Local, or spot cryotherapy is used to treat problematic areas with a stream of nitrogen vapors with the temperature down to -130°C. Due to the low temperatures reached by local cryo devices a session takes no more than 10 minutes in contrast with conventional icing. It is a safe and quick treatment, painless and relaxing.
Unlike whole-body cryotherapy, where a user has to stand in the cabin, during a local cryotherapy session a user comfortably lays or sits down. This is an effective option for users with injuries which prevent them from standing, like ankle sprains.
In addition, as the treatment focuses on an isolated surface area it does not affect blood vessels in the whole body which is good news for people with poor cardiovascular health who are not eligible for WBC.
While whole-body cryotherapy stimulates cold receptors all over the body to trigger system-wide response, some parts of the body may require increased focus. That is where local cryotherapy steps in. It is a perfect treatment for specific joints or muscle groups. Almost any part of the body can be treated. Some of the most common areas include the neck, lower back, shoulder, elbow, wrist, hip, knee, ankle and heel for plantar fasciitis.
Spot cryotherapy can be administered for aesthetic and weight loss purposes to tighten skin and boost collagen production. As localized therapy is known to promote blood circulation, it is helpful in cellulite reduction.
Cryo facials involve cooling down the skin on the face, scalp and neck. These treatments work from within to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, as well as get rid of blemishes and spots. Cryo facials improve skin tone, reduce redness and puffiness.
By rapidly cooling down the skin in isolated areas, localized cryotherapy alleviates pain, decreases inflammation and swelling. It is helpful for chronic pain due to arthritis or inflammatory conditions.
Spot cryotherapy is a great tool to enhance post-surgery or post-injury recovery. It encourages and speeds up your body’s healing process and repairs tissue damage.
Spot cryotherapy can be administered when and where needed, e.g. during competitions, due to mobility and compact size of cryogenic blowers. It is a more powerful, efficient and time-saving alternative to icing.
Many athletes use it for prevention as well as to treat injuries common for people who engage in sports or physical activity. Cold naturally relieves pains and aches, and a rush of oxygenated blood due to improved circulation promotes healing and recovery.