- 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?Researchers in the United States and Europe have been researching, studying and developing Whole Body therapy since its beginnings in 1978.
- WHAT IS CRYOTHERAPY?
Cryotherapy is the local or general use of low temperatures in various forms of therapy. The term “cryotherapy” comes from the Greek word (κρυο) meaning cold, and therapy (θεραπεια) meaning cure. Cryotherapy has been used as early as the seventeenth century and is now used in whole body cryotherapy procedures for a variety of benefits.
- 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.
- WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT FROM A CRYOTHERAPY SESSION ?
We use the Cryomed XL models all of which use pressurized liquid nitrogen to lower your skin’s surface temperature from normal body temperature to 30°F in about 30 seconds or less and keeps it that way for 2-3 minutes. The skin reacts to the cold through a process called vasoconstriction, which pulls the blood from the extremities and brings it to the core to protect the vital organs and sends messages to the brain that stimulates the regulatory functions of the body. After the 2-3 minute process, new re-oxygenated blood, filled with new hormones, then initiates a detox process and scans all areas of the body that may not be working, back to their fullest potential.
- IS NITROGEN DANGEROUS TO HUMAN BEINGS?
No. Nitrogen is a non-toxic gas. The air that we breathe is made up of 16% Oxygen, 1% Hydrogen, 78% Nitrogen and 5% of other components. Well-trained cryotherapy operators will make sure that every session user, maintains consistent and even breathing, so that oxygen levels don’t dip beyond the norm.
- IS IT COMFORTABLE? WHAT DO I WEAR DURING A CRYOTHERAPY SESSION?
Before entering the Cryosauna, clients are required to dress in protective clothing composed of cotton socks (which we have available for purchase) underwear for men and for women its optional. 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.
- HOW DO I FEEL AFTER A CRYOTHERAPY TREATMENT?
During each cryotherapy session the body releases endorphins, which are hormones that make you feel good and energetic. The buoyant, euphoric effects from each session last at least 6-8 hours and increase with frequent cryo treatment sessions. Many clients have expressed that they have the best night of sleep after a cryotherapy session. We recommend an aggressive regimen of daily cryotherapy sessions for 3 months and then take 2 months off to allow the body to recover an go through a natural healing process.
- 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.
- HOW MANY TREATMENTS SHOULD IT TAKE TO FEEL ACTUAL RESULTS?Depending on the condition of treatment, you should initially take 7-10 treatments in close succession (separated by 1-2 days – e.g. 3x/week) for a solid three months, to maximize your results. After that you can use fewer treatments spaced further apart to maintain and improve on your results (e.g. once every week or two weeks) to allow your body to go through the healing process.
- 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.
- HOW WILL I FEEL DURING A CRYOTHERAPY SESSION IF I AM CLAUSTROPHOBIC?
You will feel comfortable. Our cryosauna isn’t closed compartments. The door is never locked and you may step out at any moment. The cryo chamber is open to the top and your head is raised above the level of the upper rim of the chamber. Additionally, you can see our provider at all times and we try to keep you distracted for your 2½ – 3 minute cryotherapy treatment.
- DO I HAVE TO TAKE A SHOWER BEFORE AND/OR AFTER A CRYOTHERAPY SESSION?
No, you don’t have to take a shower after a cryo session. This process does not make your skin wet. We have many clients who visit our cryotherapy location during a lunch break or on their way to work!
- ARE THERE ANY CONTRAINDICATIONS TO THE USAGE OF WHOLE BODY CRYOTHERAPY?Cancer, 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, cold allergy, acute kidney and urinary tract diseases. Contact your physician if you are looking to try cryotherapy and may be concerned.
- 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 points systolically (this effect reverses after the end of the procedure, as peripheral circulation returns to normal), allergic reaction to extreme cold (rare), claustrophobia, anxiety, activation of some viral conditions (cold sores) etc. due to stimulation of the immune system.
- 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 physician’s release and parental consent form are required for Cryotherapy treatment.