Northeast Wisconsin
  • Northeast Wisconsin
  • January 2010
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Cryotherapy: The cold, hard facts

Living with pain

For millions of Americans, pain is something they deal with on a regular basis. Arthritis, age related aches and pains, sports pain, headaches, inflammation, accident recovery or exercise recovery, are just some of the types of pain that people cope with every day. Living with pain is not only physically taxing, but can also take an emotional toll on you as well. Although there are medical procedures that can help with some pain, there is one solution that is proven to relieve all of these types of pain and more: cryotherapy.

How does cryotherapy work?

The cryosauna uses nitrogen gas to lower your skin surface temperature by 30-50 degrees Fahrenheit over a period of two to three minutes. The skin reacts to the cold and sends messages to the brain that act as stimulants to the regulatory functions of the body.

It’s a very fast and efficient way to achieve the same benefits that an athlete gets by sitting in a tub full of ice water. The skin exposure to these extreme temperatures triggers the release of anti-inflammatory molecules, which aid in healing your pain. The process also releases endorphins, which are hormones that make you feel good and energetic. The mood-enhancing effects from each session can last for days.

The technology

Whole body cryotherapy was originally developed in Japan in 1978 for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, and the benefits have been studied and refined in Europe since that time. Multiple research studies have been published in medical journals about the positive effects of whole body cryotherapy.

“I’ve had chronic neck pain for the past 12 years. After 5 sessions at Cryotherapy of Wisconsin, the pain is GONE! It is truly AMAZING! —Amy S., Green Bay.

Is cryotherapy safe?

Yes. Cryosaunas have been used for more than 30 years without any severe adverse reactions. The nitrogen being used to cool the single-person cryosauna is the same nitrogen that makes up the air we breathe (actually 78 percent of it). Once you step into the cryosauna the operator raises the platform so that your head is above the heavier nitrogen vapors where you are breathing normal room air. In order to protect the more temperature sensitive tissues such as hands and feet, clients wear dry socks, slippers and gloves, which Cryotherapy of Wisconsin provides.

How many treatments should I do?

Depending on your level of pain, it is recommended you initially take 5 to 10 treatments in close succession (separated by 1-2 days) to maximize your results. Afterward, additional treatments can be spaced further apart to maintain and improve on your results (e.g. once every week to two weeks).

Who should NOT use whole body cryotherapy?

Cryotherapy is not recommended for women who are pregnant, people with cardiovascular diseases or epilepsy. Contact Cryotherapy of Wisconsin for a full list of symptoms that may prevent you from receiving treatment. Children under the age of 18 require a parent or guardian’s signature before treatment.

Cryotherapy of Wisconsin

Located at 940 Hansen Road in Green Bay, and coming soon to Appleton and Mequon, Cryotherapy of Wisconsin provides customers with the most state-of-the-art cyyosauna in the Midwest, and cryo-facial equipment to target the facial muscles as well.

Call us today at 920-366-2449, or visit us online at and mention this article. You’ll get your first session for only $29! Take the first step toward less pain and more energy with cryotherapy.

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