Oxygen therapy

Continued efforts to improve lives
Providers of hyperbaric oxygen therapy, or HBOT, continue to strive to provide innovative advanced therapies to improve lives. Not only do clients gain access to HBOT in a private, luxurious setting to speed healing and recover from chronic illness, but they get to experience natural therapies like cryotherapy as well, which are purported to offer amazing results.

Whole-body cryotherapy
Everyone from world-class athletes to world-class moms are finding fantastic recovery, relief and healing through a therapy called whole-body cryotherapy. The therapy is rooted in the 1978 practice of Dr. Yamaguchi, who discovered through his research that exposing the skin’s surface to rapid, short-term freezing to 30 degrees Fahrenheit has a more beneficial effect on the human body than the standard gradual cooling that many athletes experience while immersed in an ice bath at 41 degrees Fahrenheit.

Thanks to advancements in science and technology, this amazing therapy — which at one time was only found in elite settings for professional and Olympic athletes — now is available at local practices to everyone who needs help with a variety of conditions.

Cryosauna as therapy
A cryosauna is a technologically advanced vertical cylinder where clients stand, covered from the neck down, while an inert cooling gas fills the cylinder. The skin is exposed to temperatures below zero degrees Fahrenheit for three minutes or less. Treatments are completely safe, pain free and surprisingly comfortable.

Studies show that exposing our bodies to the cold temperatures of a cryosauna will stimulate natural responses, resulting in significant long-term medical and cosmetic benefits. Not only is the immune system stimulated, but every organ in the body also is affected positively.

A calorie burn
The extreme cold exposure of this treatment causes the body to turn up its metabolic rate in order to produce heat. This effect lasts hours after the procedure, causing the body to burn approximately 500 calories. Studies report that after multiple cryotherapy sessions, the increase in metabolic rate tends to last longer between sessions.

Skin benefits
The cold air activates an increased production of collagen in deeper layers of the skin, causing the skin to become smoother and more even in tone, causing it to regain elasticity and significantly improve its overall condition. Many clients who have suffered from severe skin conditions like psoriasis experience relief for the first time in years after a course of cryotherapy.

Detoxifying properties
During cooling, skin vessels and capillaries undergo severe vasoconstriction to keep the body’s core temperature from dropping. Following the procedure, these same vessels and capillaries experience vasodilation to rush the blood back to the extremities. Toxins and other stored deposits are flushed out of the layers of the skin to be expelled, and blood perfusion is improved after several treatments.

The bottom line
Many HBOT clients experience improved, chemical-free detoxification by taking a 60-minute treatment to oxygenate and detoxify deep tissue, followed by a two-minute cryotherapy treatment to flush toxins from the skin and body. The possibilities, simply put, are endless.

Carolina Hyperbarics offers a unique and exclusive combination of HBOT and whole-body cryotherapy as an aid to detoxification, healing, and performance. The information provided in this article is not considered to be medical advice, nor is a cryotherapy sauna considered a medical device. HBOT for nonapproved/off-label indications is considered investigational. For more on the company, call (919) 729-4377 or visit nchbo.com.