BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB)- BuffaloCryo recently opened its doors downtown.
The silver cylinder looks like muscle therapy of the future, but no, it won’t stop aging or let you travel through time.
“Athletes like Lebron James and Sidney Crosby have made this extremely popular in the athletic world, but what it actually was designed for was Rheumatoid Arthritis,”said BuffaloCryo co-founder Pat Connors.
Cryotherapy got started in Europe, and is slowly making it’s way to the United States.
There’s a couple of cryosaunas in Western New York; BuffaloCryo is one of them.
It’s only been open a week and already more than a hundred people have given a try, including some Buffalo Bills.
The chamber is brought down to -250 degrees Fahrenheit. Clients stand in it for up to three minutes.
“They’re intimidated, I mean you hear the number -250 degrees and you pull back, even from Buffalo and you pull back when you hear a number like that,” Connors said.
The reason you don’t get hypothermia or completely freeze according to Connors, is because you’re dry, and the cold air circulates around you.
Co-founder Dr. Jacob Fey said it’s ideal for people with bad backs or athletes who need a quick recovery.
“It’s different than an ice pack, an ice pack works locally in a spot to constrict flood flow and decrease nerve transmission, slowing pain and minimizing swelling in that particular area,” Fey said.
But a cryosauna triggers the whole body’s fight or flight response, because the cold is everywhere.
It causes the body to release norepinephrine, which fights pain.
After the treatment, patients get a quick cardio blast to get blood flow back to normal.
You have to be at least 12 to give try cryotherapy, but as long as you’re not pregnant and don’t have any heart complications, Dr Fey said it’s safe to do regularly.