Remember me telling you that my late friend Sharon decided her final resting place would be a cryogenics tube?
Well, I’m going to try something a little more short term, cryogenics therapy. It’s a term I’d never heard of until a couple of days ago when my architect was here taking photos for his portfolio. I asked him how biz was going and what he was working on and he said he was involved in designing/redesigning the studio space for Nordic Cryotherapy in Eastchester. [NOTE: the website has an annoying autoplay audio component: I muted it]
Cryotherapy, what’s that? So I googled it and was intrigued.
Here’s Nordic’s explanation of what the Whole Body Cryotherapy is:
The WBC uses gasiform nitrogen to lower your skin surface temperatures penetrating about 1mm deep (external temperatures to -250 degrees Fahrenheit). This then acts as a stimulant to your regulatory system causing vasoconstriction or your body’s defensive mode. Your blood quickly travels to your core organs which is then enriched with oxygenated molecules. When stepping outside of the machine, the re-perfusion starts and supplies areas of your body needing repair. This process also burns hundreds of calories and boosts your metabolism. First, you will be provided gloves, socks, slippers, and a robe within a dressing room and asked to leave under garments on. You will then be directed towards the machine. You will be asked to take off robe and step into the machine. The door will close and your head will be above the opening of machine. The nitrogen will then be turned on and the cooling effect will begin targeting from the neck down. Your cryotechnician will stay with you throughout the entire process and will explain all aspects of the machine and its effects.
This treatment is completely safe. It actually has been around for more than 30 years without any severe adverse reaction ever recorded when used appropriately. As mentioned above, a cryotechnician will be present at all times, you can swing open the door at your own will, and the machine shuts down after 3 minutes no matter what.
I might start out with a Localized therapy session…
During the LC treatment, depending on the location of inflamed joint, you will either be laying on your back or flat on your stomach. Compared to the WBC, you will remain in your own clothes while laying on the massage table. The cryotechnician will have a hand-held device in which he/she is trained on administering the gasiform nitrogen through. The affected area will be the only location the nitrogen will come into contact with. This will last 3-5 minutes with just as cold temperatures as the WBC (-250 degrees Fahrenheit). This treatment is specifically geared towards a particularly area that is causing you pain and is considered less invasive for those that may feel uncomfortable with WBC. Many clients use this therapy after surgery, for an old sports injury, or an arthritic joint.
I can’t see any downside to this. My shoulder, despite several week of painful PT, and despite home strengthening, is not improving.. and my hips are getting some arthritis. Just shoot me now.
Anyone done this? Or know anyone who has done this? Is it a bad idea?
The sun is trying to come out and play. But it’s still chilly, sweater worthy. I’ve got plans with one of the kids today, maybe seeing the movie Megan Leavey, which has gotten some good reviews. The vet called to say Dawg’s ashes are ready to pick up. Otherwise, nothing major planned.