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Whole Body Cryotherapy (WBC) from review of various studies and sources shows two very prominent systemic responses. “Cold Shock” (dropping the skin temperature on a whole body level and primarily around the core where the concentration of thermoreceptive (nerve ending neurons) are located send distress signals to the brain. The reactivity in the brain is two-fold. First, there is a CNS reaction whereby the hypothalamus directs the endocrine system to release endorphins in vast amounts quickly. Additionally, cold shock protein (norepinephrine) is released in the brain (said to be twice the average producing levels). Norepinephrine is a powerful anti-inflammatory protein which inhibits TNFa production (an inflammatory cytokine produced by the immune system in response to injury, foreign bodies, etc.) Endorphins are the feel good hormone, elevating mood, an opioid-like response, blocking pain reception signals. This CNS response is the Symptomatic reaction we get with whole body cryotherapy to pain and inflammation. Patients experience improved range of motion with pain reduction almost immediately.