Cryotherapy – a cool way to rid inflammation

An alternative therapy gaining in popularity is Cryotherapy – the practice of using cold temperatures to promote natural healing and wellness – dating back to ancient civilizations.

RAPID CITY, S.D. — The Body Spa has been offering the service for two years in Rapid City and now has mobile capabilities.

The goal is to flush out inflammation from your body and move easier. Cryotherapy is a fast and effective alternative to traditional ice baths. The therapy uses dry, cold air in a safe, 3-minute treatment to activate the body’s organic healing process and reduce inflammation.

Andre Reber, The Body Spa Cryotechnician, says, “It boosts the mitochondria, which are the batteries to your cells it just kind of energizes your body on a cellular level to speed up and increase the natural healing ability of your body. There’s muscle regeneration recovery — it flashes of that inflammation.”


The cryosauna fills with nitrogen vapor to drop the temperature between -130 to -190 degrees. And in just a few minutes the temporary dry chill evokes your body’s response to extreme cold.

It’s used for professional athletes’ recovery, arthritis, chronic pain management and everything in between. They even use a localized machine to work on animals as well as localizing body parts and for facials.

Each participant reacts differently to the cold therapy — for some, they don’t see a change and for others, it’s life altering.

Angela suffers from arthritis, fibromyalgia and chronic pain. She tried cryotherapy on a whim and has felt the benefits.

Angela Sanney, Cryotherapy user, says, “The quality of life that I have, like I can do with my kids that I wasn’t able to do for 10 years. I’m a cheer coach and still being able to be active again is huge for me. I can go and do things that were that I haven’t been able to do which is wonderful.”

A skeptic at first, Dan Moller gave it a try to help with chronic pain after a workplace injury and six back surgeries. He now says he is 30% off medications and hopes for more after additional therapy.

Dan Moller, Cryotherapy User, says, “So I went a week’s time and I dropped seven pills from that when I should have 21, so I felt really good about that and that’s about where I’m at today.”

Cryotherapy as a medical procedure is not yet FDA approved, however the Impact machine the Body Spa uses is FDA compliant.

And again, results will vary among participants and always talk with your doctor before trying anything new.

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