:

  • Make the walls sturdier. They are thin walls and it seems that they could be thicker for longevity.
  • The head-hole makes me feel trapped. It somewhat feels like a cigar-cutter and that my head and neck stick out like I am in a guillotine. The lid-with-a-hole feels weird, so why have it? It also forces the nitrogen gas towards my face, making me constantly worried I am inhaling it.

Onward to 2020!

This year is bringing huge advances to the cryotherapy world. New technology will enhance safety and bring cryotherapy to nearly every city in the country. Look for:

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Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness

Does Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS) keep you from performing at 100% following a workout? This pain is common in all types of exercise, from marathon running to yoga. What makes this pain different from “normal” athletic soreness?

Delayed onset muscle soreness man with sore muscles red black and white photo

Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness after a workout

Different from other types of soreness DOMS results from tiny tears of muscle fibers. These microtraumas are actual tears of your muscles, and they take time to heal. During that healing process there is inflammation causing sensitivity throughout the muscles. Prior thinking in training circles thought lactic acid build-up caused soreness. This was scientifically proven as inaccurate, as reported by Sports Illustrated (click here for the article).¹

Is it soreness or pain from injury?

Pain from exercise comes in two forms: sore muscles or injury pain. Basically sore muscles have a wide area of pain. Injury pain is stinging or stabbing pain in a small area. If you have pain immediately while working out you may have suffered an injury. On the other hand, soreness develops slowly, growing in intensity, until you are in serious pain. Most people simply massage their sore muscles and wait. But athletes who need their bodies to work will use ice packs, creams, stem therapy, and cryotherapy.

Whole Body Cryotherapy for soreness

Cryotherapy takes a space-age approach towards healing and preventing soreness. Instead of an ice bath that takes 20 minutes and is a hassle many athletes are using whole body cryotherapy to help heal soreness in 3 minutes. During a cryotherapy session the chamber fills with cold, dry air that reaches temperatures as low as -230°F. This causes vasoconstriction, which is a squeezing of blood vessels that pushes the blood inward towards the body’s core. The ultra-cold temperatures cause the body to anticipate a shock to the system and respond by preparing the body for healing from the anticipated trauma. This results in a body-hack: the blood is hyper-oxygenated and filled with inflammation reducing enzymes. Once the 3 minutes are over the now-rich blood returns to the skeletal muscles and reduces DOMS faster than any other recovery method.

  1. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27409551