Cryotherapy for Weight Loss: Why it Works

Why is whole body cryotherapy so effective for weight loss? The answer is multi-tiered…

During whole body cryotherapy the client is exposed to temperatures in the range of -120 to -145 Celsius. This translates to approximately -200 to -235 Fahrenheit. The process is not painful as the cold air is extremely dry—in the absence of moisture, extreme cold is very tolerable. We characterize it as numbing, as opposed to painful. It’s a very superficial cold—not bone-chilling at all. It’s much more tolerable than a wet, 40 degree day in New Jersey!

The exposure to extreme cold triggers the fight or flight process in humans. Our brains receive the signal from our skin that the air is extremely cold. The essence of whole body cryotherapy is that we can derive all of the benefits of the fight or flight process without actually being in any kind of danger. Since whole body cryotherapy sessions are limited to 3 minutes, there is no risk to clients from the cold.

The three ways in which whole body cryotherapy causes weight loss are related to our responses to the cold temperatures.

The first response is the sheer caloric burn. When your skin is cooled significantly (in the case of whole body cryotherapy, the skin cools to a temperature of roughly 35 degrees Fahrenheit) it takes a lot of energy to reheat. As a result, a single three minute whole body cryotherapy session can burn between 500 to 800 calories. These calories are not burned only during the 3 minute session—the full reheating process can take up to an hour so you continue to burn lots and lots of calories even after the treatment is over.

The second response is metabolic. A component of the fight or flight process is to increase the metabolic rate in an effort to create more energy. Your brain is very smart and part of the fight or flight process is to create this energy boost so that you are able to fight effectively or flee quickly from the perceived danger (in this case cold). This metabolic increase is an excellent tool for weight loss. Aging, hormonal imbalances, lifestyle—these can all decrease our metabolisms. Whole body cryotherapy is an excellent antidote—clients find that they are burning more calories passively for 3 to 6 days after a whole body cryotherapy session. In the long run, metabolism can be permanently increased with consistent treatments.

The final side effect of whole body cryotherapy that aids in weight loss is the triggered release of endorphins and other biochemicals. This is also part of the fight or flight process initiated by whole body cryotherapy. One of the biochemicals released is called alpha-MSH or alpha-melanocyte stimulating hormone. This hormone has a very unique and valuable function: it suppresses appetite!! Many of our clients have noticed a significant decrease in their appetite following cryotherapy treatment.

Whole body cryotherapy is an extremely powerful tool for weight loss. The high calorie burn, the metabolic increase and the appetite suppression work together synergistically to stimulate weight loss in users. We have seen dramatic weight loss results from just 10 sessions.

Please consider whole body cryotherapy if you are searching for a weight loss tool. CoeurCryo is located in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. We are open 5 days a week and have extremely flexible hours. We are always happy to create a customized weight loss protocol for our individual clients.

Cryotherapy Reduces Appearance of Varicose and Spider Veins

Varicose Veins…say bye bye!

If you suffer from varicose veins, you may believe the only way to eliminate them is through painful surgery. You’d be wrong. Varicose veins can be extremely painful and leave you embarrassed to wear any clothing that reveals your legs. While only you and your doctor can make the final decision, there are alternatives that are easier and far less painful than undergoing surgery. While some of these alternatives include diet and exercise, there is also a more efficient treatment for varicose veins.

What causes varicose veins?

Genetics do play a role in the development of varicose and spider veins. But it is not the sole cause….

  1. Age: As you get older, your veins can lose elasticity, causing them to stretch. The valves in your veins may become weak, allowing blood that should be moving toward your heart to flow backward. Blood pools in your veins, and your veins enlarge and become varicose. The veins appear blue because they contain deoxygenated blood, which is in the process of being recirculated through the lungs.
  2. Pregnancy: Pregnancy increases the volume of blood in your body, but decreases the flow of blood from your legs to your pelvis. This circulatory change is designed to support the growing fetus, but it can produce an unfortunate side effect — enlarged veins in your legs. Varicose veins may surface for the first time or may worsen during late pregnancy, when your uterus exerts greater pressure on the veins in your legs. Changes in your hormones during pregnancy also may play a role. Varicose veins that develop during pregnancy generally improve without medical treatment three to 12 months after delivery.
  3. Excessive Weight: Weight also contributes to the development of varicose and spider veins–additional weight puts pressure on veins and blood vessels trapping blood and leading to the appearance of these veins.
  4. Standing or sitting for long periods of time without moving your legs. Blood doesn’t flow as well if you’re in the same position for long periods.

Improve your circulation to prevent or improve varicose veins.

Exercise and weight loss contribute to improving circulation in your legs, which will alleviate varicose veins. Eating foods higher in fiber, omega-3 and co-enzyme Q-10 can also help. Whole body and local cryotherapyhave also been shown to improve blood circulation and vein elasticity in the legs. The reason is that cryotherapy causes vasoconstriction of blood vessels and veins–this pushes pooled blood out of veins and blood vessels. When the body warms up, vasodilation occurs and fresh blood flows through these veins and blood vessels–this sequence can actually evacuate the veins and blood vessels of trapped blood that is causing the look of varicose and spider veins.  Additionally, the vasoconstriction/vasodilation sequence actually “exercises” your veins creating more elasticity.

You may see a marked improvement in the appearance of varicose veins following cryotherapy. Cryotherapy stimulates circulation, which helps improve their overall appearance. The cold causes vasoconstriction of blood vessels and veins which can evacuate them of trapped blood. You may also see a marked improvement in spider veins. Spider veins are simply small dilated capillaries that are very responsive to the vasoconstriction caused by cryotherapy

Cryotherapy can activate weight loss and corresponding improvement in varicose veins:

Cryotherapy sessions burn between 500 and 800 calories and have been shown to boost the metabolic rate. Losing weight relieves some of the pressure on veins and can help pooled blood flow more freely through the legs. This may improve the appearance of varicose and spider veins.

Better yet—cryotherapy has been shown to reduce fat deposits and cellulite—so in addition to fewer visible veins, you may lose inches and experience smoother skin!

How to Use Cryotherapy & NormaTec Dynamic Compression to Enhance Athletic Performance, Improve Health, and Reduce Cellulite & Varicose Veins

External dynamic compression therapy has been used since the 1960s to enhance the body’s natural circulatory and lymphatic systems. More recently, a rehab physician and bioengineer recognized the value of external compression for health, fitness, and cosmetic objectives. Dr. Laura Jacobs developed NormaTec Dynamic Compression initially to treat chronic wounds, lymphedema, and other circulatory diseases. What she found is that, while NormaTec dynamic compression sleeves are excellent for improving these medical conditions, they are also excellent for improving athletic recovery and performance and for improving cosmetic appearance and health. Currently, NormaTec compression systems are used to:

  1. accelerate athletic muscle recovery;
  2. reduce swelling and inflammation (post-operatively too);
  3. prevent and minimize varicose and spider veins;
  4. reduce cellulite and tighten loose, sagging skin.

The Normatec dynamic compression system is like a massage—both traditional and lymphatic drainage. The NormaTec system utilizes sequential pulsing of compressed air that massages, mobilizes fluid, evacuates lactic acid, inflammation, fat, and other byproducts. The system uses three techniques to facilitate this process; pulsing, gradients, and distal release.

Sequential pulsing essentially mimics the muscle pump of the legs and arms moving inflammation, fluid, fat, and metabolites out which is key in healing after an intense workout, surgery, disease, infrared sauna or cryotherapy. The sequential pulsing is divided into 6 zones to create a pressure gradient; the system uses a “hold pressure” technique that keeps fluids from being forced back in the wrong direction. The sequential pulse technology releases the hold pressure so the limb gains maximal rest time between compression cycles.

The ChillRx NormaTec system offers attachments for legs, hips, arms, and shoulders and has minimal associated risks; risks are equivalent to those associated with a standard massage. The intensity and duration of treatment are set based on the needs or desires of the client. Sessions generally run thirty to sixty minutes.

CoeurCryo recommends NormaTec utilization of post-cryotherapy or pre-infrared sauna to maximize the benefits of these treatments. NormaTec can be used prior to physical exertion to enhance performance—compression warms muscles and improves flexibility, helping to prevent injury. Utilizing NormaTec post-physical exertion helps improve recovery time allowing for more intense training and less pain.

CoeurCryo offers NormaTec as a stand-alone treatment or combined with cryotherapy and/or an infrared sauna. We recommend NormaTec post-cryotherapy and pre-infrared sauna because of its ability to enhance the benefits of these treatments.

Here’s how it works: Cryotherapy is extremely effective for mobilizing inflammation in the body. The physical action of cold causes vasoconstriction which physically pumps inflammation out of blood vessels, muscles and tissue. Cryotherapy also stimulates an anti-inflammatory biochemical response which reduces inflammation at the cellular level throughout the body. Both of these effects mobilize inflammation from cells throughout the body; NormaTec compression will facilitate the evacuation of this inflammation through the lymphatic and circulatory systems. It is an incredibly powerful combination and will significantly enhance the effects of cryotherapy treatment.

Similarly, CoeurCryo recommends NormaTec dynamic compression before and/or after infrared sauna treatment. The infrared sauna uses infrared light and heat to detoxify heavy metals, fat, and inflammation from tissues, muscles, organs, and cells. Compression post-infrared sauna will facilitate the evacuation of these unwanted substances from the body through the lymphatic and circulatory systems.

Who should use NormaTec Dynamic Compression?

What is Lymphedema?

Lymphedema is swelling that may occur in arms or legs, usually after lymph node removal or damage during cancer treatment. It can lead to skin infections and interfere with activities of daily living but can be treated effectively with cryotherapy and NormaTec dynamic compression.

What are Chronic, Non-Healing Wounds?

Poor circulation in the legs, often due to diabetes, can cause non-healing wounds and cellulitis. Cryotherapy combined with NormaTec can effectively treat chronic wounds and reduce wound recurrence.

What is Venous Insufficiency

Venous Insufficiency, where blood flow through the veins is impaired, can lead to swelling, pain, varicose veins, and even ulcers. Cryotherapy, infrared sauna, and NormaTec help restore circulation and treat venous insufficiency.

What is Prevention of DVT?

Deep vein thrombosis is a blood clot in a vein deep in the body. Research has shown that DVT can be prevented with regular use of the NormaTec dynamic compression system.

Other Vascular Disorders

NormaTec dynamic compression therapy improves circulation and can help treat many other vascular disorders.

CoeurCryo can recommend a treatment program for medical conditions, cosmetic objectives, and athletic enhancement utilizing cryotherapy and NormaTec dynamic compression. Please call us with your questions!! 208-449-7671.

Want To Say Buh Bye To Cellulite?

TRY HEAT, FREEZE & SQUEEZE AT COEURCRYO!

Cellulite. It is a dirty word. Between 80 – 90 percent of women get it while the percentage of men with cellulite is less than 10%. The exact cause of cellulite is not known but medical experts believe it is a combination of 7 factors:

  1. Poor circulation/lymphatic drainage/toxin accumulation
  2. Inflammation
  3. Oxidative damage
  4. Collagen deterioration
  5. Fat accumulation
  6. Glycation
  7. Scar tissue formation

Thankfully CoeurCryo has a solution to address ALL 7 of these risk factors for cellulite—so YOU can feel great about your gorgeous body!

For cellulite reduction, CoeurCryo offers a three-step process called Heat, Freeze & Squeeze. Since we've been in business, we have MANY clients who have reduced fat & cellulite all over their bodies using this 3-step protocol.

Heat, Freeze, & Squeeze is a combination treatment that starts with heat therapy. We have a full-specturm infrared sauna which uses infrared heat to directly increase the temperature of your fat tissue, leading to a huge calorie burn, metabolic boost AND fat tissue destruction! CoeurCryo's infrared sauna is a 40-minute treatment and includes full body red light therapy which builds collagen in the skin….

The ice part of our Heat, Freeze, & Squeeze treatment is a 3-minute whole body cryotherapy treatment. Whole body cryotherapy involves exposing your (naked) body to temperatures between -149 to -321 F. Cryotherapy is colder than Mars!! Cryotherapy has many benefits including inflammation reduction, pain relief, and weight loss!! A single 3-minute whole body cryotherapy can burn up to 800 calories, boost metabolism and increase mental and physical energy!

So how does Heat, Freeze, & Squeeze help get rid of YOUR cellulite??

Let’s tackle each risk factor one at a time….

  1. Poor circulation/lymphatic drainage/toxin accumulation. Fire & ice improves circulation, and lymphatic drainage and detoxifies toxins in the following ways. Our infrared sauna & slim pod improve blood & lymph circulation by dilating blood & lymph vessels. After infrared therapy, cryotherapy works in the opposite way by vasoconstricting blood & lymph vessels. This contrast therapy creates a pumping action within the blood & lymph circulatory systems to not only improve circulation but to also detoxify waste products and toxins. This vasodilation/vasoconstriction sequence improves Infrared heat and is independently a well-known toxin-detoxifier as infrared heat penetrates fat cells and releases fat-soluble toxins to be detoxified through the blood & lymphatic systems.
  2. Inflammation: Infrared heat improves circulation which promotes the healing of injuries, relieves inflammation, and protects against oxidative stress. Whole body cryotherapy is extremely anti-inflammatory: cold exposure triggers strong biomechanical and biochemical responses in the body leading to a huge reduction in local and system-wide inflammation! The combination of infrared therapy with cryotherapy can significantly reduce inflammation throughout the body, including wherever cellulite is found—leading to a reduction in the appearance of cellulite!
  3. Oxidative damage: whole body cryotherapy specifically triggers a 200 – 300% increase in norepinephrine in the brain and in the body. Norepinephrine is clinically proven to reverse oxidative damage by working as a free-radical scavenger. Since oxidative damage is a cause of cellulite, whole body cryotherapy has significant potential to reduce cellulite through its stimulation of norepinephrine.
  4. Collagen deterioration: Numerous studies have shown that infrared heat can increase collagen & elastin in the skin, leading to visible improvement in skin texture and thickness! Additionally, cold temperature exposure as found in whole body cryotherapy reduces the collagen-degrading enzyme collagenase. So while infrared heat stimulates fibroblasts & collagen production in the skin, cryotherapy can halt the degradation of collagen, leading to an improvement in cellulite!
  5. Fat accumulation: Infrared saunas can burn up to 500 calories and increase metabolism. Whole body cryotherapy can burn up to 800 calories and boost metabolism. The combination of heat & cold can burn tons of calories AND boost metabolism leading to significant fat & weight loss with consistent usage.
  6. Glycation is caused by the presence of excess glucose in skin fibers. This excess glucose triggers an internal reaction in which sugar molecules adhere to collagen and elastin proteins, leading to their deterioration. Both infrared heat and cryotherapy stimulate new collagen production thus potentially reversing glycation and reducing cellulite!
  7. Scar tissue formation—there are many clinical studies showing that inflammation is the trigger for scar tissue formation. Reducing inflammation can not only reduce the formation of scar tissue, it can actually help degrade existing scar tissue! Since infrared heat therapy and cryotherapy are highly anti-inflammatory, they are also highly effective at reducing the appearance of cellulite by also reducing scar tissue!

Wonder why cellulite gets worse with age? For women, as we age our estrogen levels drop which has a negative effect on blood vessels—leading to poor circulation. As mentioned above, poor circulation and toxin build-up are believed to be a cause of cellulite. Older women can counteract this hormonal shift by including Heat, Freeze, & Squeeze in their daily or weekly self-care. You don’t have to live with Cellulite! CoeurCryo Can Help!

Want to give it a try for yourself? We offer a new client sampler that includes one 1st time treatment for each of our core 3 treatments for just $75: whole body cryotherapy, infrared sauna, and normatec compression.

You don't have to live with cellulite! At CoeurCryo we make it easy and affordable for our clients to access the treatments they want and need! Our treatments really do work: all you have to do is give us a try!