(Check out the video above for a quick tour of Family Health and Wellness of Plano) Last week, I tried cryotherapy (cryo) at Family Health and Wellness of Plano. I first heard about FHW Plano from an event at The Barre Code Plano and they asked me to come in and check out the treatment.
What is cryotherapy?
Cryo can be used to cure a variety of ailments. In its simplest form, it uses low temperatures to heal damaged tissues in the body and help with pain management (Info here).
Benefits of cryotherapy
FHW Plano lists several benefits here on their website. You can see them here. Below are just a few that I found interesting.
- Weight loss (500 – 800 calories/treatment)
- Overall skin improvement
- Decreased fatigue
- Increased energy
- Reduced symptoms of stress, burn-out, insomnia and depression
- Smoothes and reduces cellulite deposits
- Inhibits inflammation
- Reduces swelling
- Eases chronic pain
- Increases training intensity and athletic performance
My experience at Family Health and Wellness Plano
Patients do not need to schedule an appointment for a cryo session. I walked in and was greeted by a friendly receptionist. The office was clean and not crowded. Dr. Winningham picked me up from the waiting area and took me to an exam room (which was giant, by the way) to talk with me and take my blood pressure. We talked about cryo and what to expect.
We walked to the cryotherapy room and I saw the chamber. Dr. Winningham told me that I should wear gloves and socks and remove all other clothing. He left so I could get undressed, and I watched as the numbers on the machine decreased rapidly as I got ready.
There was a nice warm robe hanging up, so I put that on with my socks and climbed into the machine. The chamber was a large cylinder and the only thing exposed to outside was my head. I pushed the button to let the doctor know I was ready.
Dr. Winningham came in to start the treatment and noticed I was wearing the robe. He was patient with me and explained that I needed as much skin exposed, so I tossed him the robe over the machine. Apparently I also forgot to put on gloves, so he set me up with those. Although he explained it to me, I had no idea what to expect so I guess my ears just weren’t working. I now know how my students at school feel when they don’t understand directions. haha
It was freezing. Dr. Winningham asked me to turn around every beep during the three minutes in the machine. He talked with me (I am assuming to distract me from the freezing temperatures). The nitrogen gas didn’t bother me and the cold was only uncomfortable when I thought about it. Then, after three minutes, my time was up and it was over.
What I noticed
Not long after I left the clinic, I had the euphoric feeling wash over me. It reminded me of doing the cold plunge in Mexico (tingly sensations, blood flowing, etc.). My ankle pain was gone for a couple of days and my skin definitely felt better. Dr. Winningham told me that some people come in once a day for treatments, but that people notice decreased pains after just one session.
So, yes…you need to try cryotherapy. If you live in DFW, check out Family Health and Wellness of Plano and your first cryo session is only $20.
Have you tried cryo before? What did you think? Leave a comment!
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