The cold that soothes and heals

For over 4 decades, doctors have been using Cryotherapy as a proven natural healing treatment to combat inflammation and pain in many medical conditions including inflammatory disorders, anxiety, joint pain, back pain and chronic conditions, such as psoriatic arthritis, fibromyalgia and ankylosing spondylitis.

The term ‘Cryotherapy’ was first used in 1908 to describe the treatment of skin lesions with very low temperatures. However, the first cryogenic chamber was constructed in Japan in 1978 to successfully treat rheumatoid arthritis. It quickly became apparent that many joints and muscles throughout the body responded well to extreme cold. As a result German and Polish medical pioneers continued to perfect Whole Body Cryotherapy developing it into the safe, drug-free medical treatment that we now know today.

How it works

Inflammation in the form of pain, heat, redness and swelling is the body’s protective response to harmful stimuli, such as damaged cells. Some inflammation is helpful and part of the healing process but in many autoimmune diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis, the reaction is extreme.

Whole Body Cryotherapy reduces inflammation, promotes rapid healing and minimises acute pain in just 3 minutes. It works on joint pain, stiffness and swelling in a similar way to an ice pack but the effects are immediate, powerful and lasting.

Exposing the body to intense cold for a short period activates a powerful survival mechanism that causes the blood vessels near the skin to contract (vasoconstriction) and reroute the blood to major organs to maintain your core body temperature. During this process, your blood fills with oxygen, nutrients and healing enzymes. On leaving the Cryotherapy Chamber, the blood vessels dilate (vasodilation) and the enriched blood rushes back to the skin. Oxygenated blood is circulated and anti-inflammatories released to help relieve pain (the ‘analgesia’ effect) and soothe swollen joints.

In addition to being pain-free, the release of ‘feel good’ endorphins means you will leave the Cryo clinic feeling positive and relaxed.

Proven clinical research

There have been numerous scientific studies about the benefits of Cryotherapy, particularly its positive effects on pain and inflammation. All have concluded that it is not harmful or detrimental in any way. Some of the significant findings include:

  • In a study of patients with adhesive capsulitis (also known as frozen shoulder) there was a greater improvement in pain relief, shoulder function and range of movement in patients who were treated with Whole Body Cryotherapy (WBC) and physiotherapy than those patients who did physiotherapy alone.
  • There was a significant reduction in pain for patients suffering fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, chronic low back pain, ankylosing spondylitis and osteoarthritis who underwent WBC. The study concluded that WBC was an ‘essential part of the rehabilitation programme'.
  • Pain and disease activity was decreased significantly in patients with rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis and psoriatic arthritis following WBC. A decrease was also seen in the inflammation causing proteins TNF-alpha and IL-1.
  • A group of male and female patients with rheumatic diseases who underwent regular WBC experienced a significant reduction of pain over a period of two months.
  • In a study of male patients with ankylosing spondylitis, it was concluded that WBC as a component of therapy produces significant improvements in spinal mobility parameters compared to patients who didn’t use it.
  • A group of elderly men with back pain who participated in WBC showed a significant increase in the range of the lumbar spine mobility, in comparison to the group that did not use it.

See references below.
Cryo Plans

We have a package of sessions depending on your health needs. While one session will leave you feeling pain-free and energised, maximum results are obtained with repeated treatments. Our Cryo Technicians are able to tailor an individualised health program for you based on your requirements. Please call us on 1300 33 2796 now.

Single session

Immediate relief for inflammation

$90.00 per session

3 sessions

Recommended for pain relief – Only $225.00

$75.00 per session

10 Pack

For chronic condition management – Only $650.00

$65.00 per session

20 Pack

For those needing ongoing relief – Only $1000

$50.00 per session

SUBSCRIPTION

Subscribe for 12 Sessions – $570/month

$47.50 per session

Cryo Gift Cards
Cryo whole body cryotherapy gift cards are available in the MindBody store. You are able to give 1, 3, 10 and 20 Session gift cards. You can even gift an ongoing Monthly Subscription which provides 12 sessions per month. You will be able to select a card, personalise the message, schedule it to be sent electronically on the special day or print it manually.
Perfect for birthdays, special occasions, anniversaries, christmas, father's or mother's day.
FAQs

What can I expect when I visit CRYO?

On a visit to CRYO’s modern and secure rooms at Edgecliff in Sydney’s East, you will be well looked after by our professional and highly trained therapists. As part of our personalised service, you will be asked about your health and any injuries you may have and what you would like to achieve from your Cryo session.

You will enter our Cryosauna − an open-topped chamber about the size of a small shower. Your body will be briefly enveloped in a fine nitrogen mist and safely cooled to approximately −140°c for up to 3 minutes. Most people experience immediate relief from any pain or inflammation, which may last for up to 48 hours or even longer.

What do I wear?

You will be provided with a robe, gloves and slippers and asked to undress in a changing room. The more skin exposed the better – most men wear boxers or shorts and women opt for similar with a sports bra (wire-free) or t-shirt rolled up. It is entirely up to your own personal level of comfort.

Is it safe?

Yes, nitrogen is a non-toxic gas that makes up over 70% of the air we breathe. Your head is above the chamber at all times and your hands and feet are well protected by slippers and gloves. A trained medical grade therapist stays with you throughout the session monitoring your body’s response. Oxygen monitors, alarms and other safeguards are also used to track your progress and ensure that you don’t exceed the allowed time. You are able to leave the Cryosauna at any time. Rest assured, client safety is our primary concern.

How long will the effects last?

Most people feel a reduction in pain while they are undergoing the treatment. The positive effects can last anywhere from 5 to 8 hours or up to a few days or longer.

How often should I have a Cryo session?

Depending on your physical condition, you will feel immediate relief from pain, plus improved energy and elevated mood due to the rush of ‘feel good’ endorphins. Bear in mind however that maximum results are obtained with repeated treatments. Research has shown that you will experience improved and cumulative benefits with a minimum of 10 sessions within a 2 or 3 week period. We are happy to tailor a personalised program based on your requirements and goals.

Is Cryotherapy suitable for everyone?

Generally Cryotherapy is a safe and effective treatment for most people seeking relief from pain and inflammation, however it is not suitable for women who are pregnant or anyone who has:

  • hypertension
  • a pacemaker
  • a heart condition
  • deep vein thrombosis
  • cold allergy
  • cancer (or previously had cancer).

If you are concerned about any conditions you have that may prevent you from undergoing Cryo treatment, please check with your doctor.

References

1.Ma SY, Jeong JH, Kim HY, Kim HD. Effects of whole-body cryotherapy in the management of adhesive capsulitis of the shoulder. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2013 Jan; 94(1): 9-16. Downloaded: 9/2/2016. Available online: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22850489

2. Metzger D, Zwingmann C, Protz W, Jackel WH. Whole-body cryotherapy in rehabilitation of patients with rheumatoid diseases. Rehabilitation (Stuttg). 2000 Apr; 39(2): 93-100. Downloaded: 9/2/2016. Available online: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10832164

3. Lange U, Uhlemann C, Mulle-Ladner U. Serial Whole-Body Cryotherapy in the Criostream for Inflammatory Rheumatic Diseases. A Pilot Study. Med Klin (Munich). 2008 Jun 15; 103(6): 383-8. Downloaded: 9/2/2016. Available online: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18548207 4.Stanke A, Sieron A, Cieslar B, Matyszkiewicz, Rozmus-Kuczia I. The impact of whole-body cryotherapy on parameters of spinal mobility in patients with ankylosing spondylitis. Ortop Traumatol Rehabil. 2005 Oct 30; 7(5): 549-54.Downloaded: 9/2/2016. Available online: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17611448

4. Braun KP, Brookman-Amissah S, Geissler K, et.al. Whole body cryotherapy in patients with inflammatory rheumatic disease. A prospective study. Med Klin (Munich). 2009 Mar 15; 104(3): 192-6. Downloaded 9/2/2016. Available online: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19337708

5. Giemza CMatczak-Giemza MOstrowska BBieć EDoliński M. Effect of cryotherapy on the lumbar spine in elderly men with back pain. Aging Male. 2014 Sep; 17(3): 183-8. Downloaded: 9/2/2016. Available online: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24304196

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How to find Cryo
  • Cryo is located at 226 New South Head Rd, Edgecliff NSW 2027. Find us on Google Maps
  • Parking: Two hours free parking, 7 days a week is available at Eastpoint Food Fair; carpark entrance is via New McLean Street, Edgecliff. From there it is a short walk across the road to the Cryo clinic.
  • Train: Cryo is conveniently located opposite Edgecliff train station; T4 Eastern Suburbs & Illawarra Line. For information on train timetables or planning your trip, visit the Transport NSW website or phone: 131 500.
  • Bus: The Edgecliff bus interchange is conveniently located opposite Cryo serving the following bus routes: 200, 323, 324, 325, 326, 327 & 328. For information on bus timetables or planning your trip, visit the Transport NSW website or phone: 131 500.
  • Ferry: Cryo is about a 15 min walk (900m) from Double Bay Wharf, connecting Circular Quay to Watsons Bay. Buses regularly run from the wharf to New South Head Road. For more information, visit the Transport NSW website or phone: 131 500.