Spot Cryotherapy

Spot cryotherapy is a localized type of cryotherapy that’s ideal for individuals suffering from a physical ailment due to injury, surgery, or arthritis. Our trained wellness experts use a controlled beam of vaporized nitrogen to engulf the targeted spot, whether that’s a specific muscle or inflamed joint (knee, hip, shoulder, etc.). Treatment lasts for about 10 minutes and is ideal for anyone suffering from chronic or temporary pain, inflammation or swelling. 

Health Benefits of Spot Cryotherapy


Localized Pain


Swelling & Inflammation


Joint Function


Injury Recovery


Surgery Recovery



What is spot cryotherapy?

Similar to how you would ice a sports injury or area of chronic pain, spot cryotherapy is a form of therapy that focuses on targeted areas of the body rather than the entire body. Whole body cryotherapy treatment aims to bring generalized health benefits to the participant’s whole body, while localized therapy is more concentrated towards healing a specific problem area.  This treatment is often used to address local pains, swelling, and sprains. 

How does spot cryotherapy work?

Our trained wellness experts at The Invigory use a controlled beam of vaporized nitrogen to engulf the area of discomfort. Some common treatment areas that utilize spot cryotherapy include strained muscles or an inflamed joint like a knee, hip, or shoulder. Each therapy session is conducted by a technician who is trained to handle the spot cryotherapy machine. The specialist will use a handheld device to emit a beam of nitrogen at a temperature below negative 200 degrees Fahrenheit (-200 degrees Fahrenheit).

A spot cryotherapy session in our Charlotte studio will last anywhere from 8 to 10 minutes per localized region and is ideal for anyone suffering from chronic pain due to arthritis or temporary pain due to a sports injury. Sometimes, several sessions will be scheduled over a long period of time in order to fully deliver a treatment. 

Spot cryotherapy benefits.

Spot cryotherapy treatments offer many health benefits, including the following:

  • It heals injuries at a faster rate than normal. Athletes have used spot cryotherapy to address fitness-related pain. The nature of spot cryotherapy offers a quick recovery time. 
  • It provides relief to chronic pain, especially in the back, neck, hips, shoulders, and knees. 
  • It reduces pain, swelling, and inflammation. Spot cryotherapy has been successfully utilized on clients with arthritis, joint pain, and pain due to injury.
  • Spot cryotherapy is not a painful experience. In fact, many clients report feeling refreshed after a spot cryo session.
  • Spot cryotherapy treatment does not require surgery or medication in order to deliver fast results. For people who prefer natural, non-surgical, and non-medicated methods of treatment, spot cryotherapy is one of the more effective treatments available in Charlotte, NC.


Frequently asked questions.

What is spot cryotherapy? Spot cryotherapy is a cold therapy that uses extremely cold temperatures to target one specific area of the body that is painful.

How long does a session last?  8-10 minutes.

Can spot cryotherapy treatment help a sprained ankle?   Yes. In fact, spot cryotherapy is often used by athletes who are looking to treat an injury. Localized cryotherapy speeds up the healing time of certain injuries, including sprains and strains. If you have a sprained ankle, contact our Charlotte studio to schedule a session with a trained spot cryotherapy specialist.

Is spot cryotherapy effective for tennis elbow?  Yes. Tennis elbow is a fairly common injury among athletes, especially those who frequently work their arms in a sport. This injury usually involves damage or irritation to the tissue connecting the elbow to the forearm. As with other injuries, spot cryotherapy can address tennis elbow.

How safe is spot cryotherapy?  Spot cryotherapy is a safe treatment option. While there are certain people who should avoid this form of therapy, in particular, clients with heart disease, sensory disorders, and open sores at the treatment site. Spot cryotherapy is generally safe for all individuals. As with all forms of cryotherapy treatments, clients should be sure to follow the technician’s instructions during the spot cryotherapy session.

Is spot cryotherapy safe for children?  Yes.

Why do people use spot cryotherapy?  People use spot cryotherapy for pain relief, or to speed up an injury’s recovery process.

How should you dress for a spot cryotherapy treatment?  Clients should dress in comfortable clothes.  The area to be treated will need to be exposed.  Robes will be provided if necessary.

What are the health benefits of spot cryotherapy?  Spot cryotherapy helps reduce inflammation, chronic pain, and shorten injury recovery time.

Describe the physiological process happening to the body during spot cryotherapy? During a spot cryotherapy treatment, the blood vessels constrict, immediately decreasing inflammation and swelling in the affected area.  As the body begins to warm, the area is flooded with restored blood flow.

Is it safe to do spot cryotherapy in combination with compression therapy/salt therapy? Yes. We're happy to help schedule your treatments to maximize their combined effectiveness.

How does spot cryotherapy compare to using an ice pack?  Spot cryotherapy speeds recovery quicker than traditional Ice packs.  Ice packs do not encourage blood flow and circulation.  Spot cryotherapy does encourage blood flow and circulation

Will one receive immediate results after one spot cryotherapy session? After one spot cryotherapy session inflammation can be reduced. It is likely that multiple sessions will work best.

How should you feel during a spot cryotherapy session?  The area being treated should feel cold, yet bearable.

How often should one do spot cryotherapy when dealing with an injury?  We recommend up to 5 consecutive sessions. After initial treatments, follow up sessions are suggested for maintenance.

Should someone do a spot cryotherapy treatment before or after WBC (Whole Body Cryo)?  After. This way we are able to monitor the skin’s temperature.

If you have any additional questions, don't hesitate to contact us to speak with a spot cryotherapy specialist.

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