Cryotherapy: A Chill Alternative For Treating Chronic Pain

The CryoBar

On an episode of #RichKids of Beverly Hills, Dorothy Wang and Bianca Espada went to a cryotherapy session.  As they were talking about the benefits, I thought to myself…why don’t I find a place in Chicago!? Luckily, there was a place in the cute neighborhood of Lincoln Park. The location is beautiful, and very welcoming. I received a cryotherapy session and a cryo toning facial. I left feeling more energized and positive than when I first arrived.

What is Cryotherapy?

Cryotherapy can expose either your entire body or a localized part of your body to subzero temperatures through liquid nitrogen. The goal is to stimulate the body’s “natural anti-inflammatory response, release endorphins, reduce pain and spasms, boost cellular survival, and promote overall health”, per The CryoBar’s website. Although not a medical procedure, it is an alternative for people who want to speed up recovery and overall health. It’s a powerful alternative for people living with arthritis, fibromyalgia and other autoimmune and joint disorders. It also helps to prevent aging and inflammation. 

What to expect   Before your session begins, you must strip down to your undergarments. Then your are supplied with protective clothing: a robe, socks and gloves. Once the cryosauna is ready, you step inside, remove your robe and chill for 3 minutes. At The CryoBar, the staff is super friendly and talks with you the entire time you're in there (excellent distraction from the cold). I also received a cryo toning facial, and it was so relaxing. The facial is a controlled stream of nitrogen vapor that is glossed over your face, neck and scalp. This facial can help reduce or eliminate wrinkles / blemishes, accelerate collagen production, and stimulate hair follicle growth. 


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Cryotherapy gave me my life back. This is a natural process, and for me it meant the world. I started this because it was about helping people.
— Sara Latham, Co-Owner of The CryoBar

Meeting Sara

I had an awesome time chatting with co-owner of The CryoBar, Sara Latham. As someone who struggled with arthritis and other health issues, Sara found cryotherapy to be her saving grace. She hasn't used any anti-inflammatory medications since November 2015, and has never looked back. Sara commented on living with chronic illness and said:

It’s like somebody took a part of you, and replaced it with something that you don’t know. With cryotherapy, I have energy to chase my boys around.
— Sara Latham, Co-owner of The CryoBar

For Sara, starting a cryotherapy business was about getting her life back and helping others do the same. Initially, I went to The CryoBar to learn more about cryotherapy and how it’s impacted their clients, but Sara's story resonated with me. She has channeled her adversity into something positive, and there's a lot that many of us can learn from that. Illness no longer defines Sara, and it doesn't have to define you either. 

Visit The CryoBar at the corner of Webster and Racine Ave