Cold as ice: Cryo System

Applying cold or ice is an accepted treatment for many injuries and ailments.

The cold constricts blood vessels and decreases circulation to the area, helping alleviate pain, inflammation and reduce swelling.

These principles are applied in a more advanced and time-efficient way by a process called cryotherapy, available in Christchurch at Cryo System.

Therapy takes place in a sealed chamber, where the body is exposed to air chilled to temperatures between -110 °C and -140 °C, for three minutes.

A short, sharp, shock to the system, which owner Chris Hoffman says stimulates a hormone response in the
body and activates the

healing process.
“Whole Body Cryotherapy was initially intended for use in a clinical setting for conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, chronic inflammation and multiple sclerosis,” he says.

The chamber has been perfected over 30 years.

“You will find exactly the same dual Cryo Chambers at the world’s top sports clubs like AC Milan football, the Welsh Rugby Union and the Brisbane Broncos.”

Before reaching for the packet of frozen peas after an injury, reach for the phone and book a session at Cryo System on 03 382 2700 or email

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