FAQ: Whole Body Cryotherapy
Who developed this technology?
Whole body cryotherapy was originally developed in Japan in 1978 and has been used in Europe and Japan for more than three decades. Multiple research studies have been published in medical journals about the effects of whole body cryotherapy, and in many European countries, the treatments are covered by medical insurance policies.
Is it safe?
Single person and multi-person walk-in cryochambers similar to Cryohealtcare’s cryochambers have been used for almost 40 years. Problems only arise if a client steps into the machine with wet clothing, especially wet socks, as water will freeze immediately at these temperatures. The nitrogen being used to cool these chambers is the same nitrogen that makes up the air we breathe (actually 78% of it). In either type of chamber, the client breathes room-air. For added safety, chambers are also equipped with an oxygen monitor. In order to protect the more temperature sensitive tissues such as hands and feet, clients wear dry socks, slippers, and gloves, which we provide. In the walk-in chambers, clients also have to wear a face-mask (to protect the nose and prevent the inhalation of cold air), as well as earmuffs or a hat covering the ears.
Is it comfortable?
Before entering the Cryosauna or Cryochamber, clients are required to dress in protective clothing composed of cotton socks, cotton underwear (for men), and gloves. If you are using the walk-in chamber, you will also be provided with a cotton band to cover your ears and a disposable mask to cover your mouth. The treatment is of short duration (2-3 minutes), and the cold is ‘dry’, so it is very tolerable. Towards the end of the treatment, you may get a ‘pins and needles’ sensation, which disappears immediately after the treatment.
How do I feel after the treatment?
Our clients report that after each session, they feel good and energetic.
How many treatments should I do?
A typical course is 5 – 10 treatments in close succession (separated by 1-2 days — e.g. 3x/week. After that you can take fewer treatments spaced further apart to maintain and improve results (e.g. once every week or two weeks).
Can I catch a cold because of this procedure?
No. The immediate cold impact of the Cryosession will raise the internal body temperature for a short period of time.
I am claustrophobic. May I use WBC?
Yes, you may. The door is never locked and you may step out at any moment.
Do I have to take a shower before or after?
No, you don’t. This procedure is absolutely dry and does not make your skin wet.
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 18 years (parental consent to treatment needed), acute kidney and urinary tract diseases.
What are the risks of whole body cryotherapy?
Whole body Cryohtherapy is very well tolerated, fluctuations in blood pressure during the procedure can change by 10 points (this effect reverses after the end of the procedure, as peripheral circulation returns to normal), allergic reaction to extreme cold (rare), claustrophobia, redness, and skin burns (only if exposed to low temperatures longer than recommended) have been reported.
- First time freeze – $25
- Single session – $65
- 5 sessions – $249
- 10 sessions – $449
- 20 sessions – $749
- Unlimited monthly membership – $199 (requires 30 day cancellation notice)