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Cryotherapy


 

At Indy Vital, we have obtained the most modern technology in localized and whole-body Cryotherapy. We have acquired the latest top-notch cryotherapy sauna from CryoUSA, named the CryoArctic.

However, do you know what Cryotherapy is? Cryotherapy is the application of subzero air, to the surface of the skin to help aid the body in the recovery process from pain, inflammation, and injury.

The way Cryotherapy helps is by causing significant vasoconstriction of peripheral tissues, shifting blood to vital cardiovascular organs, brain, and kidneys. This intense cooling induces a powerful release of anti-inflammatory mediators, endorphins, and other right endogenous molecules.

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Benefits of Cryotherapy

After a session of Cryotherapy, hormones such as adrenaline, cortisol, and dopamine can dramatically surge, promoting a relaxed feeling. Sometimes cryotherapy advocates will even report a euphoric state after the cryo session.

- The surge of these hormones will increase one’s ability to withstand pain and fatigue.
- The release of dopamine will also decrease anxiety and stress.
- The frigid temperatures of a cryotherapy session also promote a decrease in an inflammatory response.
- Cryotherapy may be used in the peri-operative period in trying to alleviate pain related to the surgery.
- Cryotherapy is also used in both acute and chronic pain syndromes. Cold temperatures will increase the pain threshold.
- Cryotherapy will increase the metabolic rate and promotes rapid caloric consumption. The human body burns more fuel (carbohydrates, fat) to keep up with the shock of shallow temperatures.
- Cryotherapy is an excellent choice for professional and non-professional athletes looking for faster muscle recovery. The use of cryo temperatures will increase endurance and stamina, allowing the athlete to get closer to and push his limits.
- Cryotherapy naturally decreases muscle spasms and fatigue. Also, upon exposure of the body to extreme cold, nerve conduction declines, and pain improves.
- Cryotherapy will promote faster and pronounced muscle recovery.
- Cryotherapy decreases capillary permeability. As a consequence, Cryotherapy helps to reduce edema.


FAQ

Is Cryotherapy painful?

No, it is cold but not unpleasant.

 

What temperatures are reached with Cryotherapy?

The temperatures can reach downwards to -240 Fahrenheit.

 

Do I have to wear any special gear?

No, special equipment is not necessary, but we made mandatory to wear specific clothing accessories such as socks, slippers, gloves, and briefs (for men). Using this technique, 90% of the skin surface will safely be exposed to the hyper-cooled air.

 

Do I have to do anything special after my session? Is there anything I should avoid or do after Cryotherapy?

No, there is nothing you have to avoid and nothing specific you should do after your session. Exposure to extreme cold temperatures may diminish the exercise recovery time and may help people who are performing challenging athletic activities. Most individuals who have regular sessions of cryotherapy report having more stamina and energy.

 

Is there anything dangerous about Cryotherapy?

Cryotherapy is a very safe form of therapy, but caution should also take place, especially if you have an underlying medical condition that could worsen with the exposure to cold. Our certified technicians running your sessions are experts on safety and operational protocols. They are also experienced and capable of stopping the session in case you should want to get out of the cryosauna before your session is done. Also, there is no lock on the door of the cryo-chamber so you can step out at any time you want. Lastly, our cryo-chamber is equipped with an auto shut off, terminating every session at 3 minutes.

 

How does a cryotherapy chamber get to be so cold?

We use liquid nitrogen to cool the cryo-chamber to -240 Fahrenheit. The liquid nitrogen is immediately transformed into hyper-cool air, which is what cools the chamber and allows it to get into cryo temperatures.

 

Is it safe to be exposed to the frigid cold?

Yes, it is safe, but there limits to the amount of time one can be exposed to this low temperature. The length of the cryotherapy sessions cannot exceed 3 minutes. That is why our cry-chambers have a shut-off mechanism that automatically stops the therapy at 3 minutes.

 

How often should I do Cryotherapy?

The answer will vary depending on the reason why you decided to have Cryotherapy. Most individuals and patients who see the benefits in Cryotherapy, receive cryotherapy session 1-3 times a week. Individuals who have an injury, significant inflammation, or pain may receive cryotherapy sessions 3-4 times a week.

 

Can I use insurance as a form of payment?

No, Cryotherapy is not covered by the vast majority of insurance providers.

 

Are there contraindications on using Cryotherapy?

Individuals who are sensitive to cold should not have Cryotherapy. There is a list of the common conditions where Cryotherapy would not be helpful: Raynaud’s Syndrome, heart disease including coronary artery disease, cardiomyopathy, and valvular heart disease, pregnancy, blood clots, a history of stroke, hypertension (uncontrolled), significant lung disease, seizures.

 

Does Indy Vital have medical staff to advise about Cryotherapy?

Yes, Indy Vital is a medical practice, and we will be able to answer all your questions and concerns about having Cryotherapy.

 

I have a pacemaker; can I have Cryotherapy?

No, you should not have Cryotherapy if you have any heart monitor or device such as a pacemaker or metal implants.

 

Side Effects

There are a couple of things to watch if you decide to have Cryotherapy at Indy Vital:

- Most of the time, Cryotherapy is an excellent option for patients with pain, but we like you to know that some individuals may occasionally have undesirable sensations, such as numbness or tingling after Cryotherapy. These symptoms are temporary and self-limited (meaning will resolve spontaneously) redness and irritation of the skin may also be noted in some clients.
- While using cold therapy with icepacks, one has to check every so often during the application of ice that the skin layer remains intact and free of frostbite. Icepacks should never be applied for over 30 minutes to avoid frostbite. The same concept is used in Cryotherapy, with the amount of time inside the sauna limited to a maximum of 3 minutes.
- Our technicians must make sure that all the accessory items worn by our clients (socks, hats and other) are extremely dry before going inside the cryotherapy sauna. We also recommend that your personal items be placed in a locker before your cryo session. All personal details, including rings, wedding bands, watches, and other metals, should be stored before entering the treatment area.
- Every client and patient who steps inside the chamber must wear protective clothing covering their ears, hands, feet, and nose. Slippers are also a must! All of these help to prevent a frostbite problem.

 

Pain Management

At Indy Vital, we offer cryotherapy for the treatment of acute and chronic pain. Cryotherapy is the therapeutic use of cold in the management of injuries and painful conditions, and it can be of significant value for the individual who is agreeable to our cryo protocols. The physiologic effects of cold are vasoconstriction, which helps to decrease swelling and inflammation; decreased tissue hypoxia; decreased pain, and decreased muscle spasm. Integrating cold in both the acute and rehabilitation stage can promote quick and effective results. Combining cold with exercise (cryokinetics) has significant clinical implications for the treatment of many musculoskeletal problems, athletic injuries, and inflammatory conditions such as tendonitis, bursitis, and arthritis. At Indy Vital, we offer whole-body cryotherapy and a localized form of cryotherapy for patients who would not feel comfortable at our modern cryotherapy sauna.

 

Indy Athletic Room

We are extremely excited to tell you, Indy Vital has acquired the latest technology in Cryotherapy treatments, now available to you at our facility at the Indy Athletic Room. 

Whole Body Cryosauna – The CryoArctic

The CryoArctic is designed to deliver the safest cryotherapy session in the industry by eliminating exposure to gasiform air and reducing the risk of skin overexposure; the CryoArctic is a fully enclosed single-person chamber. Built using state-of-the-art technology ensures that clients are never in direct contact with nitrogen vapors.

The CryoArctic features a window with a push-button slide enabling the client to choose between a fully-enclosed or partially-enclosed cryotherapy. The partially-enclosed mode allows the client to experience a cryotherapy session without breathing the subzero air during the treatment.

Cryotherapy is the use of cold to decrease pain and muscle spasm. It is also used to prevent swelling and to improve muscle recovery following strenuous activity. Most other cryotherapy devices, such as ice packs, ice massage and cold-whirlpool, are delivered via a wet medium.

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