How does cryotherapy work? The Whole-body Cryosauna uses a gaseous form of nitrogen to lower skin surface temperature by 30-50 degrees during a two-three minute session. The exposed skin reacts to the extreme temperatures by sending messages to the brain that stimulate natural regulatory functions of the body. In addition, the skin’s exposure to these subzero temperatures trigger the release of anti-inflammatory molecules, endorphins, toxins, and increases oxygen circulation within the bloodstream.
How does whole-body cryotherapy compare to an ice bath? It doesn’t. You are simply unable to achieve the same results with an ice bath. After 12-15 minutes of a shockingly cold ice bath the skin temperature only arrives at 41 degrees whereas with 2-3 minutes of whole body cryotherapy the skin temperature gets as low as 30 degrees, this allows for a different physiological response from the body increasing your speed of recovery and overall healing. During an ice bath, the cold actually penetrates into deeper skin tissue and can be damaging to the skin. In the cryosauna, the skin is never penetrated, yet the body responds on a deeper level, even improving the skin’s overall condition.
Why do people use whole-body cryotherapy? Whole-body cryotherapy is used for its therapeutic abilities as well as its ability to reduce inflammation and promote the repair of damaged tissue.
Is cryotherapy comfortable? The treatment usually only lasts between 1.5 to 3 minutes, and the cold air does not contain any moisture, nor is there any air current, so it is very tolerable. Towards the end of the treatment, you may get a pins and needles sensation, but it’ll disappear immediately after leaving the cryochamber.
How will I feel after my cryotherapy session? During the session the body release endorphins, which will make you feel energetic. This effect can last 6 to 8 hours. Cryotherapy has been reported by some to prompt a number of positive reactions in the body including a boost in blood circulation, an increase in collagen production, improved sleep, overall increased energy, and an increased metabolic boost.
What should I wear during a cryotherapy treatment? Men: Dry socks with some form of slipper, gloves and briefs or shorts. Women: Dry socks with some form of slipper, gloves and undergarments or bathing suit. One of our certified cryo-techs will ensure you are wearing proper attire.
How soon can I expect results from a cryotherapy treatment? After completing your first treatment your body will release endorphins, which are hormones that make you feel good and energetic. This feeling will likely last for several hours. Depending on your physical condition, you may feel immediate relief from joint and muscle pain, improved energy, and increased flexibility that will last for several hours or even days.
Do I exercise before or after whole body cryotherapy? It is safe either way. If you exercise before whole body cryotherapy, you will experience increased energy and greater recovery due to the reduction in inflammation. If you exercise after the cryosauna, you will experience a higher pain tolerance and more energy.
Is one cryochamber treatment enough? While every therapy session is beneficial and you’ll feel immediate results, research has shown that you will experience improved and cumulative benefits after a minimum of 10 sessions, within a two or three week period. (To achieve peak performance, professional athletes might benefit from having up to two sessions a day). After that you can take fewer treatments spaced further apart to maintain and improve on your results (For example, once or twice a week).
Are there negative effects to cryotherapy? In persons who have conditions like hypothyroidism, tuberculosis, respiratory diseases, heart conditions, nervous system diseases and blood diseases, among others, there is a greater risk of cryotherapy side effects and some of them can be severe or dangerous. Additionally, there is a greater risk of cryotherapy side effects in persons who are over the age of sixty five, those with substance abuse problems, persons with emotional disorders and those who have known problems with cold tolerance. These are examples of why screening before treatment are so critically important.
Is nitrogen dangerous for humans? No, it isn’t. Nitrogen is a non-toxic, natural gas. The air that we breathe is made up of 20% Oxygen, 78% Nitrogen and 2% of other components. Our website features many nitrogen cooled cryosaunas. Find and compare them to learn more.
Is there anyone who shouldn’t use a cryochamber? Anyone who is pregnant, has severe unmanaged hypertension (BP> 180/100), has a cardiac pacemaker, is being treated for cancer, has deep vein thrombosis, acute or recent myocardial infarction, uncontrolled seizures, fever, unstable angina pectoris, Raynaud’s syndrome, cold allergy, acute kidney and urinary tract diseases, open wounds or ulcers, or is under influence of drugs or alcohol is advised not to use Cryotherapy.
How often can I have a cryotherapy session? No more than two times a day if you are in heavy training or rehab. Otherwise, a consistent regiment of two or three times a week is generally adequate for most people.
Is it safe to get that cold? Whole body cryotherapy has been researched and studied throughout the world for over 3 decades. During this time, countless individuals have experienced the numerous benefits cryotherapy produces as a result of the body’s exposure to extremely low temperatures for a short duration. In a cryosauna, these temperatures are achieved using dry gasiform nitrogen which penetrates the skin to a depth of approximately 0.5 mm keeping tissue and muscle protected, in contrast to traditional ice baths which can be damaging due to prolonged exposure.
Is there anything I should avoid after my session? There is nothing you need to avoid after a cryochamber session.
Have Questions about Cryotherapy or Cryosaunsa?
Contact us here.