What is Cryotherapy?

San Diego Cryotherapy Del Mar

Whole Body Cryotherapy (WBC) is a cutting-edge 3-minute treatment using liquid nitrogen vapor to help you heal. It’s been found to be more effective and efficient than an ice bath and offers benefits that traditional cold therapies cannot. This anti-inflammatory treatment exposes patients to temperatures between -120 and -200 degrees Fahrenheit for a short duration of time—typically 2 – 3 minutes. In those few minutes a patient’s blood vessels will rapidly constrict and skin temperatures will drop while the core body temperature remains unchanged. The shock to one’s system releases endorphins allowing for an immediate mood-boosting pick-me-up. Once the session is over, blood vessels begin to dilate, blood circulation is vastly improved and oxygen is distributed throughout the entire body. Cryotherapy’s ability to reduce inflammation makes it a popular treatment for athletes, fitness enthusiasts, and often arthritis sufferers.

While it seems San Diego cryotherapy came out of nowhere, the treatment has been practiced around the world for decades. WBC was developed in Japan in 1978 by Dr. Toshiba Yamaguchi as a treatment for rheumatoid arthritis. The results were excellent and news of Dr. Yamaguchi’s discovery of WBC quickly spread throughout Europe. For more than 35 years there have been numerous documented studies, mostly in Europe treating many different types of patients, including nearly all body types and situations, with positive results. Although there are much fewer American driven studies, since WBC has only been available in the U.S. for approximately 5 years, the U.S. studies are showing very similar results to those found in Europe for almost four decades.

Cryo Shield Therapy uses units made by Impact Cryo. Out of the different companies producing whole body cryotherapy units worldwide, we’re confident that we are using the best company. Impact Cryo is 100% American made, manufactured, designed, and distributed. Impact Cryo is also endorsed by renowned sports medicine physician, Dr. James Andrews, who was recently named chair of Impact Cryo’s national advisory board. Impact Cryo has gone above and beyond regarding all safety aspects involved in performing and receiving the WBC procedure. We are dedicated to using only top-of-the-line equipment making Cryo Shield Therapy the best place for cryotherapy in San Diego.

What are the benefits of Cryotherapy?

Cryotherapy might be most known for helping athletes in sport muscle recovery but it is also a tool for relieving pain and suffering from debilitating disorders. Many clients come to us after trying different medications and even invasive procedures to find that the cold treatments of cryotherapy is the only thing that relieves their pain or discomfort.

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  • Immune-mediated inflammatory diseases like Rheumatoid arthritis, Bekhterev’s disease, Psoriasis, Multiple sclerosis, Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis

  • Spinal syndromes

  • Depressive, anxiety and sleep disorders

  • Asthma treatment

  • Alleviated inflammation

  • Accelerated muscle and injury recovery

  • Improved energy levels

  • Increased blood circulation

  • Boosted immune system

  • Reduced muscle fatigue

  • Improved pain management

  • Accelerated metabolism

  • Improved skin clarity

What can I expect during a cryotherapy treatment?

Check In

Your introduction to Cryo Shield begins with a review and signing of our release-waiver form that details the few scenarios not permitted within the WBC Impact unit. Following the registration, we will provide a tour of our facility with an in-depth explanation of the procedure to help answer any questions or concerns. The last step is a mandatory blood pressure test that is performed prior to every WBC session. You are now ready to start enhancing your overall health and wellness.

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Clients are guided to a selected room where the WBC Impact units are located. Inside each room, we will provide you with the mandatory items (gloves, socks and booties) worn during the procedure. Males are also required to wear cotton or wool undergarments for protecting the outer extremities (external parts). The more skin that is exposed during your treatment, the better overall results you will experience.


As your WBC session starts, you will immediately feel an even disbursement of LN2 (liquid nitrogen) throughout your entire body, except the head and upper neck area. The LN2 is applied in a dry vapor form. There are three levels to choose from and each session starts at a higher temperature and ends at the lowest temperature for that level.

Level 1: -90c (-120F)
Level 2: -110c (-165F)
Level 3: -120c (-200F)

The skin surface is the only drop in temperature throughout the body, with the core remaining the same during and after the session. Sensors located within the skin’s surface control the central nervous system; by manipulating these sensors, whole body recovery is achieved. Cryotherapy sessions can last up to 3 minutes.

Great for Sport Muscle Recovery

Results & Testimonials

“Not only does it make me feel energized and refreshed, the staff influences that exact same feeling.” - Greg

“As a cyclist, cryo helps me recover and feel better than I ever thought possible.” - Steve F.

“Boost of energy, reduced inflammation in muscles, improved blood flow, weight management.” - Kyle L.

“I love cryotherapy because of the energy boost after every session and because of the fabulous people that work at Cryo Shield!” - Jordan

“It makes me feel great and the machines and staff at Cryo Shield are heads and shoulders above the competition!” - Travis

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Information contained within this website, and on all Cryo Shield Therapy Corporation printed materials, are for informational purposes only. All rights reserved. The cold therapy products and equipment have not been tested or approved by the FDA or any other government agencies for the treatment of any illness or disease. Cryotherapy is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Though safety is a top priority of Cryo Shield Therapy, use at your own risk.