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Is Whole Body Cryotherapy a proven treatment for recovery and health?
Yes, Cryotherapy has been used in Europe and Asia for almost thirty years. There are numerous clinical studies and many are listed in the Research tab. Professional athletes in the NBA, MLB, NHL and NFL have made Cryotherapy an important part of their recovery treatment programs.
How does Whole Body Cryotherapy work?
The client steps into the cryosauna which uses gasiform nitrogen to rapidly lower the skin surface temperature to about 32°F. The cryosauna temperature ranges between -238°F to -274°F for the two to three minutes of treatment. The brain reacts to the skin sensors by stimulating the regulatory functions of the body and releasing anti-inflammatory proteins and endorphins into the bloodstream.
How does Cryotherapy compare to an Ice Bath?
Cryotherapy treatments result is a very different response from the body. Three minutes of extreme, dry cold reaches only the top skin layers and cold receptors causing the brain to restrict blood flow to an internal cycle. Cryotherapy causes the body to release anti-inflammatory proteins and endorphin’s resulting in super-charged blood.
Is Nitrogen gas dangerous?
No, nitrogen is a friendly, non-toxic gas. Nitrogen composes 78% of the air that we breathe. The other components are 16% Oxygen, 1% Hydrogen and 5% other gases. Nitrogen is as common and safe as Oxygen.
What do I wear in the Cryosauna?
We provide you with dry socks and cryo-boots for your feet. We also provide light gloves for your hands. Men should have a dry undergarment; not required for women. All jewelry, watches, chains, bracelets and earrings are removed. The idea is to expose as much skin surface as possible so that the body’s reaction is optimized.
Is Whole Body Cryotherapy comfortable?
Yes. Cryotherapy involves dry, hyper-cooled air flowing over the skin surface; so the process never freezes skin tissues, muscles or organs. The result is only a “feeling” of being cold. The body is being tricked into believing that this extreme cold is life threatening. Cryotherapy is a dry cold with no moisture and tolerable even to those who consider themselves cold intolerant. Towards the end of the treatment, you may get a “pins and needles” sensation which will dissipate after the treatment.
What if I am often cold or get cold easily?
Since the cold from Cryotherapy only penetrates the surface of the skin, you will only experience a slight chill. Cryotherapy improves circulation throughout the body and stimulates production of brown fat, so your future ability to tolerate cold should improve.
How do I feel after a session?
Cryotherapy stimulates the body to release endorphin’s, the hormones that make us feel alert and energetic. The buoyant effects from each session typically last for six to eight hours. Many clients report improvements in their sleep quality after Cryotherapy .
How many treatments are needed to achieve optimal results?
Depending upon the condition being treated, it should initially take five to ten treatments in close succession (every other day). After this initial loading period, maintenance treatments should be at least once per week.
Who should not use Whole Body Cryotherapy?
The following conditions are contraindications for Cryotherapy : Pregnancy, severe hypertension (BP; 180/100), acute or recent myocardial infarction (heart attack: need to be cleared for exercise), narrowing of valves, crescent-shaped aorta and mitral valve, unstable angina pectoris, arrhythmia, symptomatic cardiovascular disease, cardiac pacemaker, peripheral arterial occlusive disease, venous thrombosis (blood clots), acute or recent cerebrovascular accident (stroke: must be cleared for exercise), uncontrolled seizures, Raynaud’s syndrome, fever, tumor disease, symptomatic lung disorders, bleeding disorders, severe anemia, infection, claustrophobia, cold allergy, acute kidney and urinary tract diseases, incontinence, age less than 18 years (parental consent required). Clients should always check with their medical providers regarding their particular medical status.
What are the risks of Whole Body Cryotherapy?
Cryotherapy is very well tolerated and has minimal risks. Fluctuations in blood pressure during the procedure by up to 10 points systolically (reverses after the procedure as peripheral circulation returns to normal), allergic reaction to extreme cold (rare), claustrophobia, anxiety, activation of some viral conditions (cold sores, etc.) due to stimulation of the immune system. Protective clothing (socks, gloves, undergarments) must be dry in order to avoid frostbite.
Is exercise recommended after the cryotherapy session?
Yes, an advantage of cryotherapy over ice therapy is that tissues and muscle are not frozen. Ten minutes of light exercise post cryotherapy will induce more rapid vasodilation of the blood vessels and capillaries, and extend the period of analgesia.
Who should use Whole Body Cryotherapy?
Cryotherapy is ideal for athletes seeking muscle recovery, people with chronic pain and inflammatory conditions, and those seeking weight loss and skin rejuvenation. Cryotherapy is used post-surgery to accelerate healing and reduce pain without the side effects of pain medications. Younger clients, ages 10 to 18, can use Cryotherapy with parent’s consent.