Whole Body Cryotherapy – Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is Whole Body Cryotherapy?
Whole Body Cryotherapy (WBC) is a cold therapy treatment method (uses liquid nitrogen) where the skin is exposed to temperatures between -100° F to -180° F for up to three minutes. The method was first used in Japan back in 1978 for treating rheumatic disease. Since then, numerous studies have been conducted and have shown that cryotherapy is a powerful treatment for reducing inflammation and pain symptoms associated with a wide range of chronic conditions as well as boosting the metabolism, losing weight, helps decrease some psychological ailments, boosts energy and speeds up recovery.
2. Who should not use whole body cryotherapy?
The following conditions are contraindications to whole body cryotherapy:
Pregnancy, severe hypertension (BP> 180/100), acute or recent myocardial infarction, unstable angina pectoris, arrhythmia, symptomatic cardiovascular disease, cardiac pacemaker, peripheral arterial occlusive disease, venous thrombosis, acute or recent cerebrovascular accident, uncontrolled seizures, Raynaud’s Syndrome, fever, tumor disease, symptomatic lung disorders, bleeding disorders, severe anemia, infection, claustrophobia, cold allergy, age less than 16 years or less than 5 feet tall (parental consent to treatment
needed), acute kidney and urinary tract diseases.
3. Is it like an ice bath?
Whole body cryotherapy is similar to an ice bath in that it is a cold therapy. There are key differences. A whole body cryotherapy session is a maximum of three-minutes and an ice-bath is a maximum of twenty-minutes. Cryotherapy is a dry, painless cold and an ice-bath, at a minimum, is uncomfortable. Whole body
cryotherapy cold only penetrates the top layers of skin; an ice bath penetrates into the muscles and joints, which introduces the potential for tissue damage and the potential to lower the body’s core temperature. Whole body cryotherapy cold dissipates quickly; ice bath cold dissipates gradually.
4. Why do people use whole body cryotherapy?
People use whole body cryotherapy to compliment health and wellness initiatives.
5. What do I wear during a cryotherapy session?
We’ll provide you with everything, just be sure to wear undergarments without metal for your treatment and be completely dry (no sweat). During a cryotherapy session a participant wears dry thermal socks, thermal gloves, cryo boots and your choice of going completely nude (females ONLY) or in undergarments or bathing suit and males in boxers or any underwear. The more skin that is exposed the better the results.
6. How will I feel during the cryotherapy session?
During the cryotherapy session participants feel an extreme dry cold on the surface of their skin. Some participants may even shiver. You may experience tingly sensation on the legs, which is normal. Every person's experience is different.
7. How will I feel after the cryotherapy session?
After the session, participants report a sense of invigoration and euphoria.
8. How often can I have a cryotherapy session?
While a single session will instantly help, we recommend doing at least 2 treatments per week for the first month. Many customers come more like 3-4 or even 5-6 times per week to maximize their potential. For ongoing maintenance we recommend at least weekly. Cryotherapy can be as frequent as daily (Max twice daily) and many find the daily routine provides the most consistent results.
9. Can I workout before/after cryotherapy?
Yes, you can do both - it is a matter of personal preference. If you choose to workout before your treatment, we ask that you allow enough time to be completely dry (no sweat). Doing cryotherapy before a workout will help loosen you up and prime your body for any physical activity. Doing cryotherapy post-workout will reap the full benefits of recovery and feeling more energized and flexible.
10. When will I see results or improvement?
Immediately you’ll notice the positive effects of increased endorphins and adrenaline, leaving you feeling focused and recharged. If you’re looking to see more physical changes, results are seen after about two weeks of regular treatments.
11. If I'm claustrophobic can I do cryotherapy?
Yes. Our cryotherapy chambers are open at the top and your head is fully above the machine. Plus, the door doesn’t lock as it’s held closed by magnets allowing the ability to exit easily. A CryoExpert is always present during a session to make sure you are okay.
12. What are the benefits?
Reduces inflammation and pain
Accelerates tissue healing
Improves blood circulation
Assists with cellulite reduction
Promotes healthier complexion
Increases collagen production
Improves sleep patterns
Aides against anxiety/depression