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What is Cryotherapy and where does it come from?

The term cryotherapy comes from the Greek “cryo” meaning cold and “therapeia” meaning cure. Cryotherapy can be traced back to ancient Greece when it is reported that Hippocrates prescribed the use of ice and snow to treat inflammation and pain.

Whole Body Cryotherapy (WBC) originated in Japan in 1978 when Dr. Yamauchi started using freezing treatments of short duration on his rheumatoid arthritis patients for pain management. With cryo-procedures, Dr. Yamaguchi found he could reduce the soreness his patients felt during joint manipulation. The rapid decrease of temperature of the outer layer of skin led to the immediate release of endorphins and therefore less sensitivity to pain.

This research led to exposing the entire body to cold temperatures with the development of cryogenic chambers. Most notably, Professor Fricke of Germany, revealed the benefit of Whole Body Cryotherapy on patients suffering from chronic inflammatory conditions.

Today, WBC is an accepted form of treatment in Germany and Poland and can be found in over 70 hospitals in central and eastern Europe, with acceptance spreading quickly throughout the world. While most of the research has dealt with the effects of WBC on chronic inflammatory conditions, recently there has been a body of research focusing on the benefits of WBC in sports performance.

How does Cryotherapy work?

Whole Body Cryotherapy (WBC) is a process in which the body is exposed to ultra-low temperatures (-240 degrees Fahrenheit) in a cryogenic chamber for 3 minutes.

Utilizing gasiform nitrogen, the skin surface temperature is lowered by 30 to 50 degrees Fahrenheit, which stimulates receptor cells in the body.

The skin reacts to the extreme cold and sends messages to the brain which stimulates the regulatory functions of the body. The skin exposure also triggers the release of anti-inflammatory molecules and endorphins. The result is a strengthening of the immune system and enhancement of the body’s recovery and recuperation systems.

What are typical treatment options?

Whole Body Cryotherapy is considered one of the most effective physical therapies for rheumatic diseases. The positive effects in relation to the inflammatory process, the sensation of pain and mobility have been demonstrated in many studies.

In amateur and professional sports, the positive properties of the body cooling can be used to increase performance and speed recovery. Some athletes experience a rush of adrenaline and an endorphin boost when they visit the cold chamber. Cold therapy is recommended after an intense workout to avoid muscle pain. The local reduction in blood flow reduces inflammatory reactions and the distribution of pain-producing mediator substances.

Other areas of application:

  • Rheumatic diseases*
  • Sports injuries*
  • Collagenosis*
  • Eczema*
  • Joint and spine diseases*
  • Chronic pain conditions*

*This information have not been evaluated by the FDA. This process is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any condition or disease.

What are typical results?

With a properly planned series of cryo sessions, Whole Body Cryotherapy:

  • Reduces inflammation *
  • Increases energy *
  • Lessens muscle soreness and tension *
  • Relieves pain from injuries or joint disorders *
  • Boosts metabolism and promotes weight loss *
  • Increases collagen production, reducing cellulite and signs of aging *
  • Improves mood via a rise in endorphins *
  • Rejuvinates the body at a cellular level *
  • Can help elevate testosterone levels in men*
  • Supports the treatment of multiple sclerosis *
  • Helps solve insomnia, migraines, gout and asthma *

*This information has not been evaluated by the FDA. This process is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any condition or disease.

Is it Safe?

Kona Cryo Wellness utilizes the world’s most advanced, state-of-the-art CryoChamber manufactured by Juka CryoTherapy. JUKA, established in 1991, is a reputable, recognized manufacturer of refrigerating units, gastronomy equipment and nitrogen based cryogenic devices in Poland and worldwide.

The liquid nitrogen, which turns to gas when released into the chamber, is the same nitrogen gas that makes up the air that everyone breathes (actually 78% of it). In a cryotherapy chamber, the user breathes natural room air. And for added safety, chambers are equipped with an oxygen monitor.

A trained operator is always present during the treatment to control the temperature levels and monitor user comfort. The user’s head and neck are kept outside the chamber to insure that adequate oxygen is always available during the session.

Why are Cryo Treatments more expensive then on the mainland?

Unfortunately the cost of liquid nitrogen is about 3-4 times higher than on the mainland, resulting in higher operating costs for us.

What is a Kama'aina?

We offer special Kama’aina pricing to all locals and permanent residents of the Big Island of Hawai’i to support our local community.

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