Frequently Asked Questions
What is Cryotherapy?
Localized Cryotherapy dates to the 1600s, with the Greek term “cryo” meaning “cold,” and “therapy” meaning “cure.” In 1978 Dr. Toshima Yamaguchi successfully treated rheumatoid arthritis patients for pain and inflammation with extremely cold temperatures and the rest as they say was history – Whole Body Cryotherapy was born. People in Japan and Europe have been using Cryotherapy for over 30 years. Cryotherapy is relatively new to the United States and we are seeing an increased popularity as people experience the many benefits it provides.
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.
Is it comfortable? What do I wear?
Before entering the Cryo Chamber, clients are required to dress in protective clothing composed of socks, booties, undergarments and a mask or buff. You will be provided with socks, booties, a spa wrap or boxer shorts, gloves, a robe, and a buff to cover your mouth. Ear muffs are available upon request. Before entering the Cryo Chamber, you will remove the robe and hand to the technician. 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 I finish a treatment?
During each session the body releases endorphins, which are hormones that make you feel good and energetic. 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.
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 the procedure?
No. The immediate cold impact of the Cryo Chamber 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 has a window that can be raised or lowered based on your comfort level. Additionally, you can see our operator at all times and we try to keep you distracted for your three minute treatment by talking with you or playing your favorite music while you dance around in the chamber!
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!
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.
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:
Severe Hypertension (BP> 180/100)
Acute or recent myocardial infarction
Symptomatic cardiovascular disease
Peripheral arterial occlusive disease
Acute or recent cerebro vascular accident
Symptomatic lung disorders
Acute kidney and urinary tract diseases
Ischemic heart disease