Cross Timbers Orthopaedics purchased its first Whole Body Cryotherapy (WBC) machine — a recovery tool — back in November 2016 and boy is it something. 

“We took the idea of the old ice baths that athletes and professional people do to recover and they just kind of reinvented the technology,” said CTO’s Athletic Training Outreach Coordinator Jacob Fain. “It’s a tool that athletes, weekend warriors and even your stay-at-home moms are using to help recover from workouts, soreness and injuries.”

But there are many benefits from cryogenic therapy besides injuries and sore muscles.

“They’re using it to increase energy levels, skin toning and firming, skin rejuvenation, weight loss — there are reported benefits of burning between 500 and 800 calories per three minutes you’re in there per session,” Fain said. 

Other benefits include:

Allowing for more intense and higher volume training Boosting of lymph draining and blood circulation Improving muscle strength and function Improvement of the immune system Cellulite reduction Increased metabolism Increased collagen production Activating of natural biological regeneration The WBC machine can be used twice a day every day they’re open. The CTO machine’s threshold is negative 211 degrees.

“Each session is three minutes max. You don’t have to go the full three minutes if you can’t tolerate the extreme cold,” Fain said.

Fain said the benefits can be an immediate effect and not something that has to build up over time.

“Everybody’s different and everybody responds to everything differently, but it’s almost an immediate sense of an endorphin rush. You have the tingling,” Fain said.

When using the WBC machine, all jewelry must be removed along with most clothing.

“Men are required to wear their undergarments for kind of obvious reasons and then for women it’s optional, so as long as you don’t have any metal — like a wire bra — and you don’t want to have any jewelry on that could potentially freeze and cause a cold burn,” Fain said. “By the time you get out and changed back into your clothes we have people who report that they don’t hurt like the did before. It’s an immediate effect and it lasts longer than just being in an ice bath.”

Also required are socks, slippers and gloves, which can be provided at the office.

Fain said when you leave the machine your body has a tingling sensation that lasts just a few minutes, but your body does not get completely numb like it can with ice.

“You are in there from the neck down. You don’t want your head and face in there for two reasons, it’s liquid nitrogen air so there’s not any oxygen in there,” Fain said. “Two, we don’t want you feeling claustrophobic. We want you to be out and kind of see what’s going on.”

Anyone can make an appointment for the cryogenic therapy machine at CTO. However, Fain does recommend that no one under the age of 14 use the WBC machine.

“We don’t want to promote pushing young kids as hard as you can,” Fain said. “This isn’t a medical device so we’re not using it to treat any conditions even though we’re here at a doctor’s office. This is just a service we provide.”

And you don’t have to be a patient of CTO, Fain said.

Walk-ins are welcome and online booking is available as well on the website crosstimbersortho.com. 

Pricing is as follows:

First session - $25 Single session (after first) - $45 Group rate (five or more) - $20 Three pack - $120 Five pack - $200 10 Pack - $300 Unlimited month - $350/$600 couples DEXA full body composition analysis - $25 WBC + DEXA body comp analysis - $60 TSU students/faculty - 10 percent off single session CTO’s hours of operation are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Thursday, and 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on Friday. They are closed from 12-1 p.m. daily.

For more information call CTO at 254-965-2663 or visit the website, crosstimbersortho.com.