Sculptology is excited to offer men and women of the Bay Area the option to be available to immerse themselves in our state-of-the-art whole-body cryotherapy chamber. Cryotherapy is an amazing alternative treatment option that can provide relief from a variety of conditions, including pain, inflammation, and anxiety. But how long does the pain relief from cryotherapy last? Let’s take a look.

How Does Cryotherapy Work? 

Whole-body cryotherapy (WBC) is a brief exposure to extremely cold temperatures. At Sculptology, our cryotherapy chamber lowers the air temperature around the body to anywhere between -200°F and -320°F, and sessions last about 2-3 minutes.

Cold exposure triggers the release of endorphins, which can produce a feeling of euphoria. It also causes a release of adrenaline and other hormones that can boost energy levels and help the body burn calories.  Whole-body cryotherapy can be used to treat conditions like arthritis, fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, anxiety, and depression. Others use it for things like muscle soreness, inflammation, and even weight loss.

How Long Do the Effects of Cryotherapy Last?

It doesn’t take long to feel the effects of cryotherapy and to experience the benefits. Your capillaries will expand to deliver oxygen-rich and nutrient-dense blood throughout your body, with increased circulation. Cryotherapy works by causing your body to go into survival mode because when you’re exposed to such extremely cold temperatures, your body constricts blood vessels in an effort to preserve heat. This process causes a release of endorphins, which are hormones that block pain signals from the brain. As a result, you may feel an immediate reduction in pain and inflammation following a cryotherapy treatment. The energized effects of increased endorphins typically last between six to eight hours after treatment, but the more often you undergo treatment, the longer that endorphin-high lasts.

In addition, cold therapy triggers a process called thermogenesis, which is when your body burns calories to produce heat. Thermogenesis boosts metabolism and can help you burn up to 500 extra calories per day for up to 2 weeks following a cryotherapy session. 

When it comes to pain management, the length of time you feel the lasting effects of cryotherapy depends on the intensity of the treatment and the condition being treated. For example, if you receive cryotherapy for an injury, the pain relief may last a few hours. However, if you receive cryotherapy for arthritis, the pain relief may last a few days. In general, the more severe the condition, the longer the effects of cryotherapy will last. 

Cryotherapy At Sculptology

To summarize, the lasting effects of cryotherapy are both short-term and long-term. You can expect to see immediate benefits like reduced pain and inflammation, as well as long-term benefits like increased metabolism. If you’re looking for a treatment that offers both short-term and long-term results, cryotherapy at Sculptology is definitely worth considering! Come see us for a complimentary consultation at our beautiful Lafayette location, and we’ll craft a custom treatment plan for your wellness needs. Call us at 925-329-6333, fill out our contact form, or check us out on Facebook or Instagram.