What is Whole Body Cryotherapy (WBC) ?
Cryotherapy is widely used within high-performance sport medicine departments. In the UK, more than 70% of current Premier League clubs have at least one cryo-chamber. Those chambers are a gold standard technique of cryotherapy which originated in Japan 40 years ago. In sports, it is used predominantly for player recovery from injuries due to trauma or overuse of musculoskeletal (MSK) tissue.
However, lately, several studies have confirmed its positive effect on pain relief, decreased inflammation, and increased psychological well-being. It is used to manage several medical conditions.
As a result, we have decided to bring the cryotherapy chamber to Cambridge and offer this service to the public and sporting population.
Recovery & Rehabilitation
Cryotherapy reduces inflammation. This key factor provides the capability for other therapies such as osteopathy & physiotherapy to counteract the progression of soft tissue injuries and to speed up the recovery process.
Health Benefits - Cryotherapy can enhance the immune system to counteract viruses and other forms of illnesses. Skin diseases such as eczema and psoriasis can be effectively treated using cryotherapy and the fluid shunting that takes place enhances blood circulation.
Cryotherapy acts as a natural analgesic, bringing much-needed pain relief to sufferers of chronic conditions and avoiding the potentially addictive session of using opioid painkillers.
Sleep & Relaxation
Sleep quality is enhanced using cryotherapy regularly, with positive effects on focus, attention, concentration, mood and overall mental health. The restorative power of sleep is supercharged using cryotherapy.
Beauty & Skincare
Cryotherapy drives major benefits in beauty & skincare, with the production of collagen in the skin, enhancing an anti-ageing skin care program. Smoothing out fine lines and wrinkles, cryotherapy helps to increase the impact and other beauty sessions such as cellulite reduction and spot sessions.
Weight Control & Fat reduction
Cryotherapy can enhance a weight reduction programme by boosting the metabolic rate. As the body counteracts the cold session, it turns to white “bad” fat to burn as energy to generate heat. This effect carries on after leaving the chamber.
Is Cryotherapy safe?
Although a temperature such as -110 degrees Celsius for three minutes sounds extreme, a number of safety procedures have been introduced to minimise any adverse reaction.
Pre-screening medical questionnaire (link) (if you are unsure if you can participate, contact your GP),
Blood pressure check on site,
Glasses, hearing aids, earrings and body piercing should be removed.
It is advised for the participant to have dry hair (towels and hats are provided if needed). Any sweat on the skin can lead to frostbite, therefore, it is best to grab a shower/bath before visiting us. There are shower facilities on-site, just in case.
A participant can leave at any time via a door. There is an emergency shut off button in the chamber and for the entire treatment you will be supervised by a therapist. We will talk to you over the microphone and observe in the window by the operating panel.
Our unit has a pre-chamber, which is set at -60 degrees Celsius. We will encourage you to try it first at your initial consultation and when ready, you will step into the main chamber (~110C) after 30-45s.
Furthermore, our chamber is custom-built for up to four people so you don’t need to do it on your own. It has a camera system to see that everyone is well and safe. There will be music playing from the speaker to keep you moving!
Lastly, Light Blue Clinic Ltd and its staff have been fully certified and insured to provide the safest treatment to all patients.