How does Cryotherapy work?
Cryotherapy uses gasiform nitrogen to lower the skin surface temperature from normal body temperature to 30 degrees Fahrenheit in 30 seconds or less and keeps it that way for two to three minutes. The skin reacts to the cold and sends messages to the brain that acts as a stimulant to the regulatory functions of the body. It produces the scanning of all areas that may not be working to their fullest potential.
Who developed the Cryotherapy technology?
Whole body Cryotherapy was originally developed in Japan in 1978, and the benefits have been researched and refined in Europe and Russia since that time. It has been rapidly growing in popularity in the United States since 2010.
Do I have to take a shower before and/or after the session?
No, you don’t. Cryotherapy is absolutely dry and does not make your skin wet. Many clients pop over during a lunch break or on their way to work!It is extremely convenient to fit into a busy schedule.
Is it comfortable? What do I wear?
Before entering the cryosauna, clients are required to dress in protective clothing composed of dry cotton socks, dry cotton gloves, slippers and underwear (men), all of which we provide. Only your hands and face are visible to the operator during the procedure, so modesty is preserved at all times. Additionally, it is a dry, gaseous cold. Which means the session is tolerable even to those who may consider themselves cold-intolerant.
How do I feel after a Cryotherapy session?
During each session the body releases endorphins, which are hormones that make you feel good and energetic. The buoyant effects from each session typically last 6 to 8 hours and increase with number of sessions. Many clients have expressed that they have the best night of sleep after a Cryo session.
Who should not use Whole Body Cryotherapy?
The following conditions are contraindications to whole body Cryotherapy: Pregnancy, severe Hypertension (BP> 180/100), 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, unmanaged Diabetes, hyperhidrosis, Raynaud’s Syndrome, fever, tumor disease, symptomatic lung disorders, bleeding disorders, severe anemia, infection, cold allergy, acute kidney and urinary tract diseases.
You must be at least 13 years old to participate in whole body cryotherapy.
I am claustrophobic. May I use Whole Body Cryotherapy?
Depending on the severity and your own individual comfort level, yes, you may. The door is never locked and you may step out at any moment. The chamber is open to the top and your head is raised above the level of the upper rim of the chamber. Additionally, you can see our operator at all times.
Is nitrogen dangerous to human beings?
No. Nitrogen is a non-toxic gas. The air that we breathe is made up of 16% Oxygen, 1% Hydrogen, 78% Nitrogen and 5% of other components.
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Why should I consider working out after a cryotherapy session?
Although your core body temperature will not drop during the 3 minute cryotherapy session, it may start to cool a couple of degrees after exiting the chamber due to your body’s heat loss. To stabilize your body’s temperature as well as promote vasodilation (expansion of the body’s blood vessels) it is recommended that 10 minutes of light exercise be performed post cryotherapy. The movement will induce more rapid vasodilation of the vessels and capillaries. It can extend the period of analgesia as well as feelings of well being. Excel Cryotherapy provides exercise equipment for your use.
What are the risks of Whole Body Cryotherapy?
Whole body Cryotherapy is very well tolerated and has minimal risks: Fluctuations in blood pressure during the procedure by up to 10 points systolically (this effect reverses after the end of 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.
How does Whole Body Cryotherapy compare to an ice bath?
Simply, it doesn’t. In an ice bath, the body is struggling with actual, penetrating cold. Eventually, muscles start to congeal and freeze which can be damaging to the muscle tissue. By contrast, in the cryosauna, muscle tissue does not freeze. Peripheral tissues are constricted sending blood from the skin surface, muscle tissue and joint space and sending it to the core where it passes through the cardiovascular system. Here it is stripped of toxins and supplied with oxygen, nutrients and enzymes.
Additionally, during an ice bath, tissue begins to freeze and muscles temporarily lose capacity. Muscle tissue needs time to return to normal which requires the body to rest, typically taking hours before muscle tissue warms back up completely. Since muscle tissue does not freeze with cryotherapy, activity can occur immediately following a cryo session and is actually encouraged.
Lastly, an ice bath can cause a skin surface injury that can promote skin disease if the procedure is often repeated. Significant health risks may involve the MRSA infection (a bacterial infection that is highly resistant to some antibiotics) if ice baths are not cleaned and maintained properly. There is no such effect in the cryosauna as the client is surrounded by cold dry air and oxygen supply to the skin surface is not significantly interrupted.
How many sessions should I do to achieve optimal results?
Depending on your individual reason for using cryotherapy, you should initially have 5 – 10 sessions in close succession to maximize your results.