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History of Cryotherapy

Whole Body Cryotherapy (WBC) in its current form was first administered in 1978 by a Japanese doctor by the name of Dr. Yamaguchi. Doctor Yamaguchi found that when the whole body was exposed extreme cold, at minus 190 degrees Celsius, his Rheumatoid Arthritis patients experienced a tremendous amount of relief from pain and inflammation. The WBC treatment is administered with the patient standing in a chamber, while their neck and head stay above the fog line at all times. Inside of the chamber liquid nitrogen cooled dry fog is circulated around the patient. By significantly decreasing the outer layer of the skin temperature, the body begins releasing endorphins, which lessens the sensitivity. As the temperature gets colder, the body goes into survival mode and defaults to a whole body vasoconstriction, which occurs when blood is drawn from the peripheral appendages and circulated through the vital organs to keep them warm and functioning. When blood is drawn from the arms and legs inflammation, lactic acid, metabolites, and other waste byproducts are drawn with it. During the short-looped circulation, the heart rate and blood pressure are elevated while blood is pumped though the oxygenating and filtering organs. The highly oxygenated, nutrient enriched blood is then delivered back into the rest of the body within a few minutes of completion. As the oxygen and nutrient rich blood is circulated back to muscles and soft tissue, it takes with it fewer white blood cells and inflammation-causing substances. The net effect of the treatment is pain management and pain mitigation. Research has shown WBC may improve the following: athletic recovery, rehabilitation, chronic pain, recovery from injury, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Psoriasis, Psoriatic Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, sleep disorders, depressive and anxiety disorders, Osteoarthritis and we’ve even heard a number of anecdotes regarding success with alcohol and chemical dependency. For further information on benefits of WBC please visit our FAQ and white papers section of this website.

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What is Cryotherapy

The term “cryotherapy” comes from the Greek cryo (κρύο) meaning cold, and therapy (θεραπεία) meaning cure.

Cryotherapy is a form of cold treatment used to manage and mitigate pain and inflammation in the body’s muscles and joints. Motion Cryotherapy uses this cold treatment in the form of Whole Body Cryotherapy. By applying extremely cold temperatures to the whole body, our clients experience stimulation in the skin’s nerve sensors, which triggers the body to release endorphins. These endorphins are directly associated the body’s natural pain inhibitors and mood elevators, thus naturally improving mood and eliminating pain and discomfort in the muscles and joints.