1. What is Whole Body Cryotherapy?
WBC is the process of exposing the body to extremely low temperatures in order to elicit the natural healing process, using air chilled by liquid nitrogen (nitrogen makes up 78% of breathable air). Developed in Japan in the 1970s, WBC is used by professional athletes to decrease recovery time and/or improve performance, by patients seeking recovery from musculoskeletal pain, and for a variety of other reasons.
2. Is Whole Body Cryotherapy safe for me?
You should not use WBC if you:
- Are pregnant
- Have Raynaud’s Disease
- Have a cold, fever, or seasonal infection (flu, sinusitis, etc.)
- Have cold-induced asthma
- Have an open wound or sore (including tooth abscesses)
- Have severe hypertension
- Have hyperthyroidism
- Have a tumor disease
- Have a heart/cardiovascular/respiratory disease (which may include heart disease, hyper- or hypotension, angina, heart failure, ischemic heart disease, or other rhythmic conditions)
- Have acute respiratory disease
- Have a pacemaker
- Have peripheral arterial disease (Fontaine Stages III & IV )
- Have expired venous thrombosis
- Have seizures
- Have bacterial/viral skin infections
- Have acute kidney/urinary tract disease
- Are under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Have suffered from a Heart attack within less than 6 months
- Have severe anemia
- Have Polyneuropathy
For patients without the aforementioned contraindications, WBC is perfectly safe. It’s much safer than an ice bath, as cold is applied superficially and for a shorter period of time; the cooling agents never actually come into contact with your skin. Because the temperature change to your body is only superficial, your internal body temperature remains constant throughout treatment. Your head is always kept outside of the low-temperature area.
The Cryo Chamber is equipped with a number of safety features. The door closes, but never locks, so you are in complete control of your environment. A trained operator is always present to ensure your maximum safety. Additionally, the room is equipped with oxygen sensors and proper ventilation systems to ensure optimal air quality. Our staff is fully trained to make sure your experience yields ultimate health benefits while remaining completely safe.
3. What if I’m claustrophobic?
Throughout the entire WBC process, your head is kept in normal, room temperature air, outside of the Cryo Chamber. The door to the Cryosauna closes but does not lock, so you are always in control. A trained operator is always present to ensure your maximum safety.
4. How does Whole Body Cryotherapy compare to an ice bath?
An ice bath involves submersing a patient in cold water for about 10-20 minutes to encourage increased circulation and healing. An ice bath will feel significantly colder and more uncomfortable due to the direct conductivity of the water to the skin. Air conductivity to the skin is different, hence not feeling as cold as an ice bath (despite being much, much colder in actual temperature). WBC triggers the same advanced healing mechanisms in a more comfortable and more effective session (only 3 minutes max). WBC purifies the blood, increases the body’s nutrient flow, and removes toxins from the system.
5. How do I prepare for a Cryotherapy session?
No preparation is necessary prior to arriving at the center. Because dry air is used, there is no need to shower afterwards. It is common for patients to use WBC during a lunch break from work as the process is quick, clean, and simple.
6. Can I work out before/after a Cryotherapy session?
Yes. It’s common for athletes to utilize WBC prior to a workout in order to increase flexibility, range of motion, blood flow, and oxygen flow. Similarly, it’s common for athletes to use WBC after working out in order to expedite soft tissue healing. It is recommended that you shower prior to a session and avoid using any lotions or other topical products beforehand.
7. What can I expect to happen during a Whole Body Cryotherapy session?
Before entering the Cryosauna for the first time, our trained staff will walk you through the process step by step so you know exactly what to expect. While using the Cryosauna your extremities will be protected by gloves, socks, and slippers. Men are additionally required to wear cotton underwear for protection. The session will last between 1.5 and 3 minutes. During this time your core body temperature will not change. Because the air does not contain any moisture, you will feel chilled but not uncomfortably cold. Your skin temperature will drop to an average of 50° F during the session but will rise back to normal within a few minutes of the session’s conclusion.
8. How will I feel after a Whole Body Cryotherapy session?
When the session is complete, your skin will return to its normal temperature within minutes. Immediately after you may feel a slight tingling sensation, but within minutes you will likely feel relaxed, and muscular pain generally begins to subside immediately. Many patients report feeling invigorated with diminished pain symptoms immediately after WBC. Additionally, many experience better sleep after a session, and the invigorating effects of a session are cumulative and long-lasting with additional treatments. Follow-up sessions are recommended for maximum results.
9. How does Whole Body Cryotherapy Work?
Whole Body Cryotherapy is a process of exposing the body to ultra-cool air for no more than 3 minutes at a time in order to trick the brain that the body is freezing, triggering the body’s natural healing mechanisms. As your core works intensively to heat blood and transport it to your extremities, circulation is increased, purifying blood by replacing harmful toxins with oxygen. This oxygen-purified blood, full of hormones and enzymes, then courses to your muscles and organs, accelerating healing and recovery.
10. What should I wear during a Whole Body Cryotherapy session?
While using the Cryosauna your extremities will be protected by gloves, socks, and slippers, and men must additionally wear cotton underwear for protection. All jewelry must be removed. All garments will be provided for you.
11. Will I have to redo my hair/makeup afterwards?
No – because your head and face are never submerged or inside of the Cryosauna, it’s possible to return to work right afterwards. After your first session, no longer than 10 minutes should generally pass from the time you walk through the Cryotherapy doors to the time you leave.
12. How does Whole Body Cryotherapy help improve my metabolism?
WBC “tricks” your body into implementing the same responses it would if you were freezing, but without the discomfort. Your body works much harder than normal to heat itself. Consequently, it’s been reported that 500-800 calories are burned as a result of each session.
13. How does Whole Body Cryotherapy help heal my muscles and soft tissue?
Your body’s natural healing mechanisms are transported via your blood. WBC “tricks” your body into implementing the same responses as if you were freezing, which means blood moves more quickly than normal in order to warm your extremities. Increased, hormone- and enzyme-rich blood flow means increased oxygen content, minimized toxins, and enhanced muscle recovery.
14. How often should I use Whole Body Cryotherapy?
The Cryo chamber can be used up to twice a day, but this is typically only recommended for professional athletes on a very rigorous training schedule. 2-3 treatments a week are generally sufficient for most patients, however treatment schedules vary depending on your level of athletic activity, severity of soft tissue ailments, and other factors.
15. How long does a session take?
Our professional staff will recommend a temperature and duration based on your needs. Sessions last from 1.5 to 3 minutes No session is longer than 3 minutes.
16. Can I receive multiple treatments in the same day?
Absolutely. We offer a variety of modalities here at Cryotherapy Wholebody, including Whole Body Cryotherapy, Cryotherapy Facials, Localized Cryotherapy sessions for acute injuries, Reflexology, Access Consciousness Bars, and Energetic Body Processes. In the case of multiple treatments in a day, your first treatment of the day will always be the Cryotherapy Wholebody session, after which you’ll have a chance to get re-dressed, warmed up, and escorted to your next delicious treatment.
Cold therapy services, products, and equipment at Cryotherapy Wholebody have not been tested or approved by the FDA or any other government agencies for the treatment of any illness or disease. Use at your own risk and consult with your physician. The programs, methods, technologies and therapies and services at Cryotherapy Wholebody are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease, condition or illness. Individual results may vary.