FAQ’s

Please contact us if you have any questions not listed below.

 

 

What is the origin of Whole Body Cryotherapy?

Cryotherapy was originally developed in Japan to treat pain associated with rheumatoid arthritis.   It has been researched and refined in Europe over the past two decades.   Sports, Health and Spa professionals in the U.S. use WBC for muscle recovery, inflammation reduction, pain management and skin care.

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. View some of our articles and studies and information on Cryotherapy.

Who should use Whole Body Cryotherapy

Cryotherapy is ideal for everyone: 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.

How many treatments are needed to obtain optimal results

Everyone is different. We all have different aches and pains and activity levels. It should initially take five to ten treatments in close succession (every other day).  After this initial loading period, maintenance treatments should be twice per week. 

What do I wear during my Cryotherapy treatment?

The idea is to expose as much skin surface as possible so that the body’s reaction is optimized.  We provide you with dry socks and slip-on shoes for your feet.  We also provide cotton gloves for your hands.

Men should have a dry undergarment.

Women can wear dry undergarment; Sports Bra/Swimsuit Top if desired. (NO WIRING IN BRA)

Is there an age restriction for Cryotherapy treatments?

It is recommended that clients be at least 13 years of age with parental consent to get a cryotherapy treatment. Clients who are under the age of 18 will need a parental consent form required for their cryotherapy treatment.

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 endorphins resulting in super-charged blood.  In an ice bath, fifteen minutes of cold water initially causes the body to move blood to the extremities and results in a chilled lowering of the body’s core temperature.  Ice baths do no supercharge the blood.

Is nitrogen 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 common. We monitor Oxygen levels at all times.

Is Whole Body Cyotherapy comfortable?

Yes.  WBC 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.  

How do I feel after a Cryotherapy treatment?

Cryotherapy stimulates the body to release endorphins, the hormones that make us feel alert and energetic. Many clients report improvements in their sleep quality after cryotherapy. Everyone experiences different results over different time frames. We encourage you to let us know how Cryotherapy helps you!

Can I catch a cold from Whole Body Cryotherapy?

No.  The immediate cold impact of the cryotherapy will raise the internal body temperature for a short period of time.  The stimulation of the immune system can help decrease the severity and frequency of future colds.

I am claustrophobic, can I use Whole Body Cryotherapy?

Yes.  Your entire head remains exposed to the room and above the Cryo-Chamber. Only your body is in the Cryo-Chamber.

Is exercise recommended after a Cryotherapy treatment?

There are no restrictions after your session. You can work out prior to your session or exercise after your session.

Who should use Whole Body Cryotherapy?

WBC 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 WBC with parent’s consent.

Are there any risks associated with Whole Body Cryotherapy?

Cryotherapy is very well tolerated and has minimal risks.  Fluctuations in blood pressure during the procedure by up to 10 points (reverses after the procedure as peripheral circulation returns to normal), allergic reaction to extreme cold (rare), and claustrophobia.

Who should not use Whole Body Cryotherapy?

The following conditions are contraindications for Cryotherapy: Pregnancy, severe hypertension, 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, tumor disease, symptomatic lung disorders, bleeding disorders, severe anemia, acute kidney and urinary tract diseases.

Who should not use Whole Body Cryotherapy?

The following conditions are contraindications for WBC: 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.