Cryotherapy is the local or general use of low temperatures in medical therapy. Whole Body Cryotherapy is a new spin on the ice baths that have been used for years to shorten recovery time from strenuous exercise.
Ice baths typically involve immersing yourself into a tub filled with frigid water and ice for about 10 minutes in order to reduce inflammation, pain, muscle soreness, and swelling resulting from extreme exercise. Whole-body cryotherapy takes a lot less time with two to three minutes being the limit.
In whole body cryotherapy, you are in a cryo chamber (sometimes called a cryogenic chamber) with temperatures well below zero.
Whole Body Cryotherapy uses gasiform nitrogen to lower the surface temperature of the skin from normal body temperature to 30 degrees Fahrenheit in 30 seconds or less and keeps it that way for two to three minutes.
Thermoreceptors in skin are stimulated by the cold and send messages to the brain that act to stimulate the regulatory functions of the body. The body seeks to maintain its core temperature by supplying blood and hormones to the vital organs.
When the enriched blood flows back to other areas of the body it contributes to a variety of health and wellness benefits. The skin exposure to the extreme temperatures also triggers the release of anti-inflammatory molecules and endorphins.
Basically, WBC is a “biohack” that stimulates the body’s ability to rejuvenate and repair itself.
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.
Clients entering the WBC chamber typically wear underwear, and are provided gloves and neoprene foot protection. Cryology will provide a robe, which you will remove once you are inside the WBC chamber and the door is closed. Only the client’s face and hands are visible to the operator during the procedure, and Cryology provides a private environment so modesty is preserved at all times.Nitrogen produces a dry, gaseous cold which evaporates quickly upon contact with the skin, which means the treatment is tolerable even to those who may consider themselves cold sensitive.
Yes. Single person cryochambers and multi-person walk-in cryochambers have been used for the past 30+ years without any severe adverse reaction being recorded.
Problems have only arisen if a client steps into the machine with wet clothing, especially wet socks, as water will freeze immediately at these temperatures.
The advantage of the single person chambers is that lower temperatures can be achieved. Most studies and publications have been done with this type of chamber. In order to protect the more temperature sensitive tissues such as hands and feet, clients wear dry socks, neoprene slippers, and gloves, which we provide.
During each session the body releases 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 typically last at least 6-8 hours and increase with number of treatment sessions. Many clients have expressed that they sleep better after a WBC session and that workouts and athletic performance are enhanced.
Optimal treatment duration varies with the desired outcome (e.g., Anti-Aging, Injury/Surgical Recovery, Athletic Performance/Recovery, Pain Management, etc.). For maximum results, it is generally recommended that 5-10 treatments are taken in close succession (separated by 1-2 days —e.g. 3time/week). 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). Professional athletes will often have up to two sessions a day to help achieve peak performance.
No. Colds are caused by exposure to viral organisms. WBC can stimulate the immune system and actually help decrease the severity and frequency of colds and similar viral or bacterial conditions.
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 provider at all times and we try to keep you distracted for your three minute treatment.
NO, you don’t. This procedure is absolutely dry and does not make your skin wet. Many clients come in for a quick WBC session during a lunch break or on their way to work!
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, Raynaud’s Syndrome, fever, tumor disease, symptomatic lung disorders, bleeding disorders, severe anemia, infection, cold allergy, acute kidney and urinary tract diseases.
Yes. A Cryofacial can actually reduce any puffiness or swelling from a Botox injection. However, it is best to wait 24 hours after the injection to have a Cryofacial. You can wear makeup, but the treatment is most effective when a light to moderate amount of makeup is worn. Allow time (at least half an hour) for any lotions or moisturizers to be fully absorbed by the skin prior to your Cryofacial.
Although your core body temperature will not drop during the 3 minute Cryotherapy treatment, 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 vasodilatation (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 vasodilatation of the vessels and capillaries and can extend the period of analgesia as well as feelings of well being. Cryology™ provides exercise space and equipment at our facility for these purposes, as well as foam rollers and other therapeutic devices.
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.