What is Cryotherapy?
Cryotherapy is the use of nitrogen gas to lower the body’s surface temperature. It can be applied locally to provide targeted pain relief or to your whole body for overall wellness and healing.
When and where was Cryotherapy developed?
Cryotherapy was originally developed in Japan in 1978. It has been researched and used extensively for a variety of medical and fitness applications in Europe over the past few decades.
How does Whole Body Cryotherapy (WBC) work?
Whole Body Cryotherapy uses nitrogen gas to lower the body’s surface temperature. The body seeks to maintain its core temperature by increasing blood flow to the vital organs. When the enriched blood flows back to the rest of the body, it brings with it a variety of benefits ranging from inflammation reduction to enhanced energy.
What do I wear during WBC?
Clients entering the WBC chamber typically wear underwear and are provided gloves and foot protection. You’ll also be provided with a robe, which you will remove once you are inside the WBC chamber. Only your face and hands are visible to the operator.
Is WBC comfortable?
The session only lasts a few minutes and is tolerable even to those who are sensitive to cold.
How will I feel after WBC?
WBC causes the body to release endorphins, which are hormones that provide a feeling of energy and well-being. Pain and inflammation are relieved as well. The effects from each WBC session last at 6-8 hours and increase with the number of sessions. Many clients have expressed that they sleep better after a WBC session and that workouts and athletic performance are enhanced.
How many sessions will I need to achieve optimal results?
For maximum results, we recommend 5-10 sessions in close succession (separated by 1-2 days). After that, you can have fewer sessions spaced further apart to maintain and improve on your results (e.g. once every week or two weeks). Professional athletes will often have up to two sessions a day to help achieve peak performance.
Can I catch a cold from WBC?
No, colds are caused by exposure to viral organisms. WBC stimulates your immune system and can help decrease the severity and frequency of colds and similar conditions.
I’m claustrophobic. Can I use WBC?
Absolutely. The door is never locked, and you can step out at any time. Also, your head is above the upper rim of the chamber for the entire three-minute session.
Do I have to take a shower before or after the session?
No, you don’t. WBC is completely dry and does not make your skin wet. Many clients come in for a quick session during a lunch break or on their way to work.
Are there any conditions that would prevent me from using WBC?
Yes, they include: 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, Raynaud’s Syndrome, fever, tumor disease, symptomatic lung disorders, bleeding disorders, severe anemia, infection, cold allergies, acute kidney and urinary tract diseases.
Can I have a CryoFacial if I have had Botox or other injectables?
Yes, a CryoFacial can reduce any puffiness or swelling from a Botox injection. However, it is best to wait 24 hours after the injection to have a CryoFacial.
Can I wear makeup?
You can wear makeup, but the treatment is most effective when a light to moderate amount of makeup is worn.
Is working out after WBC a good idea?
Although your core body temperature will not drop during the three-minute session, it may start to cool after exiting the chamber due to your body’s heat loss. To stabilize your body’s temperature, as well as promote the expansion of your blood vessels, we recommend 10 minutes of light exercise after your session. We provide exercise space and equipment, foam rollers, and other therapeutic devices at our facilities.
Are there any risks?
WBC has minimal risks, but we want to make you aware of them.
- • Fluctuations in blood pressure during the procedure
- • Allergic reactions to extreme cold (rare)
- • Anxiety
- • Claustrophobia
- • Activation of some viral conditions (cold sores) due to stimulation of the immune system
How cold do the WBC sessions get?
Level 1: -110°C / -166°F
Level 1: -120°C / -184°F
Level 1: -130°C / -202°F
If I have arthritis in my foot, will WBC work for me since my foot is covered by a sock and shoe?
Yes, since WBC is a systemic relief of inflammation, all areas of the body will experience the benefit. We do recommend adding a spot treatment after your WBC session if you have a particular problem area. However, you do not need to have the problem area exposed to the cold nitrogen vapor during the WBC session to experience the benefit.
Can I receive multiple sessions of different modalities in the same day?
Yes, you can couple multiple different modalities together in the same day. There are only the following restrictions:
- Multiple WBC sessions in the same day must be separated by at least 4 hours
- PBM sessions can only be received every other day. (Clients may not receive PBM sessions on two consecutive days at a time)
- PBM sessions may not be coupled with IR Sauna sessions or WBC sessions in the same day
- WBC and IR Sauna sessions may be received on the same day. We recommend clients wait at least 15 minutes between their WBC session and IR Sauna session to allow their body to recover. Both modalities are somewhat taxing on your body, so please consult a doctor before receiving both treatments in the same day.
How often should I receive a CryoFacial™?
For optimal results, we recommend clients receive a CryoFacial once per week. Each client may experience results at a different rate depending on the condition of their skin, presence or absence of wrinkles, age, etc. However, there is no harm in receiving a CryoFacial more frequently.