ICE BATH vs WBC
Involves the immersion of the body in ice water between 45F to 32F for 15 – 20 minutes.
At 15-20 minutes of exposure, the blood begins to cool as it reaches the peripherals. Muscle tissue congeals and sometimes frostbite or hypothermia results.
Wet + Cold is often difficult to tolerate.
Recovery time after an ice bath is needed for the for muscles to return to normal it takes time for it to return to normal functionality. An ice bath must, therefore, be scheduled at the end of a workout or participation in sport.
The body responds to the cold by warming the core and heating the peripherals to avoid hypothermia.
WHOLE BODY CRYOTHERAPY
The body is exposed to cold air at temperatures ranging from -200F to -256F for a period between one and a half to three minutes.
Skin’s temperature is reduced to a lower temperature at a much faster rate, resulting in better results without the risks of an ice bath.
Dry cold, although technically much colder, feels significantly more tolerable than wet cold.
Muscle tissue does not freeze and no recovery time is needed. Cryotherapy can, therefore be used before and after a workout or during sport.