Why should you FREEZE yourself with Upgraded Cryotherapy for three minutes a day?

I know, I know…why in the frozen-over-hell would you want to undress in some futuristic facility to hop in an ice chamber and freeze yourself for three minutes? If you give it a chance and test your chill limits, you might be surprised by your results! 

Cryotherapy was originally used to help treat chronic conditions such as multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis, however it has now hit the mainstream for sports performance recovery and is much more widely popular for the masses. Related, ice or cold therapy (think R.I.C.E.) has been used since 1978 as a first-aid treatment to manage inflammation and discomfort with injuries. This age-tested ice method has since evolved to whole body cryotherapy, and new studies are suggesting that there is more to cryotherapy than reducing pain associated with injuries and sore muscles! 

So tell me, why should I be coming in to Upgrade Labs to get my chill on? 

In this controlled study published on the National Center for Biotechnology Information, cryotherapy has been found to modify many important biochemical and physiological parameters in athletes. Also according to this study, there is evidence from animal models to suggest that cryotherapy can have a consistent effect on some important cellular and physiological events associated with inflammation after injury. These events include cell metabolism, white blood cell activity within the vascular system, and potentially apoptosis (a process of programmed cell death that occurs in multicellular organisms).

Exposure to cryotherapy mimics exercise since it affects myokines expression – which are produced and released by muscle cells in response to muscular contractions; myokines aid in tissue regeneration and repair and in maintaining your healthy bodily functions – in the same way a workout would. This means cryotherapy can be an excellent therapy choice for those with obesity and type 2 diabetes. From a biochemical point of view, cryotherapy hasn’t always shown significant differences in controlled studies – however pain, soreness, stress, and post-exercise recovery is very often improved. Who doesn’t want less pain and stress, or to recover faster?!

Cryotherapy has been proven to induce tissue-temperature reductions, meaning it makes your skin, muscles, organs, and connective tissues super cold (obviously!). The important piece is that this translates to a positive influence on inflammation in the body, your antioxidant capacity, and your autonomic nervous system function during your performance recovery.

Now you’re probably wondering, so what?! Why do I want those results?! What does that all mean?! 

Let me break it down for you in 3 amazing benefits:

1. Reducing Inflammation: Cryotherapy has been proven to decrease pro-inflammatory cytokines – that are important in cell signaling, their release has an effect on the behavior of cells around them – and also has shown positive effects on muscular enzymes associated with muscle damage (creatine kinase and lactate dehydrogenase).

2. Antioxidant Capacity: Cryotherapy has been proven to produce adaptive changes in antioxidant status. Brief repeated exposure to cold can benefit athletes by activating adaptive homeostatic (the tendency of the body to seek and maintain a condition of balance or equilibrium within its internal environment, even when faced with external changes) mechanisms, meaning there is generally a favorable biological response to low exposures to toxins and other stressors. This can be similar to the improvement in antioxidant response associated with regular exposure to cold-water swimming. Put simply, hop in our cryo chamber to boost your antioxidants (YAS!) and counteract those free-radicals after your chill session!

3. Autonomic Nervous System: Finding efficient ways to influence the autonomic nervous system is a growing field in sports recovery. Your autonomic system is a control system in your body that regulates your bodily functions such as your heart rate, digestion, respiratory rate, pupillary response, urination, and arousal. It is your fight or flight response system! Essentially, your autonomic system influences the function of your internal organs – a very important job! Cryotherapy has shown to have a positive response on this entire system. That’s a HUGE WIN! 

Important to note from the studies: the cooling effectiveness of cryotherapy depends on the percentage of fat mass of the person as well as the starting fitness level. Also, there were no adverse events associated with whole body cryotherapy! Cryotherapy is safe (when administered properly by a trained technician) and has not shown any detrimental effects on cardiac or immunological functions.

At Upgrade Labs, we are dedicated to helping you along your journey to wellness. Whether that means formulating a plan for you to lose some extra weight, upping your strength & stamina in record-breaking time, pushing you beyond the limits you thought possible, alleviating stress and anxiety, boosting your immune system, or consulting you on purchasing a biohack for your home – our entire staff is dedicated to helping you UPGRADE your life, and become more superhuman. To put it simply, we want to help you KICK MORE ASS!

One of the best parts about the Lab is the ability to “stack” our biohacks back-to-back, offering you maximum benefits and recovery. We have it all under one roof! Go from our REDcharger to our Upgraded Cryotherapy, and instantly #upgrade your body. Give us a call (310-314-0013) or email us to learn more, we would love to share our knowledge with you!