Whole Body Cryotherapy BenefitsWhat are the origins of Whole Body Cryotherapy?
Whole Body Cryotherapy was first used in Japan in 1978 to treat rheumatic diseases, where it was studied and established as a powerful treatment for pain and inflammation associated with a number of many chronic conditions. Over the next three decades it quickly spread to Europe and other countries as it became widely known for its broad range of benefits. It is now becoming popular throughout the United States.
How does it work?
Upon entering the cryosauana, the patient stands and slowly turns while nitrogen gas fills the chamber. Over a period of three minutes, the patient’s skin surface temperature is lowered to approximately 30*F. This sudden drop in temperature triggers the skin’s cold receptors to activate the body’s most powerful survival mechanisms. This results in the release of endorphins and a rapid circulation of oxygen-rich blood throughout the body.
Is nitrogen dangerous?
No, nitrogen is a non-toxic gas that makes up about 78% of the air we breathe. However, breathing pure nitrogen could cause fainting, due to the lack of oxygen. To prevent this, the cryosauna is designed to keep the patient’s head above the chamber, and patients are instructed to breathe up or hold their breath during the treatment if the nitrogen approaches their face.
Will I feel discomfort during the treatment?
Most individuals are surprised to feel how tolerable a cryotherapy session is given such extreme temperatures. The nitrogen in our cryosauna creates a “dry” cold, which is much more comfortable than an ice bath. We will provide you with gloves and socks to keep your hands and feet warm. Our friendly technician will talk you through it and make the three minutes pass quickly and easily.
Can I return to my daily activities following a treatment?
Yes, there are no restrictions to your activities following a cryotherapy treatment.
How often should I do cryotherapy?
We recommend that our patients do their first ten sessions within thirty days and then decide how often they would like to continue. Many benefits such as a rush of endorphins and better sleep can be experienced as early as the first session, however maximum results are obtained with repeated treatments.
Is cryotherapy being used for professional athletes?
Yes. Many Olympic, professional, collegiate and even high school athletes are taking advantage of the natural edge gained from Whole Body Cryotherapy. The Dallas Cowboys, Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns, and many other professional teams provide access to a cryosauna for their players to use before and after games. Many colleges including OSU have also realized the need for this therapy and provide a cryosauna for their athletes. We welcome local sports teams to take advantage of our group pricing and gain an edge over the competition.
Who is a good candidate for cryotherapy?
People from a wide range of lifestyles and ages are a good candidate for this treatment. While it is certainly helpful to athletes and those with chronic pain, it is also highly recommended for individuals who simply want to improve their overall health and appearance. However, there are some conditions that would preclude an individual from utilizing this treatment. Please refer to our list of contradictions for more information. The minimum age is fourteen, and individuals under age eighteen must have parental consent.
May I use cryotherapy if I am claustrophobic?
Yes, you may. The door to the cryosauna is never locked, and you may exit the chamber at anytime. The chamber is open at the top and your head is raised above the rim, allowing more info you to see in all directions.
Are there any health contradictions to cryotherapy?
Yes, Whole Body Cryotherapy is not allowed for the following conditions:
Heart attack within previous 6 months
Decompensating diseases (edema) of the cardiovascular and respiratory system;
Congestive Heart Failure
Chronic liver disease
Unstable Angina Pectoris
Peripheral Arterial Occlusive Disease
Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) or known circulatory dysfunction
Acute febrile respiratory (Flu like respiratory conditions)
Acute kidney and urinary tract diseases
Cold Allergenic Phenomenon (known allergy to cold contactants)
Heavy consumerist diseases (abnormal bleeding)
Bacterial and viral infections of the skin
Wound healing disorders (open sores or discharging wound/skin conditions)
Alcohol and drugs abuse
Valvular heart disease
Recent heart surgery
Ischemic heart disease
Hyperhidrosis – heavy perspiration
Do I have to wear anything specifically?
No, while in the cryochamber you will only be wearing socks, slippers and gloves, and men also wear briefs. This allows for 90% of your skin to be exposed to the hyper cool air. It is fine to leave your hair down and have on face lotion or makeup. We just ask that you do not apply lotion or any moisture to your skin an hour before your session. No jewelry or metals can be worn below the neck.
How long will my first appointment take?
The first appointment with CryoUSA can take anywhere between 15-20 minutes. We like to fully educate our clients and help with any questions they may have. After the first appointment, sessions typically take 5-7 minutes.
Are there any limitations on using cryotherapy?
Yes, a client under the age of 14 cannot use cryotherapy. The client cannot have high blood pressure, have or have had seizures, have a severe case of Raynaud’s syndrome, be pregnant, have any existing heart issue, have any major vascular issues, have clots or have had a brain aneurism, have any severe reaction to cold or have had a stroke. Other contraindications exist for which each client should fully read the waiver.