As mentioned in my last post, cryotherapy is my new thing… I had some questions about it that I now have answers for. I thought I’d share… Enjoy!
Q: Who Developed Whole Body Cryotherapy Technology?
A: WBC was originally developed in Japan for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. It has been researched and refined in Europe over the past two decades. Sports, Health and Spa professionals have discovered then benefits of the whole body cryotherapy.
Q: How does Whole BodyCryotherapy work?
A: The client steps into the cryosauna which used gasiform nitrogen to rapidly lower the skin surface temperature to 30F to 32F. The cryosauna temperature ranges between -130C to -160C. Given the fact that the procedure is very short (1-3 minutes), the superficial layer of the skin is the only one who is cooling, the temperature of the internal organs remaining the same. The system reacts at a low temperature, sending signs to the brain, which stimulates the whole self-regulation functions of the body, adding especially on the elements which don’t function properly.
Q: How does Cryotherapy compare to an Ice Bath?
A: Whole body cryotherapy is an advances form of ice therapy but not the same. Ice baths can last up to 20 minutes, are painful and damaging to the skin. The body move blood to the extremities and results in a chilled lowering of the body.s core temperatures. In the CryoSauna, the skin is never penetrated, yet the body responds on a deeper level, and improves the skin’s overall condition. Even it is stimulates the production of collagen, redness is reduced and skin becomes more firm and even-tone. Whole body cryotherapy is much faster, less then 3 minutes, and results in better recovery which leads to better performance.
Q: Will you be able to stand the cold?
A: There is no actual freezing, only the feeling of being cold. Whole body cryotherpay is simply very cold air flowing over the surface of the skin. The air is completely dry and save.
Q: Is Nitrogen gas dangerous to human beings?
A: NO, nitrogen is a friendly, non-toxic gas. Nitrogen composes 78% of the air that we breathe. The other components are 16% Oxygen, 1% Hydrogen and 5% other gases. Nitrogen is as common and safe as Oxygen.
Q: What does the client wear in the cryosauna?
A: Dry socks with a slipper for the feet, cotton gloves for the hands and a dry undergarment. All jewelry, watches, chains, bracelets, earrings are removed. Cryotherapy is a dry cold with no moisture and tolerable even to those who consider themselves cold-intolerant.
Q: How does the client feel after a cryotherapy session?
A: Cryotherapy stimulates the body to release endorphins, the hormones that make us feel good and energetic(“the hormone of happiness”). The buoyant effects from each session typically last for six to eight hours. Many clients report improvements in their sleep quality after cryotherapy.
Q: Can the client catch a cold from cryotherapy?
A: 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.
Q: Do I have to take a shower before or after the procedure?
A: No, you don’t. The procedure is purely dry. We strongly recommend to not shower 1 hour before cryotherapy.
Q: What are the risks of whole body cryotherapy?
A: WBC is very well tolerated and has minimal risks. Fluctuations in blood pressure during the procedure by up to 10 points systolically (reverses after the procedure as peripheral circulation returns to normal), allergic reaction to extreme cold (rare), claustrophobia, anxiety, 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.
Q: Who should not use Whole Body Cryotherapy?
A: The following conditions are contraindications for WBC: Pregnancy, severe hypertensions (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, tumour disease, symptomatic lung disorders, bleeding disorders, severe anemia, infection, claustrophobia, cold allergy, acute kidney and urinary tract diseases, incontinence.
Q: How many treatments are needed to achieve optimal results?
A: During each session the body releases endorphins which are hormones that make you feel good and energetic. The effects from each session last at least 6-8 hours. Depending on the condition, you may initially take 6-10 treatments in close succession (separated by 1-2 days – e.g. 3x/week) to maximize your results. After that you can take fewer treatment spaced further apart to maintain and improve on your results (e.g. once every week or two weeks). Consistent use of the CryoSauna can extend the benefits for grated lengths of time. Decreases inflammation is experienced. Clients suffering from pain in general will experience relief almost immediately. CryoSauna sessions will also increase your metabolic rate, burning 500-800 calories that day. Whole body cryotherapy used on a regular basis can help your body reset it’s metabolism.
Q: Is exercise recommended after the cryotherapy session?
A: Yes, an advantage of cryotherapy over ice therapy 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.