What is Local Cryotherapy?
Localized Cryotherapy is simply the use of cryotherapy within a very specific area, homing in on the exact area of treatment. Although the methodology and physics behind it are the same as Whole Body CryoTherapy it is different because a directed air-nozzle is used to finesse the problem region rather than immersing the whole body into a cryo chamber. You leisurely lie down and our trained technician massages the area with a very cold nitrogen spray, carefully and slowly bringing the skin surface temperature to the exact sub-freezing level.
Local Cryotherapy reduces soreness and pain in muscles and joints, as well as reducing skin blemishes and post-surgery scarring. Localized cryo also relieves tendonitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, tennis elbow, sprains, and nerve pains in the back, legs, knees, or feet. Local cryo is loved by athletes and weekend warriors for speeding up recovery times. Most of these benefits are derived by reducing swelling and inflammation and doing it faster and better, more efficiently and more comfortably than icing.
Interestingly enough, local cryotherapy when used correctly can reduce cellulite as it uses the body's own fat burning mechanism to return the area to the body's natural temperature.
Frequently asked questions
How and Why Does Local CryoTherapy Work?
Localized Cryotherapy works for the same reason that an Ice Pack works when you put it on a sprained wrist or ankle, or when you put it on sore feet or muscles - by reducing the throbbing pain, inflammation, and constricting blood flow to the area temporarily - allowing your body to catch up and get back on top of the increasing shooting pain and natural inflammation your body is using to heal the injury or problem area.
If you'd like a scientific biological explanation or have a curiosity about the technical aspects of what happens to the body with Local Cryotherapy, we recommend you watch this very accurate video we found online.
Is Local Cryo Safe?
Which Is Better Whole Body CryoTherapy or Localized CryoTherapy?
What Is The Difference Between Using Ice Packs And Localized CryoTherapy?
It is TRUE that ice packs do help the swelling go down after injury. Ice Packs do this by reducing inflammation and causing the constriction of blood vessels which are throbbing as the blood delivers injury fighting, protecting and healing enzymes and nutrients to the area. Unfortunately, the body often gets into a runaway state and this causes excruciating pain. Ice Packs slow this process down, let your body catch up and the pain temporarily goes away. Yes, we humans have been using ice packs for 1000s of years. So why use localized CryoTherapy now, if ice packs work, why switch?
That's a good question, so let me explain. There are big differences between Local CryoTherapy and Ice Packs, and I am not about to get into the hardship of holding the bags of melting ice on the injury for an hour or more, making your hand as numb as the area you are trying to rid of pain.
One big difference is that it's not a wet feeling, so the cold doesn't numb you for hours afterwards, only to find out when the numbing stops the pain starts all over again. In fact, with localized cryotherapy once you are completed you can walk on those sore feet or use your hands or whatever muscles are injured almost immediately (within minutes) without numbness or pain. Well, unless you have a bone break, I guess you'd still have some pain, but if so you are in the wrong place, as broken bones are fixed at hospitals not at Ventura Cryo.
Oh, another big difference is that Local CryoTherapy works 10x's faster than ice packs, no need to spend 1-2 hours with ice packs melting when you can do all this in 10-minutes… oh wait, 2-hours is 12x's longer than ten minutes, so it actually works 12x's faster - well you do the math?
What Does Localized CryoTherapy Feel Like?
How Long Does It Last?
Can Localized CryoTherapy Work For Cellulite Reduction?
Yes, it can, and localized cryo works really good for this. We recommend a one-hour session. It starts with Whole Body CryoTherapy session of 3-minutes. Next, we target the areas of the body you wish to sculpt by reducing cellulite. By working on 3-4 specific areas and keeping those areas at exactly the right temperature for an hour, your body will turn those fat cells into heat energy, and even after the session, your body will continue to burn those fat cells to bring those areas back up to your body's normal temperature. Although this can be a little expensive, $200 for one hour, it's probably the best way to reduce cellulite and as long as you follow it up with a little exercise and proper diet, you will be quite pleased with the results. At Ventura Cryo, we'd love to be part of your transition to a new happier and healthier YOU.
Will My Health Insurance Pay For Local CryoTherapy Treatment?
Yes, no, maybe. Some health care insurance providers do pay for local cryotherapy treatments, especially if you've had a surgery and want to reduce post-surgery scarring, or if you have an ailment or medical condition. If you've had an implant or replacement joint, a doctor can recommend or sign-off on localized cryotherapy, often such treatments can then be paid from healthcare insurance. Some injuries or conditions like sprains, tendonitis, carpal tunnel, etc. are often covered. Of course, you'll need to do a little homework on this first and talk to your insurance provider. There are so many different plans and types of coverage it's hard to say what your particular status on this might be. We do expect in the future that localized cryotherapy will be covered for any type of physical therapy rehabilitation as well as any medical condition it can serve. Check your provider, you might be pleasantly surprised.