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Cryotherapy

What Can Cryotherapy Do for You?

Cryotherapy is a natural treatment that stimulates the body’s natural healing potential and activates the immune response. Proven to reduce pain, minimize inflammation, and enhance sports performance, cryotherapy is popular amongst high-performing athletes, models, celebrities, and Olympians.There is no other therapy known to elicit such a powerful, positive and holistic response.

Benefits of Cryotherapy

  • Increases metabolic rate (each session burns 500-800 calories)
  • Reduces overall inflammatory response in the body
  • Improves circulation
  • Higher sports performance and recovery
  • Stimulates the body’s natural healing abilities
  • Stimulates the circulatory system, energy meridians, and the nervous systems
  • Releases endorphins, producing an overall higher sense of well-being
  • Alleviates pain from chronic injury
  • Promotes the production of collagen and reduces pore size
  • Increases skin elasticity
  • Increases oxygenation throughout the body
  • Improved mood and decreased risk of depression
  • Promotes a more restful night’s sleep

Have Questions? Browse our FAQs Below.

WHAT IS CRYOTHERAPY?

Whole body cryotherapy (WBC) was originally developed in Japan in 1978, the benefits have been studied and refined in Europe since that time. Whole body cryotherapy has recently been introduced in the US and is currently popular among doctors, chiropractors, physical therapists and professional athletes.

First introduced in the late 1970s in Japan and subsequently refined in Europe, cryotherapy is an innovative and natural healing technique in which a patient enters a special chamber where nitrogen gas lowers his or her surface temperature from the normal 30 degrees Fahrenheit to minus 166 degrees Fahrenheit. Doing so reduces muscle pain, swelling and inflammation. Cryo comes from the Greek word “kurios,” which means “icy” or “cold,” and this therapy is rooted in the long-time practice of icing sore muscles after exercise or injury. Cryotherapy has been embraced by elite athletes representing eclectic sports, from basketball Kobe Bryant and LeBron James to baseball’s Texas Ranger pitcher C.J. Wilson.

WHAT HAPPENS DURING A TREATMENT?

The patient enters the cryochamber as the nitrogen gas fills and cools the chamber to approximately -250 Fahrenheit. Over a period of 3 minutes the patient’s skin surface is lowered approximately 30-40 degrees. This sudden drop in temperature triggers the body’s survival mechanisms. As a result, there is a release of endorphins as well as a rapid circulation of oxygen rich blood throughout the body. Capillaries will expand up to four times their natural diameter, which enables your white blood cells to access and heal your injuries up to five times faster.

IS NITROGEN DANGEROUS TO HUMANS?

No. Nitrogen is a non-toxic gas. The air that we breathe is made up of 78% nitrogen.

WHAT DO I WEAR?

PLEASE BE SURE NOT TO WEAR ANY LOTIONS, OILS, OR SPRAYS ON YOUR BODY AS THE MOISTURE MAY CAUSE FROSTBITE. Clients are required to dress in protective clothing composed of cotton socks (which are provided) and underwear. You will also be provided with a robe, which you will remove once you are inside the Cryosauna and the door is closed. Only your hands and face are visible to the operator during the procedure, so modesty is preserved at all times. Additionally, it is a dry, gaseous cold. Which means the treatment is tolerable even to those who may consider themselves cold-intolerant.

ARE THERE ANY AGE RESTRICTIONS?

Yes. No one under the age of 13 will be allowed treatment. If your age is 13-18, we require parental consent. ages 13-16 should have a physician’s referral.

WHAT DOES IT FEEL LIKE POST TREATMENT?

Everyone is different. Some describe a temporary tingling sensation following treatment. Other’s report a pleasurable feeling. The cold causes the body to releases endorphins, the same “feel good” hormones that can follow intense exercise. Many also say they enjoy a higher tolerance to pain when undergoing treatment before a workout, and decreased inflammation when undergoing it afterwards. Another bonus: cryotherapy burns 500 calories a session, thanks to the body’s increased metabolism. As with most therapies, consistency is necessary for ongoing benefits. The buoyant effects from each session last at least six – eight hours and increase with number of treatment sessions. Many clients have expressed that they have the best night of sleep after a Cryo session.

IS THERE ANYTHING I SHOULD AVOID FOLLOWING A CRYOTHERAPY TREATMENT?

Yes. Do not enter a hot sauna or Jacuzzi for at least six hours. You should also minimize alcohol consumption for several hours following treatment.

HOW MANY CRYOTHERAPY SESSIONS CAN I UNDERGO DAILY?

Two treatments daily is the max, spaced at least six hours apart.

I HEARD WORKING OUT AFTER TREATMENT IS A GOOD IDEA?

Although your core body temperature will not drop during the 3 minute Cryotherapy treatment, it may start to cool a couple of degrees after exiting the chamber due to your body’s heat loss. To stabilize your body’s temperature as well as promote vasodilatation (expansion of the body’s blood vessels) it is recommended that 10 minutes of light exercise be performed post Cryotherapy. The movement will induce more rapid vasodilatation of the vessels and capillaries and can extend the period of analgesia as well as feelings of well-being.

HOW MANY TREATMENTS SHOULD I TAKE TO ACHIEVE OPTIMAL RESULTS?

Depending on the condition being treated, you should initially take 5 – 10 treatments in close succession to maximize your results.

CAN I CATCH A COLD BECAUSE OF THIS PROCEDURE?

No. The immediate cold impact of the Cryosauna 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'M CLAUSTROPHOBIC. MAY I USE WHOLE BODY CRYOTHERAPY?

Yes, you may. The door is never locked and you may step out at any moment. The chamber is open at the top and your head is raised above the level of the upper rim of the chamber. Additionally, you can see our operator at all times and we try to keep you distracted for your three-minute treatment.

DO I HAVE TO TAKE A SHOWER BEFORE AND/OR AFTER THE PROCEDURE?

No, you don’t. This procedure is absolutely dry and does not make your skin wet. We have many clients who pop over during a lunch break or on their way to work!

WHAT ARE THE RISKS OF WHOLE BODY CRYOTHERAPY?

Whole body Cryotherapy is very well tolerated and has minimal risks: Fluctuations in blood pressure during the procedure by up to 10 systolic points (this effect reverses after the end of the procedure, as your circulation returns to normal), allergic reaction to extreme cold (rare), claustrophobia, anxiety.

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
  • Cardiac Stent
  • Peripheral arterial occlusive disease
  • Venous thrombosis
  • Acute or recent cerebrovascular accident
  • COPD
  • Uncontrolled seizures
  • Raynaud’s Syndrome
  • Fever
  • Tumor disease
  • Symptomatic lung disorders
  • Bleeding disorders
  • Severe anemia
  • Infection
  • Cold allergy
  • Acute kidney and urinary tract diseases
  • Open wounds
  • Ischemic heart disease