Q: How Does cryotherapy work?
Our cryosauna works by using cold dry air to expose your body to temperatures of negative 240˚F for 2 ½ to 3 minutes. Your body responds by constricting peripheral tissues sending blood from the skin surface, muscle tissue, and surrounding joint space to the vitals to protect core temperature (vasoconstriction). As the blood travels to the core it passes through the cardiovascular system where it is cleansed of toxins and supplied with oxygen, nutrients, and enzymes.
Once you step out of the cryosauna, your body immediately begins vasodilation, returning the enriched blood to peripheral tissues that have been cleansed of toxins. This physiological response stimulates the healing process.
Q: by Who and when was cryotherapy developed?
Whole Body Cryotherapy (WBC) originated in Japan in 1978 when Dr. Yamaguchi started using freezing treatments of short duration on his patients’ skin surface for rheumatoid arthritis pain management. Further research in Germany and in Soviet Russia revealed the benefit of Whole Body Cryotherapy on patients suffering from chronic inflammatory conditions and on elite athlete’s training programs.
Q: is cryotherapy research proven and safe?
WBC has been research proven and tested since 1978 in Japan, Germany and Soviet Russia. The liquid nitrogen that is used as a chilling agent does not come into contact with your skin, and it is the same nitrogen that makes up the air we breathe (actually 78% of it). You will breath filtered room-air. For added safety, chambers are equipped with an oxygen monitor. A trained operator is always present during the treatment so to control the temperature levels and monitor your comfort.
Q: How does cryotherapy compare to an ice bath?
It doesn’t. It is not possible to achieve the same temperatures and effect with an ice bath. Furthermore, an ice bath is generally an uncomfortable 20 minute or longer wet process, whereas WBC is only a 2½ to 3 minute completely dry session.
Q: How cold will I feel?
Even if you don't like being cold, you will be amazed at how your body responds to WBC. The treatment is a short duration of 2 ½ -3 minutes, and the cold is completely 'dry', so it is not only tolerable—it is refreshing.
Q: I am claustrophobic. Will I be able to do this?
Yes. The cryosauna door is never locked—you may step out at any time. Additionally, the sauna has an open top and your head is above and outside the sauna at all times.
Q: Do I need to shower before and/or after?
No, you don't. This therapy is totally dry and does not make your skin wet.
Q: Who should not use cryotherapy?
The following conditions are contraindications to whole body cryotherapy:
Pregnancy, severe hypertension, 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. You will not be allowed to use WBC with any of the above conditions.