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 Cryohealthcare’s cryochambers have been used for almost forty years. The nitrogen that is used to cool these chambers is the same nitrogen that makes up the air we breathe (actually 78% of it). In the chamber, the client is submerged in the liquid nitrogen fumes only up to the neck, while breathing room air at all times. 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. The client is in continuous communication with the technician always, which improves the client’s overall sense of safety.
Is it comfortable?
Before entering the Cryosauna, clients are required to dress in protective clothing composed of cotton socks, clogs and gloves (men should wear cotton underwear). The treatment is of short duration (30 seconds-3 minutes), and the cold is dry, so it is very tolerable.
How do I feel after the treatment?
Our clients report that after each session, they feel good and energetic. Many report sleeping well and having increased mental clarity.
How many treatments should I do?
A typical course is 5 – 20 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 client is in continuous communication with the technician at all times, which improves the client’s overall sense of safety.
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 Cryotherapy 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.
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