Whether being promoted for athletes or as a spa, these facilities offer a therapeutic technique in which customers expose their body to cold temperatures to experience a variety of benefits.
Cryotherapy involves the use of low temperatures on the body for a therapeutic or medical purpose. The standard procedure of whole-body cryotherapy takes place in a cryogenic chamber. Syed Rashid, manager of Relief Express, a therapeutic facility in The Woodlands that offers cryotherapy, explained that the process works by having nitrogen gases pumped into the chamber and dropping the air temperature below minus 200 degrees within a minute.
“During this time, the participant’s body develops a flight-or-fight response,” Rashid said. “It releases hormones and endorphins, which is a great response. You come out of the chamber, and your blood is full of high endorphins and you have good energy and focus. The more you do this the more your cells can [combat] any aches and pains you have, which is great for athletic injuries.”
Rashid said that although the process is generally safe, a person should be aware of what they are doing and let the doctor or clinician conducting the cryotherapy chamber know of any current or past medical conditions they have that could potentially result in harmful effects of
1. Cryo Wellness Lab, 32411 FM 2978, Magnolia
2. Frost Cryo (coming soon), 1500 Research Forest Drive, Ste. 235, The Woodlands
3. Mobility Chiro Therapy, 25420 Kuykendahl Road, Ste. D500,
4. Sports Cryotherapy of The Woodlands, 8101 Kuykendhal Road, Ste. 300, The Woodlands
5. Relief Express, 10857 Kuykendahl Road, Ste. 120, The Woodlands
6. Revitalize 360, 2520 Research Forest Drive, The Woodlands