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Healthy Lifestyles: Cryotherapy

Published on September 22, 2016

By Ryan Dentscheff for The Chagrin Valley Times| September 21, 2016

You might not be able to dunk a basketball or lead an NBA team back from a 31 deficit to win a national championship for Cleveland, but you can still be like LeBron James. Mr. James uses a somewhat unique body recovery and therapy method called cryotherapy, which will soon be offered for the first time in the Chagrin Valley by The Lu-Jean Feng Clinic in Pepper Pike.

Gary Williams, Controller at The LuJean Feng Clinic, presented plans to the Planning and Zoning Commission recently for the addition of a 540 gallon cryogenic tank, which will store liquid nitrogen. A secure fence will enclose the tank to be built at the doctor’s office on Pinetree Road, he said. Commission members are scheduled to vote on the proposal during their Oct. 3 meeting. The clinic plans to offer cryotherapy by November.

Dr. Feng said she became interested in cryotherapy after she learned Mr. James and Jamaican gold medalist Usain Bolt use the method to recover after workouts. Mr. James even has a cryotherapy unit in his home, she said, and Mr. Bolt has a mobile unit that he travels with. The way the procedure works is a patient steps into a cylindrical chamber, often referred to as a cryosauna, which then uses liquid nitrogen at minus 200 degrees Fahrenheit to supercool the body for one to three minutes. Individuals wear protective mittens and slippers while in the chamber to protect their hands and feet. A single session at The Lu-Jean Feng Clinic could cost $45 to $60, a Feng Clinic representative said.

And while cryotherapy is popular among extreme athletes, Dr. Feng noted that it can be beneficial to just about anyone. She said there have been various scientific studies on the topic that have found that people who suffer from chronic injuries and everyday pain can benefit from the treatment. “They benefit from better, faster functional recovery meaning greater range of motion and less pain after they had cryotherapy,” Dr. Feng explained. “People with fibromyalgia, people with arthritis, they could benefit because these are chronic inflammatory conditions not necessarily induced by injury but more induced by repetitive motion from everyday things.” Cryotherapy is beneficial, she said, because it helps the body produce antioxidants and decreases inflammation within the body, leading to faster recovery and general pain relief. There are individuals who should not engage in the cold blast treatment, including individuals who suffer from vascular disease, cold induced asthma, atherosclerosis or women who are pregnant, Dr. Feng said.

Experts say the trend is catching on.

“I think people are always looking for new therapy and ways to relieve pain,” Dr. Feng said regarding the popularity of cryotherapy. People like cryotherapy, she added, because it is more natural with less side effects than some other pain relieving methods. “Because there can be a lot of side effects to using aspirin, Advil, Aleve, this is an alternative therapy that doesn’t involve injuring your stomach or kidney as a result of taking these over-the-counter medications.”

Patient Testimonials

  • “I believe she is the best in the country at what she does. Instantly I noticed my neck and shoulder pain was gone and I could breathe much better” – Crystal Hefner
  • "When it comes to explant surgery I think Dr. Feng is the best doctor in the world. She’s done more studies, she’s testified in trials, the whole spectrum of anything to do with explant surgery she’s done it.”
    - Yolanda Hadid (Foster), Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
  • “Every communication I had with their office was so professional, and they were so kind and accommodating.”
  • "Dr. Feng is not all about cosmetic surgery…she is about getting healthy and giving her patients the tools to stay that way!”
  • "Went from being overweight, to physically fit and ready for a marathon within 7 months of my surgery. You are in the best of care at her surgical center.”
  • "I was thrilled to have NO PAIN from my procedure! Almost 9 hours of surgery and I awoke with NO nausea, no pain. I was afraid after the nerve block wore off I would have pain…but NO!"
  • "She took a good long time talking with me and my husband, so if there was a time when I had to wait, I figured she was giving someone else her undivided attention…I felt totally taken care of"
  • "Dr. Feng is an expert in her field… [attended] Yale at 16… She has perfected the anesthesia so that nausea can be avoided and she uses nerve blocks to make sure that you aren’t in pain after the procedure"
  • "Dr. Feng removed my ruptured breast implants as well as the inflamed capsules and sent them to her pathologist, which was instrumental in getting my health insurer to cover the surgery, which she also appealed on my behalf"
  • "Words cannot begin to capture the gratitude that I would like to express to you right now. Without your talent, vision and perfectionism my breasts, my health and probably my outlook on life would have been very unhealthy"
  • "I am cured! Those were (my doctor’s) exact words…If it wasn’t for your kindness, your tremendous talent and of course your outstanding staff I would have never known what it feels like to have a normal life again"
  • "I get a comment from every doctor I see about my fabulous scar. I almost have nothing to be seen. Everyone thinks it looks awesome!"
  • "She explanted my 7 year old implants for me and gave me a lolipop lift. She is extremely talented. She made my breast look better than they did with implants"
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