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Rejuvination: Cryotherapy

April 1, 2016

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(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

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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. love you more too north dallas blogger plano lifestyle blogger cryotherapy health and wellness of plano

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.

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Julie, Barre Code Plano owner, during her cryotherapy session

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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  • Lindsay April 1, 2016 at 6:08 am

    I’ve always been intrigued by cryotherapy but truthfully, never looked into it. Seems interesting and something I’d like to try a few times.
    Have a great weekend Hun. 🙂

    • Jessica April 1, 2016 at 7:58 am

      You too, girl! It really is worth checking out. My husband has arthritis in his back and they told me that he would notice a huge difference after just 2-3 sessions.

  • Crazy shenanigans April 1, 2016 at 7:09 am

    I thought about trying this when I was in Vegas! It’s so interesting that the cold actually helps!

    • Jessica April 1, 2016 at 7:59 am

      Right? Next time you have a chance, you should try it. 🙂

  • Neely (@Neelykins) April 1, 2016 at 2:38 pm

    I have a 5 session gift card Ive never used

    • Jessica April 1, 2016 at 2:52 pm

      You need to try it! I already want to go back. haha. 🙂

  • Sheryl April 1, 2016 at 2:58 pm

    I am a huge wimp in regards to anything cold but I have heard of the great benefit. How often do they recommend treatments? (I suppose it depends upon what you are coming in with).

  • dixya @food, pleasure, and health April 2, 2016 at 8:08 am

    i have not done cryotherapy..as a matter of fact, i only heard about it recently and had been wondering how its like. thanks for sharing your experience..for only $20, i might give it a shot sometime.

    • Jessica April 3, 2016 at 12:42 pm

      You should definitely give it a try. 🙂 It is worth $20 for sure!