How does cryotherapy work?
Upon entering the cryosauana, the patient stands and slowly turns while nitrogen gas fills the chamber, rapidly lower the skin surface temperature to about 32F. The cryosauna temperature ranges between -238°F to -274°F or 110°C to 150°C for the 2 to 3 minutes of treatment. This sudden drop in temperature triggers the skin’s cold receptors to activate the body’s most powerful survival mechanisms. This results in the release of endorphins and a rapid circulation of oxygen-rich blood throughout the body.
What is the origin of cryotherapy?
Whole body cryotherapy was originally developed in Japan in 1978 for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, where it was established as a powerful tool for pain and inflammation. Since that time, it has been widely used in Europe and other countries, and it has become known for its broad range of benefits. It is now becoming very popular in the United States.
Is cryotherapy a proven treatment?
Cryotherapy has been used for almost 40 years in Europe and Asia. Over the past seven years, more than two million sessions have been completed in Europe alone. Professional athletes in the NBA, MLB, NHL and NFL, Olympic athletes, and collegiate athletes have made cryotherapy an important part of their recovery. Multiple research studies have been published in medical journals about the effects of whole body cryotherapy, and in many European countries the treatments are covered by medical insurance policies. In the United States, whole body cryotherapy is considered a non-medical wellness modality, and health insurances do not offer reimbursements for the service.
Is Nitrogen gas dangerous to humans?
No. Nitrogen is a non-toxic gas that is common and safe. The air that we breathe is made up of 16% Oxygen, 1% Hydrogen, 78% Nitrogen and 5% other components. However, breathing pure nitrogen can cause fainting, due to the lack of oxygen. To prevent this, the cryosauna is designed to keep the patient’s head above the chamber.
What will I feel during the treatment?
Most individuals are surprised how easy it is to tolerate cryotherapy session given such extreme temperatures. The nitrogen gas creates a “dry” cold, which is much more comfortable than an ice bath. We will provide you with gloves and socks to keep your hands and feet warm. Cryotherapy improves circulation throughout the body and stimulates production of brown fat, so your future ability to tolerate cold should improve.
How does cryotherapy compare to an ice bath?
The body has a much different response to cryotherapy sessions as compared to ice baths. The two to three minutes of extreme, dry cold in a cryotherapy session 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 endorphins resulting in super-charged blood. In an ice bath, fifteen minutes of freezing cold water initially causes the body to move the blood to the extremities and results in a chilled lowering of the body’s core temperature. Ice baths do not supercharge the blood.
How often should I do cryotherapy to achieve results?
To achieve optimal result from Whole-Body Cryotherapy sessions, we recommend a minimum of 10 cryo sessions a month. Try to go 2-3 times a week, or every other day. Many benefits such as a rush of endorphins and better sleep can be experienced as early as the first session, however maximum results are obtained with repeated treatments.
What should I wear?
You will be provided with dry socks, gloves & slippers for your feet. All metal and Jewelry must be removed. To optimize your body’s reaction, you will need to expose as much skin surface as possible. Your skin must be completely dry, and you cannot wear any clothes or undergarments that are wet in anyway, including from perspiration.
Who should use cryotherapy?
People from a wide range of lifestyles and ages are a good candidate for this treatment. While it is certainly helpful to athletes and those with chronic pain, it is also highly recommended for individuals who simply want to improve their overall health and appearance. However, there are some conditions that would preclude an individual from utilizing this treatment. Please refer to our list of contradictions for more information. The minimum age is fourteen, and individuals under age eighteen must have parental consent.
How do I feel after a session?
During your cryo session, the brain receives cold signals from the skin and triggers the auto-preservation mechanism within the body. This causes the release of endorphins, the hormones that make us feel alert and energetic into the bloodstream, which relax the body and flush toxins away. This process is responsible for the feel good and energetic mood of the client which can last up to 8 hours. Many clients expressed having a euphoric feeling immediately after and the best night of sleep after a cryo session.
Will I feel claustrophobic in the Cryosauna?
You should not. Your entire head remains exposed and above the Cryosauna. The door does not lock. If necessary, you can always push the door open and step out. A staff member is there with you through the entire process until the session has ended.
Do I have to take a shower before or after a session?
No, you do not. Showering is not necessary after cryotherapy. The procedure is dry and does not make your skin wet.
What are the health contradictions to cryotherapy?
Do not use Whole Body Cryotherapy if you have any of the following conditions:
Uncontrolled high blood pressure
Prior heart attack
Unstable chest pain
Disease of blood vessels
History of blood clots
Nerve pain in feet or legs
You may have other conditions that make whole body cryotherapy inappropriate. Consult with your doctor or medical advisor if you have any questions as to whether whole body cryotherapy is right for you.