Whole Body Cryotherapy was originally developed for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. It has been researched and refined in Europe over the past two decades. Sports, Health and Spa professionals in U.S. have discovered then benefits of whole body cryotherapy. Research into extreme cold therapy began in 1978 by Dr. T. Yamauchi, a rheumatologist in Japan. He started using freezing treatments of short duration on his rheumatoid arthritis patients’ skin surface for pain management purposes. He concluded that rapid short-term freezing of the skin’s surface led to immediate release of endorphins and is more effective than gradual cooling in an ice bath. Further research conducted over the last two decades in Europe has established WBC as a powerful treatment for inflammatory disorders and injuries.
The client steps into the cryosauna which uses gasiform nitrogen to rapidly lower the skin surface temperature to 30°F to 32°F. The cryosauna temperature ranges between -130°F to -190°F for the two to three minutes of treatment. The brain reacts to the skin’s cold sensors by stimulating the regulatory functions of the body by redirecting blood from the extremities to the body’s core to protect the vital organs. Once this happens, the blood is renewed with fresh oxygen, enzymes, hormones, and micronutrients. After the treatment, the nutrient-enhanced blood rapidly returns to the extremities where it can then repair body tissues and revitalize the body. Users often experience the feeling of euphoria and/or increased energy.
Dry socks and neoprene boots for the feet, thermal gloves for the hands, and dry undergarments (Men: boxers/briefs/shorts; Women: sports bra and underwear) All jewelry from the neck down including; watches, chains, bracelets, earrings, and body jewelry are to be removed. If body jewelry is unable t be removed, it must be covered by clothing and/or fabric tape (sports tape).
Whole Body Cryotherapy stimulates the body to release endorphins; the hormones that make us feel good and energetic. The buoyant effects from each session typically last for six to eight hours. Many clients report improvements in their sleep quality after cryotherapy.
No. The immediate cold impact of the cryotherapy 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.
The following conditions are contraindications for Whole Body Cryotherapy: Pregnancy, severe hypertension (BP > 180/100), hypothyroidism, acute or recent myocardial infarction (heart attack: need to be cleared for exercise), narrowing of valves, crescent-shaped aorta and mitral valve, unstable angina pectoris, arrhythmia, symptomatic cardiovascular disease, cardiac pacemaker, peripheral arterial occlusive disease, venous thrombosis, acute or recent cerebrovascular accident (stroke: must be cleared for exercise), uncontrolled seizures, Raynaud’s syndrome, fever, tumor disease, symptomatic lung disorders, bleeding disorders, severe anemia, infection, claustrophobia, cold allergy, acute kidney and urinary tract diseases, incontinence, age less than 18 years (parental consent required).
Depending upon the condition being treated, we recommend an initial treatment plan of 10 treatments within 2 weeks. After this initial loading period, maintenance treatments should be continued to optimize results. The frequency of maintenance treatments will be determined based on your personal goals and specific condition.
Whole Body Cryotherapy has minimal risks and is generally well tolerated. The 3 main risks include Frostbite, increased blood pressure, and abrasions. To avoid this, it is very important to follow the recommended guidelines. To avoid frostbite, you must be completely dry and free of sweat on both skin and clothing. Fluctuations in blood pressure occur during the procedure by up to 10 points systolically (this reverses after the procedure as peripheral circulation returns to normal). It is not recommended for someone with uncontrolled high blood pressure to use whole body cryotherapy. To avoid abrasions caused by the liquid nitrogen, the user needs to rotate within the cryochamber. Other risks include allergic reaction to extreme cold (rare), claustrophobia, anxiety, shortness of breath due to the cold temperatures, lightheadedness (if inhaling too much nitrogen gas), activation of some viral conditions (cold sores, etc.) due to stimulation of the immune system. Protective clothing (socks, gloves, undergarments) must be dry in order to avoid frostbite. Redness of skin, tingling/prickly/or itchy sensations on skin have also been reported.
Yes, an advantage of Whole Body Cryotherapy vs. ice bath treatments is that tissues and muscle are not frozen. Ten minutes of light exercise post-cryotherapy will induce more rapid vasodilation of the vessels and capillaries, and extend the period of analgesia
Benefits will be experienced from your very first treatment. It is recommended to complete 10 sessions in 2 weeks for best results including a minimum of 4 consecutive treatments. Once the initial treatment is completed a maintenance regimen will be recommended based on the client’s specific goals. Some conditions may require a longer and more frequent treatment plan. Life style factors, the condition in need of treatment, mental attitude, and personal expectations will all factor into the proposed treatment plan. Results are not guaranteed.
Yes. This particular model of cryosauna (Impact Cryosauna) requires the individual to stand in order for the head to be outside the chamber.
It is safe to do every day if desired.
Whole Body Cryotherapy was originally created to treat Rheumatoid Arthritis. However, the growing list of benefits proves there is much more to the treatment than meets the eye. Other conditions that can be treated using Whole Body Cryotherapy include: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, Lyme’s Disease, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Chronic and acute inflammation, Migraines, Post-surgical swelling, Muscle spasms, Sciatica, Carpal tunnel syndrome, Whiplash, Weight-loss, Skin rejuvenation, Increased collagen production, Reduction in the appearance of cellulite, Improved skin tone, Reduction or elimination of blemishes, Reparation of scar tissue, Tendonitis, Decreased swelling of injuries, Increased range of motion, Improved sports performance, Increased flexibility, Quicker post-surgical and/or injury recovery time, CrossFit Injuries, Tennis Elbow, Runners knee, Impingement Syndrome, Improved Sleep, Increased Energy, Improved mood, Decrease in symptoms of depression, Improved immune response, Improved circulation, Erectile Dysfunction, Overall feeling of well-being. For more information on the benefits, please reference www.wholebodycryotherapy.org
The maximum session is 3 minutes. Treatments are administered in a progression beginning at 1-1 ½ minutes up to the full 3 minutes. This allows the body to become accustomed to the cold and also to help determine the individual’s level of toleration.
Remember, just as dry heat is more tolerable than humid heat, the same is true for the cold. There is absolutely no moisture and so the extreme cold temperatures are quite tolerable (even for someone who considers themselves to be cold intolerant.) The session only lasts 3 minutes maximum; so by the time your body begins to feel very cold and possibly starts to shiver, the session is over. If at any point in the treatment, the cold is too much to bear, the machine can be shut down upon the user’s request.