When our bodies experience any sort of physical sensation, there is a physiological reaction. When we feel too hot we sweat, when we work out muscles they get sore, when we put food in our mouth we salivate etc. But what happens when we get cold? What do our body do when we are cold?

Let us start by exploring what kind of cold we are talking about. There are many different gradations of cold that the body can experience. There is chilly, cold, and dangerously cold. Chilly is the kind of cold you get after getting out of a hot shower, where the physiological reactions are small. Cold is the kind of cold you get while being in freezing weather, this is when you get the majority of the bodies physical responses. Dangerously cold is the kind of cold when someone is stuck outside in freezing weather for substantial amounts of time, this is when the severest responses start to occur.

But since we are a cryotherapy company, the degree of cold we deal in is the middle one, just cold. At this stage the body is trying to keep itself warm. The part of the brain that is in charge of this function is the hypothalamus gland, it is like the thermostat of the body. Once it decides the body is cold enough goosebumps and shivering occur. Goosebumps are believed to be a left over feature from when humans had more hair on their bodies, because now they just look silly and serve little purpose (fun fact: the muscles that control the hairs that cause goosebumps are the smallest muscle in the human body. They are called arrector pili). Shivering is essentially the body trying to move itself to generate heat. After these two reactions blood flow is directed from the extremities via constriction blood vessels to the core and internal organs. This results in pores shrinking and appendages, like hands, getting a tingling sensation.

During your cryotherapy sessions in a cold cryotherapy machine at Goosebumps Cryotherapy, you will experience some of these reactions—mainly goosebumps, shivering, and pore tightening. The cryotherapy sessions, though extremely cold, are not long enough to produce tingling in the hands. Afterwards you will feel refreshed and invigorated! Schedule you session today to experience cryotherapy benefits.