Whole Body Cryotherapy and Compression Therapy are all the rage. While one will have you dancing on the spot as your body is blasted with -130 °C liquid nitrogen, the latter will leave you resembling something close the to Michelin man, in the name of sports recovery. But have you ever thought of combining the two together? LondonCryo with clinics in Belgravia, the City and St John’s Wood, speaks to DOSE about how Cryotherapy and Compression Therapy complement each other.
What is Whole Body Cryotherapy?
Cryotherapy, sometimes known as cold therapy, is the use of low temperatures in medical and cosmetic therapy. It is a fast and healthy process that accelerates the body’s natural recovery while improving overall wellbeing and energising the body. Cryotherapy is a dry, non-invasive process that lowers a person’s skin temperature during a session of up to 180 seconds. The benefits of cryotherapy are triggered when you reach -110ºC or colder.
What is Compression Therapy?
NormaTec Compression Therapy helps to assist people in recovery by helping them feel less pain. This system makes use of patented pulse massage pattern employing pulsing, distal release, and gradients to enhance blood flow and speed recovery. The dynamic compression device uses compressed air to massage limbs, mobilise fluid, and fight inflammation whilst squeezing pain-causing fluid and lactic acid out.
So why combine the two together?
They help assist with recovery and pain
NormaTec Compression Therapy and Cryotherapy both help assist people in recovery by helping them feel less pain. Engineered by a physician bioengineer, the NormaTec Compression system makes use of patented pulse massage pattern employing pulsing, distal release, and gradients to enhance blood flow and speed recovery. The dynamic compression device uses compressed air to massage limbs, mobilise fluid, and fight inflammation whilst squeezing pain-causing fluid and lactic acid out.
Cryotherapy uses the same science of blood movement and healing as NormaTec but on a more cellular level. Instead of simply massaging the body, cryotherapy causes the capillaries’ vasoconstriction, resulting in shunting of the blood to the body’s core. When your three-minute session is over, the oxygen-rich and nutrient-dense blood rushes through the body and speeds the body’s natural healing process.
They both improve your mood
Whole Body Cryotherapy can induce relaxation, mood elevation, memory enhancement, a significant decrease in tension and fatigue and a boost in energy levels. It’s also been shown that just 15 sessions of Whole Body Cryotherapy can actually reduce symptoms of both depression and anxiety.
Try “Chill & Recover” with LondonCryo every Tuesday for only £60
1 x Whole Body Cryotherapy session
1 x 20min NormaTec Compression Therapy session
Other services available at LondonCryo:
Destroy fat and lose inches all in 30 minutes. During a CryoSlimming treatment, the targeted area is warmed then rapidly cooled. Results are immediate, but we recommend 5 sessions for best results.
Say goodbye to cellulite. Cold temperatures widen blood vessels, increasing oxygen supply. This boots collagen production breaking down cellulite, leaving you with smooth, dimple free skin.
Uses cool temperatures increase blood flow and oxygen supply, boosting collagen production, reducing appearance of wrinkles and pores & improves skin elasticity. A natural, non-invasive way to look younger and more radiant.
Define your jawline with CryoSkin. It’s a safe way to ditch that double chin and contour your neck. Say hello to a younger-looking you.
Infrared saunas stimulate collagen production to reduce wrinkles and improve overall skin tone all over the face & body. Infrared wavelength is the most effective in healing the epidermis & dermis layers of the skin.
Red Light Therapy
Photobiomodulation is the use of low level light therapy to stimulate, heal, regenerate, and protect tissue that has either been injured or is degenerating. Lasers and LED’s produce light at specific wavelengths. When the right wavelength at the right intensity is used at the correct anatomical location for the right amount of time you can stimulate repair, resolve inflammation and reduce pain.
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Hettie is the editor and co-founder of DOSE. A keen runner, she’s also partial to a blast of high-intensity and hot yoga. A country girl at heart, she divides her time between London and the lush rolling hills of North Devon. When she’s not jetting off on her next adventure, Hettie can be found in a candle-lit alcove with a laptop, a spaniel and a full bodied Malbec.