14-02-2022

ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES OF CRYOTHERAPY

Cryotherapy is a fast and healthy process that accelerates the body’s natural recovery whilst improving overall wellbeing and energising the body. Electric cryotherapy is a dry cold, non-invasive, process that involves individuals being exposed to cold temperatures.

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Temperatures can be as cold as -110°C and elicit physiological responses from the body which can provide the following benefits:

  • Reduce inflammation
  • Reduce stress
  • Improve sleep
  • Enhance immune function
  • Speed up recovery

WHAT IS WHOLE BODY CRYOTHERAPY (WBC)

WBC is a process of exposing the body to extreme cold air producing a thermal shock and vasoconstriction due to a rapid decrease of your skin's temperature.

Reduction in skin temperature sends messages from peripheral thermoreceptors to the central thermoregulatory centre in the hypothalamus. This elicits vasocontraction with pooling of blood to the core and a systemic nervous reflex with physiological changes to many of the body's processes.

The key part of WBC is the body's response after the treatment. Blood vessels vasodilate driving oxygen and nutrient rich blood back to the outer layers with a release of endorphins. resulting in a boost in energy and mood.

The main effects include pain relief, anti-inflammatory response, reduced muscle tension and improved joint function. Some additional benefits that have been proven and reported from regular users is improvement of sleep, skin health, and quality of life.

ADVANTAGES OF ELECTRIC WHOLE BODY CRYOTHERAPY

Effective and Safe Therapy – Our electric chambers deliver precise temperatures between -85 and -110°C. We focus on the skin temperature of the user as the key indicator of the effectiveness of the chamber. Temperature of the chamber is less important than the effect of the exposure on the body’s skin temperature. This change is delivered safely using a combination of cold temperatures and air flow for uniform cooling over all exposed body parts.

Reliability and Support – Mecotec have 20 years' experience with over 700 chambers installed worldwide. In the UK we have an established operation with our own install, service and after sales team delivering next generation chambers that require minimal service.

Fully Automated – Mecotec chambers have fully automated scheduling, so the chamber is ready to use when you want and switches off at the end of the day. With an automated treatment countdown timer starting on opening the door it truly is a fully automated system.

Low running and operating costs – Electric chambers are powered by electric as opposed to expensive nitrogen. We hear of nitrogen chamber businesses that limit the use of the chamber to certain times of day to optimise nitrogen use and face issues with storing and delivery of nitrogen. With electric chambers you can operate the chamber all day and your clients can use it at their convenience.

DISADVANTAGES OF ELECTRIC WHOLE BODY CRYOTHERAPY

Mis-communication – There is a perception that WBC is all about the chamber temperature which is communicated by nitrogen companies. There are two important questions to ask, one, is the displayed temperature the actual temperature the body is exposed to and secondly what change in skin temperature does the user experience, as this truly is the key to the therapy. As a professional business, we always inform our clients of our system’s benefits but then recommend trying both electric and nitrogen systems for themselves.

Electricity Costs – The cost of electricity is increasing which impacts the potential treatment cost. However, in comparison it is still a significantly lower consumable cost to nitrogen and nitrogen costs may actually rise at a higher rate than electricity due to delivery and production cost increases.

APPLICATIONS

Application areas for whole-body cryotherapy include but not limited to:

  • Sports medicine
  • Orthopaedics
  • Physiotherapy
  • Dermatology
  • Mental health
  • Aesthetic / medical cosmetics

If you are interested in learning more about our electric whole body cryotherapy chambers feel free to get in touch.

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