Frequently asked questions
WHO DEVELOPED THE FIRST CRYOTHERAPY SAUNA?
Whole body cryotherapy was first developed by Dr. Yamaguchi in Japan in the late 1970’s. The benefits of Whole Body Cryotherapy have been studied and refined in Europe since then. Initially studied for treating rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and other chronic medical inflammatory conditions, Dr. Yamaguchi discovered Cryotherapy treatment significantly reduce the pain, soreness and inflammation his patients usually experienced during during joint movement because the decrease of temperature of the body’s exterior led to the immediate release of endorphins and a decrease in sensitivity to pain and discomfort.
TO WHAT EXTENT HAS WHOLE BODY CRYOTHERAPY BEEN RESEARCHED & STUDIED?
Researches in the United States and Europe have been researching, studying and developing Whole Body therapy since its beginnings in 1978.
HOW DOES WHOLE BODY CRYOTHERAPY WORK?
Whole Body Cryotherapy uses ultra-cooled nitrogen gas application to lower the client’s skin temperature 30 degrees Fahrenheit for between 1 and 3 minutes. Thermoreceptors in the skin send messages to the brain and central nervous system and the body goes into “Survival Mode” by sending hyper-oxygenated and nutritious blood via vasoconstriction to the body’s vital organs in its core. After exiting the ultra-cooled environment, the body begins the warm to its natural temperature and vasodilation occurs, sending the oxygenated and nutritious blood back out to the body’s periphery. This process provides the body with extra nutrients, rids the body of toxins, produces collagen, and activates the body’s natural cell regeneration cycle to produce newer, healthier cells.
IS THE NITROGEN APPLICATION OF CRYOTHERAPY DANGEROUS?
Absolutely not. Nitrogen gas is a non-toxic natural gas. The atmosphere that we breathe is composed of 78% Nitrogen, 20% oxygen and 2% other elements. Nitrogen gas is utilized in Cryotherapy for its stable properties at very low temperatures.
WILL I BE ABLE TO TOLERATE THE COOL TEMPERATURES OF CRYOTHERAPY?
Cooled Nitrogen gas is very dry, so the feeling is not comparable to very cool water — it actually feels less uncomfortable and cold for this reason. The process of Cryotherapy never freezes the skin or soft tissue; the sensation of coldness is what actually drives the systemic response.
HOW DOES CRYOTHERAPY COMPARE TO AN ICE BATH?
The results and benefits seen from Cryotherapy are not seen in application of an ice bath. After 15 minutes in the extremely unbearable coldness of an ice bath, the body’s surface temperature does not even reach freezing whereas during Cryotherapy the skin temperature can get to below freezing in just 2 to 3 minutes. This cooling below freezing temperatures is what triggers the system response of the brain and central nervous system and is absolutely necessary to in obtaining the benefits of cryotherapy.
HOW WILL I FEEL AFTER COMPLETING THE CRYOTHERAPY TREATMENT?
During each cryotherapy treatment the body releases endorphins, which supply your body with a natural source of energy and invigoration. This endorphin energy will last 6 to 8 hours after the session. Like any new regimen, consistency is important to achieve the most beneficial results possible. Cryotherapy effectively decreases pain and increases ability. You will also burn 500 to 800 calories per treatment due to the sharp increase in metabolism.
CAN I EXERCISE & WORKOUT DIRECTLY BEFORE OR AFTER CRYOTHERAPY TREATMENT?
Yes. It is recommended that you workout before getting a cryotherapy treatment because you can obtain great muscle and joint recovery due to the anti-inflammatory benefits of cryotherapy. If you choose to workout after your cryotherapy treatment you can expect a higher pain tolerance, more energy, more range of motion, great flexibility and higher abilities in general.
CAN I BECOME SICK OR CATCH A COLD FROM CRYOTHERAPY TREATMENT?
No — actually the response from the body to the ultra-cooled environment of Cryotherapy raises the body’s core temperature temporarily. The detoxification, cellular regeneration and immune system reset process can actually assist the body in recovering from an illness.
I AM CLAUSTROPHOBIC...WILL I BE ABLE TO HANDLE CRYOTHERAPY?
Absolutely. The cryosauna is open at the top so the client’s head is completely exposed and the client is in constant communication with the technician during the entire Cryotherapy treatment process. The door is never locked and the client can exit the cryosauna at any time if they feel any distress or discomfort.
HOW OFTEN CAN I GET CRYOTHERAPY?
For best results it is recommended that client’s get Cryotherapy 2 to 3 times per week. It is safe to do up to 2 cryotherapy treatments per day but is only recommended for those in heavy training or rehabilitation.
DO I HAVE TO TAKE A SHOWER BEFORE OR AFTER A CRYOTHERAPY TREATMENT?
No — the procedure is completely dry and does not leave your skin wet whatsoever.
WHY IS IT NECESSARY TO WEAR SOCKS, GLOVES AND UNDERGARMENTS?
Gloves, socks and undergarments are worn to protect these areas from becoming too cold. The body’s response to the ultra-cooled environment is to send blood from the body’s periphery to the vital organs in the body’s core; when blood is taken from the limbs and extremities, these areas cool down more rapidly than normal, so protective materials such as socks and gloves are necessary to ensure the clients comfort and safety.
WHO SHOULD NOT GET CRYOTHERAPY TREATMENT
If you have experienced any of the following health conditions, it is advised not to obtain Cryotherapy treatment: Pregnancy, severe Hypertension (Blood Pressure> 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, tumor disease, symptomatic lung disorders, bleeding disorders, fever, severe anemia, infection, cold allergy, acute kidney and urinary tract diseases. Any client with history of cardiac disease with the past 6 months will be required to have a physicians statement clearing them to get Whole Body Cryotherapy treatment.
IS THERE AN AGE RESTRICTION FOR CRYOTHERAPY TREATMENT?
It is recommended that clients be at least 16 years of age with parental consent to get a Whole Body Cryotherapy treatment. For clients who are between 14 and 15 years of age, a physicians release and parental consent form and required for Cryotherapy treatment.
WHAT ARE THE HEALTH RISKS OF WHOLE BODY CRYOTHERAPY?
Whole Body Cryotherapy treatment has minimal risk. Blood pressure fluctuations during the treatment by up to 10 points systolic, allergic reaction to the extreme cold temperatures (rare), and activiation of some viral conditions (such as cold sores, etc) due to the stimulation of the immune system can occur but are unlikely.
Can minors freeze?
Yes, with a parent or guardian present.