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Is whole-body cryotherapy effective?
Cryotherapy has been used for thousands of years as a natural health treatment. The modern-day cryosauna has been in used Europe and Japan for more than three decades. Many publications and medical research studies have been published about the effects of whole-body cryotherapy, to read more information click here. Cryotherapy has been an effective treatment for many purposes including pain management, athletic and surgical recovery, and mood disorders.
Who developed the technology of the cryosauna?
Originally developed in Japan in 1978 for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, cryotherapy has been used in clinical settings in over 50 European hospitals since that time.
How does cryotherapy work?
During the 3-minute treatment inside the cryosauna, hyper-cooled nitrogen gases fill the chamber and lower the skin surface temperature by approximately 20-30 degrees Fahrenheit. This drop in temperature triggers the cold receptors in the skin to activate the body’s most powerful survival mechanisms. Blood pulls to the core to protect the vital organs then recirculates throughout the body immediately after exiting the chamber, releasing endorphins and flooding the body with nutrient-rich and oxygenated blood to encourage the body’s natural healing process
Is it safe?
Yes. Cryotherapy chambers have been used over the last 30+ years without any severe adverse reaction ever recorded. Instances of frostbite have resulted when clients enter in the machine wearing wet clothing, particularly wet socks, as water will freeze immediately at these temperatures. The nitrogen used in the chamber is the same as the nitrogen in the air we breathe. When inside the cryosauna, the client’s head is elevated above the chamber so they breathe room-air as normal. For added safety, chambers are also equipped with an oxygen monitor and doors that shut but do not lock. We provide gloves, socks, and slippers to protect the temperature-sensitive tissues of the hands and feet to make the experience as comfortable as it can be.
How do I feel after a cryotherapy session?
Immediate after each session, the body releases endorphins, hormones that make you feel good, relieve pain, and boost energy. Clients have reported a ‘rush’ immediately after as the blood resumes normal flow and mood-enhancing effects after each session can last for hours even days after.
What is your cancellation policy?
We require at least two (2) hours prior to your session without penalty. Cancellations must be made by phone or email. Late cancels and no-shows will be deducted one (1) session from session packages.
Who should not do Cryotherapy?
The following conditions are contraindications to whole body Cryotherapy: Pregnancy, severe Hypertension (BP> 180/100),symptomatic cardiovascular disease, cardiac pacemaker, peripheral arterial occlusive disease, venous thrombosis, acute or recent cerebrovascular accident, acute or recent myocardial infarction, symptomatic lung disorders, bleeding disorders, severe anemia, infection, claustrophobia, unstable angina pectoris, arrhythmia, uncontrolled seizures, Raynaud’s Syndrome, fever, tumor disease, cold allergy, age less than 18 years (parental consent to treatment needed), acute kidney and urinary tract diseases.
Is it comfortable?
Clients are required to dress in protective clothing composed of cotton socks, cotton underwear (for men), and gloves to protect the temperature-sensitive tissues of the body. The treatment is a short duration (2-3 minutes) and the nitrogen gases are a ‘dry’ cold, so it is very tolerable. Towards the end of the treatment, you may get a ‘pins and needles’ sensation, which disappears immediately after the treatment.
How soon can I expect results?
Immediately after the treatment, you’ll experience a release of endorphins, the body’s natural mood elevator, and an energy and mood boost that will last for several hours. Depending on physical condition, some people report immediate relief from joint and muscle pain, improved energy, and increased flexibility that last for several hours or even days following treatment. Changes in skin texture, reduction in cellulite, and weight loss take longer to see results and require a series of routine treatments for maximum results.
Are there risks with whole body Cryotherapy?
Whole-body Cryotherapy is very well tolerated and has minimal risks when done properly. Blood pressure can fluctuate during the procedure by up to 10 points systolically (the effect reverses itself at the end of the procedure, as peripheral circulation resumes normal flow). The are risks of allergic reaction to extreme cold (rare), claustrophobia, redness, and skin burns (only if exposed to low temperatures longer than recommended).
How many treatments are recommended?
Depending on the purpose and reason for choosing cryotherapy, you should initially take 5-10 treatments in close succession to maximize your results (minimum 3 days in a row). After that, you can take fewer treatments spaced further apart to maintain and improve on your results.
Can I catch a cold because of this procedure?
No. The cold impact of the cryo session increases the internal body temperature for a short period of time and actually stimulates the . immune system to help descrease the severity and frequency of future colds.
Do I have to take a shower before or after a session?
No. This procedure is completely dry and does not make your skin wet.
I get claustrophobic. Can I still do whole body Cryotherapy?
Yes. The door is not locked and you are able to open it and step out at any moment. The chamber is open at the top where your head is raised above the upper rim of the chamber.